September 17th 2015
New York Times-bestselling author, Paolo Bacigalupi, will discuss “The Water Knife” and the future of the Colorado River as part of ASU’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative.
In Paolo Bacigalupi’s most recent science fiction novel, “The Water Knife,” Phoenix is dried up and California and Nevada are not too far behind. The millions of people who rely on the Colorado River to survive are not only thirsty, but fighting for their lives. It’s a compelling story that captures a not-so-distant future. Will Phoenix eventually collapse? Will the river dry up?
As part of Arizona State University’s Imagination and Climate Futures Initiative, a partnership between the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives, Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing and Center for Science and the Imagination, Bacigalupi will visit ASU on Thursday, September 17 to share the inspiration behind “The Water Knife” and discuss how he uses creative writing to imagine the future of the Southwest. Bacigalupi follows award-winning author Margaret Atwood as the second guest lecturer for the Initiative.
Past Distinguished Visiting Writers have included Margaret Atwood, Michael Schiffer, Amy Tan, David Quammen, Michael Ondaatje, and Michael Chabon, among many others.