Robert moved to Ouray in 1977 and during the past 42 years has been the owner of The Sandman and Buckskin Booksellers. Robert graduated from Millsaps College in Mississippi and went to graduate school for geology in Lawrence, Kansas. He is the only person in the United States who makes sand bottles using natural sands, which you can find at the bookshop. Robert’s passions are geology and the minerals of the San Juan mountains. He has a son, Ian, a graphic artist, who lives in Los Angeles.
An Air Force loadmaster is shot out of the sky, then saved by falling into a banyan. An artist inherits 100 years of photographs, all of the same doomed American chestnut. An undergraduate in the 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A scientist discovers that trees are communicating with one another. These four, and five other strangers—each summoned by trees—are brought together in a last stand to save the continent's remaining acres of virgin forest.
Lyman Ward is a retired professor of history, recently confined to a wheelchair by a crippling bone disease and dependant on others for his every need. Amid the chaos of 1970s counterculture he retreats to his ancestral home of Grass Valley, California, to write the biography of his grandmother: an elegant and headstrong artist and pioneer who, together with her engineer husband, made her own journey through the hardscrabble West nearly a hundred years before. In discovering her story he excavates his own, probing the shadows of his experience and the America that has come of age around him.
Anderson Lake is AgriGen’s Calorie Man, sent to work undercover as a factory manager in Thailand while combing Bangkok’s street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history’s lost calories.
Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. Emiko is not human; she is an engineered being, grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman, but now abandoned to the streets of Bangkok. Regarded as soulless beings by some, devils by others, New People are slaves, soldiers, and toys of the rich in this chilling near future in which calorie companies rule the world, the oil age has passed, and the side effects of bio-engineered plagues run rampant across the globe.
What happens when calories become currency? What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits and forces mankind to the cusp of post-human evolution? Bacigalupi delivers one of the most highly-acclaimed science fiction novels of the twenty-first century.
My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.
So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.