The Windup Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi

Hot news from Orbit: “Time Magazine named The Windup Girl as one of the ten best novels of 2009 and the book has won an extraordinary five of 2010’s major international SF awards: the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook Award and John W. Campbell Memorial Award. 

To take advantage of the huge buzz for this book, Orbit is taking the unusual step of releasing the ebook edition immediately, as the fastest way of getting this important work to a UK audience. The print edition will be out later, from 2 December, in B-format paperback. The extraordinary word-of-mouth excitement for this work will ensure a tremendous response on UK publication. 

The story is set in a chilling near future Thailand, where calories count as currency with the world’s foodstuffs becoming depleted. It is an action-packed adventure with a complex plot weaving conspiracy and forbidden relationships. But it’s also a politically acute commentary on our own world.

Winner of five major SF awards, The Windup Girl is Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut novel. And it’s both a heart-stopping dystopian thriller and a razor-sharp vision of our near future. Orbit is absolutely delighted to welcome this multiple award winning author onto the list, who is being hailed as one of the most visionary authors writing in this field today.”