“We should all be windups by now. It’s easier to build a person impervious to blister rust than to protect an earlier version of the human creature. A generation from now, we could be well-suited for our new environment. Your children could be beneficiaries. Yet you people refuse to adapt. You cling to some idea of a humanity that evolved in concert with your environment over millennia, and which you now, perversely, refuse to remain in lockstep with… . Our environment has changed. If we wish to remain at the top of our food chain, we will evolve.”
One of the points where arguments converge, and also incidentally something like a classic villain’s speech, even though it’s not delivered by the worst character, nor is it delivered to the best. But it gets at the problem Bacigalupi’s playing with, a version of the role of technology in preserving or opposing nature, and by situating it within this minor confrontation the book’s perspective remains equivocal, uncertain. The Windup Girl is much more interested in underlining and extrapolating the errors of the past — our present — than it is in solving its own world’s problems.
December 30, 2010, 2:24pm Comments