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Paolo Bacigalupi is the science fiction writer of “The Windup Girl,” “Ship Breaker” and the National Book Award finalist “Zombie Baseball Beatdown” (Little Brown/Hachette). He has worked as an environmental newspaper editor, which exposed him to scientific journalists’ discoveries that have served as his inspiration. “I get to take their nightmares and translate that into my fiction,” he told Publishers Weekly. His works have been featured in “The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction” and “Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine” and have garnered many awards, including the Michael L. Printz, the Hugo, the Nebula, the Locus, the Compton Crook, the John W. Campbell Memorial, the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial and several international awards.