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; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-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.
It's a strange new world--calorie companies have become the most powerful global forces, overtaking oil companies and many governments. Bangkok remains an exciting and devilish city, and it's on this city's streets that Anderson Lake, who shamelessly works for one of the biggest calorie companies, meets Emiko, an android designed as a sex toy. The picture of the future that Paolo Bacigalupi paints in this additive yet disturbing follow-up to THE CALORIE MAN and THE YELLOW CARD MAN hits frighteningly close to home, resonating with contemporary environmental crises and medical issues. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 100 Best Books of 2009.
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- May 1, 2010
- May 1, 2010
- Paolo Bacigalupi