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Old 09-20-2009, 02:53 PM   #1
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The Windup Girl

The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...
Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; she is an engineered being, crèche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in a chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.
Without any doubt the best book I have read this year! (and it's available from Baen (Nightshade) which means multiformat without DRM)

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Old 09-20-2009, 09:13 PM   #2
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Have you read the other two books/stories in this "world"?
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Not yet! Looking forward to that, of course!

Three short stories available online here:

http://windupstories.com/pumpsix/the-fluted-girl/
http://windupstories.com/pumpsix/the...sand-and-slag/
http://windupstories.com/pumpsix/the-tamarisk-hunter/

They're free, of course!

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Old 09-21-2009, 01:36 AM   #4
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http://www.nightshadebooks.com/downloads

(Just download the three stories from Pump Six file, don't bother with the two Windup Stories file, which is two of the three same stories from the Pump Six one.)
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Started this (very late) last night. Only read a couple of chapters, but great so far.
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Have you read the other two books/stories in this "world"?
Yes. The Calorie Man is outstanding, and Yellow Card Man is very good.
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Old 09-22-2009, 09:19 AM   #7
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I really enjoyed this book. The short-stories are pretty cool too. Best of all in my opinion is The Fluted Girl. Weird and really wonderful.
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From the pitch for The Windup Girl:
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What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits, when said bio-terrorism's genetic drift forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution?
My, that does sound tasty.


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About 2/3 done. Opinion still stands.
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Old 09-24-2009, 05:29 PM   #10
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Thank you for this recommendation. Sounds real interesting.
Is it readable without knowing anything about his "world"? Will I be confused when I read the other stuff later? Or should I go chronologically?
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Not necessary at all to read anything else, so no need. Although you will find Calorie Man and Yellow Card Man online. Just be slightly more illuminating if you do.
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Yep, just started with Calorie Man last night and I must say it's .... different
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From wikipedia,

There are conceptually two types of GURT: (Genetic Use Restriction Technology)
V-GURT: This type of GURT produces sterile seeds meaning that a farmer that had purchased seeds containing v-GURT technology could not save the seed from this crop for future planting. This would not have an immediate impact on the large number of primarily western farmers who use hybrid seeds, as they do not produce their own planting seeds, and instead buy specialized hybrid seeds from seed production companies. However, currently around 80 percent of farmers in both Brazil and Pakistan grow crops based on saved seeds from previous harvests.[2] Consequentially, resistance to the introduction of GURT technology into developing countries is strong.[2] The technology is restricted at the plant variety level - hence the term V-GURT. Manufacturers of genetically enhanced crops would use this technology to protect their products from unauthorised use.
T-GURT: A second type of GURT modifies a crop in such a way that the genetic enhancement engineered into the crop does not function until the crop plant is treated with a chemical that is sold by the biotechnology company. Farmers can save seeds for use each year. However, they do not get to use the enhanced trait in the crop unless they purchase the activator compound. The technology is restricted at the trait level - hence the term T-GURT."

The author makes mention of this (using the term "Terminator gene") in relation to his book.

I love it, DRM for food.
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