Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Orbit books goes digital first with multiple award-winning SF novel.

Last one to the party again...

Am I the only person in the world who hasn't got round to reading Paolo Bacigalupi’s 'The Windup Girl'? It feels like it sometimes, especially when no-one seems to have a single bad thing to say about it. Now, thanks to Orbit, it looks like I'm going to be the last person in the UK to read 'The Windup Girl' when it's released, and all because I don't have an e-reader (or whatever they're called, young people these days etc etc)
Check out the press release 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 2nd 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.

Paolo had this to say on his UK publication: ‘I'm amazed, gob-smacked, delighted, and frankly overwhelmed that THE WINDUP GIRL has received such a positive response from readers and critics. And I’m now very excited that The Windup Girl will be coming to a UK audience.’

I guess I'll be waiting a little while longer to read this one... :o) While I'm waiting, what am I missing out on? Is 'The Windup Girl' really as good as everyone is making out?


Unknown said...

I read his Pump Six and other stories and didn't find anything all that worthy. The guy can write but he failed to stir me one way or the other.

I don't think you are missing out on much.

Benjamin said...

Personally, I've loved everything he's written so far. He's one of my new favorite authors and it's not easy for me to find something I really, really like.

Edward Cunningham said...

I still haven't read it! I just bought it a bookstore down the street and I was so excited! Presently, I can't find it in the piles of books that fill my house.