• Crew up, Nailer!" Lucky Girl shouted. "You think I'm going to pull your ass up here like a damn swank?

    Paolo Bacigalupi
  • They’d blame a castoff just for breathing. You could be good as gold and they’d still blame you

    Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Thanks to the centrifugal pump, places like Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas had thrown on the garments of fertility for a century, pretending to greenery and growth as they mined glacial water from ten-thousand-year-old aquifers. They'd played dress-up-in-green and pretended it could last forever. They'd pumped up the Ice Age and spread it across the land, and for a while they'd turned their dry lands lush. Cotton, wheat, corn, soybeans -- vast green acreages, all because someone could get a pump going. Those places had dreamed of being different from what they were. They'd had aspirations. And then the water ran out, and they fell back, realizing too late that their prosperity was borrowed, and there would be no more coming

    Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Start by loving, instead of needing

    Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Jesus walked on water, so maybe he makes aquifers, too

    Paolo Bacigalupi
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