The Windup Girl Paolo Bacig alupi, 2009

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In 1999, The Ma­trix ef­fec­tively killed off cy­ber­punk by tak­ing so many of its tropes main­stream and mak­ing them clichés in the process. Hap­pily, it seems no­body told Paolo Baci­galupi, who a decade later up­dated the genre with his tale of life in 23rd- cen­tury Thai­land, and grabbed him­self Hugo, Ne­bula and John C Camp­bell Awards in the process. A novel that lingers in the imag­i­na­tion not just be­cause it ex­plores big ideas around biotech, but be­cause Emiko, the “windup girl” her­self, is such a mem­o­rable hero­ine.

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