Today I am interviewing Francesco Verso, Italian SF writer, editor of the multicultural project Future Fiction and author of the novel Nexhuman, just published by Apex Books.
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DJ: Hi Francesco! Thanks for agreeing to do this interview!
For readers who aren’t familiar with you, could you tell us a little about yourself?
Francesco Verso: After 8 years spent in IBM, the PC Division where I was working as IT Specialist has been sold to Lenovo and 2 years later I’ve decided to quit working in the IT sector to dedicate my whole life to writing and publishing Science Fiction.
Over the last 10 years I’ve won 2 Urania Mondadori Award (e-Doll in 2009 and Bloodbusters in 2014), 1 Odissea Award (Livido in 2012) and 1 Italia Award (Livido in 2013). Livido in particular has been published in English as Nexhuman, first in Australia by Xoum and now in the USA by Apex Books.
So far, I’ve published 5 novels and around 10 short stories in three, four languages. On top of that, since 2014 I’ve started the Future Fiction multicultural project: a no-profit small press dedicated to publishing the best SF authors from all over the world in translation from seven languages so far (Chinese, Spanish, German, French, Portuguese, Russian and Italian of course).
DJ: What is Nexhuman about?
Francesco: The main idea of book was inspired by a real fact that I’ve experienced some years ago: I was going out of a flea market in Rome with my wife when we noticed – inside a big garbage bin – an 8 year old boy who had just found a doll as tall as him; he was cleaning it, taking care of it and caressing it as if it was his own girlfriend. Then his mother came along protesting to move along and don’t waste any time with the doll as he should have been searching for more valuable things. This image, touching and terrible at the same time, started Peter Payne’s personal drama and his seemingly impossible love. It is no secret that hyper-consumerism and overproduction is leaving on the ground of every city the price that we have to pay for our neglect and lack of respect for the environment. In Nexhuman I’ve pushed this alarming situation to the extreme consequences of a process that is already visible almost everywhere. Continue reading