The #ColoradoRiver Twittersphere hits the big time #waterknife


Paolo Bacigalupi writes, in the acknowledgement section of his new book, “The Water Knife“:

Others I’d like to thank because I had a chance to lurk over their shoulders on Twitter include Charles Fishman @cfishman, John Fleck @jfleck, John Orr @CoyoteGulch, Michael Campana @WaterWired, and the water news site @circleofblue, not to mention the many other individuals and organizations who drop stories and tidbits into hashtags like #coriver, #drought, and #water.

Thanks for the shout out Paolo, it means a lot. What a cool thing, Twitter for research and context.

Here’s what The Tattered Cover bookstore has to say about the book:


Paolo Bacigalupi, “New York Times” best-selling author of “The Windup Girl” and National Book Award finalist, delivers a near-future thriller that casts new light on how we live today and what may be in store for us tomorrow.

The American Southwest has been decimated by drought. Nevada and Arizona skirmish over dwindling shares of the Colorado River, while California watches, deciding if it should just take the whole river all for itself. Into the fray steps Las Vegas water knife Angel Velasquez. Detective, assassin, and spy, Angel cuts water for the Southern Nevada Water Authority and its boss, Catherine Case, ensuring that her lush, luxurious arcology developments can bloom in the desert and that anyone who challenges her is left in the gutted-suburban dust.

When rumors of a game-changing water source surface in Phoenix, Angel is sent to investigate. With a wallet full of identities and a tricked-out Tesla, Angel arrows south, hunting for answers that seem to evaporate as the heat index soars and the landscape becomes more and more oppressive. There, Angel encounters Lucy Monroe, a hardened journalist, who knows far more about Phoenix’s water secrets than she admits, and Maria Villarosa, a young Texas migrant, who dreams of escaping north to those places where water still falls from the sky.

As bodies begin to pile up and bullets start flying, the three find themselves pawns in a game far bigger, more corrupt, and dirtier than any of them could have imagined. With Phoenix teetering on the verge of collapse and time running out for Angel, Lucy, and Maria, their only hope for survival rests in one another’s hands. But when water is more valuable than gold, alliances shift like sand, and the only truth in the desert is that someone will have to bleed if anyone hopes to drink.

About the Author

Paolo Bacigalupi’s debut young adult novel, Ship Breaker, was a Michael L. Printz Award winner, a National Book Award Finalist, and a Locus Award winner. His debut adult novel, The Windup Girl, was named by Time Magazine as one of the ten best novels of 2009 and won the Hugo, Nebula, Locus, Compton Crook, and John W. Campbell Memorial Awards. His short-story collection, Pump Six and Other Stories, was a 2008 Locus Award winner for Best Collection and was also named one of the Best Books of the Year by Publishers Weekly. He lives with his wife and son in western Colorado.

2015 Martz Summer Conference day 1 notes #martz2015

White violets growing along the Meadow Creek trail in Frisco, Colorado.
White violets along a trail near Frisco — Photo via Bob Berwyn

The first day of the conference was so much fun — great conversations during the networking sessions, well-prepared and interesting speakers and a Twitter-fest. I’ll be live-Tweeting again today @CoyoteGulch.

Click here to view my day 1 notes (Tweets). I fat-fingered the hash tag during the presentation on the Salton Sea. To see those Tweets click here.