Water is power. In the near future, a severe drought in the southwest has demolished Texas, and Phoenix is ravaged and desolate, on the verge of total breakdown. While the wealthy stay wet, the poor get the dust, buying water by the ($6-plus) gallon and struggle to find ways north through militarized borders at state lines. Welcome to The Water Knife by National Book Award winner Paolo Bacigalupi — and to a world that seems terrifyingly possible given the ongoing drought plaguing the west and southwest.
Paolo Bacigalupi is an oft-honored science fiction and fantasy writer. His books include "The Water Knife," "The Windup Girl," "Ship Breaker," and "The Drowned Cities." He is a National Book Award Finalist, and winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Theodore Sturgeon Memorial and John W. Campbell Awards, and a three-time winner of the Locus Award.