Paolo Bacigalupi's "The Doubt Factory"


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“All his books have a two things in common: technical brilliance and nuanced, important treatments of social issues. It’s a killer combination.”

I would have to take issue with this. I couldn’t finish “The Windup Girl,” specifically because it was trying so hard to be gritty, dystopian, hard SF, and failed so miserably. There’s nothing wrong with space opera, and there are good books in that genre, but watching someone try to do hard SF and fail was just painful.

The basic premise of that book seemed to be that growing biomass and feeding it to genetically engineered large animals could be a more efficient source of renewable power centuries in the future, when, even now, we can easily get power from the sun more efficiently using any number of different methods than could ever be possible that way.

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