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Blue Tyson said in March 6th, 2008 at 9:25 pm

Yes, that is a good point – if you like Shepard, fair chance you will like Bacigalupi, and vice versa.

Rusty said in March 7th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

Blue Tyson,

Yeah, the military part of “Sand and Slag” seemed to be fairly similar to military parts of “Salvador.” It is all that other “in between” stuff that really separates the two. Where “Sand and Slag” evolves into a little bit of “aw – how nice”, “Salvador” more or less evolves into “Ooh – that is crazy!”

Blue Tyson said in March 8th, 2008 at 8:03 pm

The other thing is I have seen Shepard say explicitly he likes Bacigalupi’s stuff, too, for further evidence.

Cin said in March 13th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

This was bizarre, I pictured the people as x-men-ish. Some interesting thoughts on evolving as a species I suppose. I liked the interest they showed in the dog, the things they learned about it showed their humanity, uh…up until the end…

Rusty said in March 13th, 2008 at 6:26 pm


I agree that there were some bizarre ideas in this story, like what they eat, and those parts at the end on the beach, but I think that is part of what makes it so interesting. A little mind stretching going on there!

Omphalos said in December 2nd, 2008 at 9:08 pm

I thought that this story was great, but I hated his follow up, The Calorie Man.

Rusty said in December 2nd, 2008 at 9:34 pm


Yeah, this was a bizarre but cool story. The only other story I have read from Paolo Bacigalupi is The Fluted Girl – which I liked even more than this one. It was also creepy, but cool at the same time.

Omphalos said in December 2nd, 2008 at 11:13 pm

I think he has a collection coming out soon, which I may buy. I heard that The Fluted Girl was great, but everyone also liked The Calorie Man, which was pretty boring, IMHO.