In his debut novel The Windup Girl, science fiction writer Paolo Bacigalupi explored a world ravaged by climate change and energy scarcity — and won both the Hugo and the Nebula awards while he was at it.
Though his dystopian future might not seem like the best place for kids, he followed up with two books for young adults: Ship Breaker and The Drowned Cities. Set in the same universe as The Windup Girl, they are gripping adventure tales about kids doing what it takes to survive in a world where the odds are always stacked against them.
In this episode of the Storyboard podcast, Bacigalupi talks to Wired senior editor Adam Rogers about the appeal of YA fiction, life in the “Accelerated Age” and writing political novels that don’t feel like polemics. There is a brief moment of mature language.