link Here is one interview. The Water Knife is a detective thriller set amidst drought refugees and physical battles between cities over water. It has romance, murder, gangs, chases, and journalists. The Windup Girl is about a future of GMOs, rising sea levels, hunger, loss of species of food crops, racial blaming, and hunger after terminator genes wipe out many food varieties. Oil is gone. It is a bit violent. link Another interview. Drowned Cities and Ship Breaker are about societies where the oil based energy system is gone, and people struggle in gangs over the spoils or else move on to wind-powered ships. Zombie Baseball Beatdown is about middle schoolers battlling GMO mad cows from a slaughter house. It also touches on bullying, discrimination against immigrants, corporate power over local government, and friendship. The Doubt Factory is about radicals protesting against toxic products . It focuses on a high school girl's relationship to her father, who is doing the fake pr for tobacco, pesticide, drug, and oil companies. She is attracted to rebellious radicals who want to expose the corporate pr.