Alephi is going to celebrate the December month as the month of Sci.Fi. writers. We ask one small question to the Sci.Fi. writers worldwide…
Francesco Verso is an Italian writer. His first novel, Human Antidotes, was finalist at Urania-Mondadori Award. In 2009 he won the Urania-Mondadori Award with e-Doll. In 2013 he won the Odyssey Award by Delos Books with Livido (also Cassiopea and Italy Award for best SF novel). He wrote short stories such as Flush, 90 Cents, Two Worlds and Fernando Morales, This is Your Death!. With his fourth book “Bloodbusters” he won his second Urania Mondadori Award (ex-aequo with Sandro Battisti). He has written a fifth book “The Pulldogs”, which is the first part of a project called “The Walkers”. He’s writing the second part, whose title is “No/Mad/Land”. After being co-editor of “Avatar” book series by Kipple Officina Libraria, in 2014 he started the Future Fiction project, dealing with multicultural scouting from English and non-English speaking countries with the ambition of putting together the masterpieces of contemporary speculative fiction genre. Future Fiction deals also with multimedia projects ranging from digital books, performative arts and audio/video installations. Francesco Verso’s stories have been translated in Chinese, Spanish and Portuguese, on top of being represented on stage in the SF show The Milky Way and sold abroad on International Speculative Fiction #5 and The Chicago Quarterly Review #20. Livid (aka Nexhuman in 2nd edition) has been published in Australia by Xoum Publishing in 2014.
As co-founder – with Francesco Mantovani – and the series editor Future Fiction for Mincione issues, he take care to select the best stories from around the world, with special attention to those written in non-English-speaking countries and cultures.
Alephi : Which sci.fi. book do you like?
Francesco Verso : I like anything written by Ian McDonald but in particular I’d like to point out “The River of Gods”, set in 2047 India, where there are lots of interesting near future ideas: an ecological project to bring water to the country, a political conflict between emerging superpowers, the raise of AI’s mingled with the Indian spiritual pantheon, a mysterious message from outer world, all flowing along the great river Ganges.
The criss-crossing plotlines and the numerous characters develop multiple stories and eventually get all together in a wonderful big picture representing the diversities and complexities of a mixed society like the Indian one.
“The River of Gods” is a very ambitious novel, full of details and inventiveness, a book I recommend not just to Sci-Fi readers but to everyone interested in the possible future of the world.
I had the honor and pleasure to interview Ian McDonald some years ago during an Italian SF Con called “DeepCon” in Fiuggi. Here’s the link.