Italian Science Fiction:
From a Glorious Past into an Unknown Future
From the otherworldly voyage depicted in Dante’s Divina Commedia and the early modern utopias by Giordano Bruno and Tommaso Campanella, up through the proto-SF of Primo Levi and the Imaginary Fiction of Tommaso Landolfi and Italo Calvino, Italy has always been a cradle of fantastic literature. Embrace the Science Fiction Renaissance of Italian literature through Authors that won the Urania Award and explored a wide range of topics, including bio-ethical issues, AI, posthuman perspectives, climate fiction and environmental concerns. Italian Science Fiction is much bigger and more diverse than the general public might imagine.
Francesco Verso (born in Bologna, 1973) has published: Antidoti umani (2004 Urania Mondadori Award finalist), e-Doll (winner of 2008 Urania Mondadori Award), Livido (2013 Odyssey Award from Delos Books, 2014 Italy Award for Best SF Novel, published in the USA by Apex Books as Nexhuman) and BloodBusters, (winner of 2014 Urania Mondadori Award, ex-aequo with Sandro Battisti). Francesco’s stories have appeared in various magazines (Robot, iComics, Fantasy Magazine), have been adapted for and performed on stage (The Milky Way) and sold abroad (Chicago Quarterly Review, International Speculative Fiction #5, Future Affairs Administration). He lives in Rome with his wife, Elena, and his daughter, Sofia.