GUEST OF HONOUR: Francesco Verso

Francesco Verso is an Italian multiple-award Science Fiction writer and editor. He has published: Antidoti umani, e-Doll, Livido, Bloodbusters and I camminatori. Livido (translated in English by Sally McCorry as Nexthuman) and Bloodbusters have been published in the USA UK and China. He also works as Editor of Future Fiction, a multicultural project, publishing the best SF in translation from 20 countries and 8 different languages, which won the Best Publisher Award at the 2019 EuroCon in Belfast. He can be found at www.futurefiction.org.

Francesco is going to offer a great programme at FantaSTikon. A part of our organisation team met him last year at Refesticon in Bijelo Polje (Montenegro) and they speak of him, his lectures, the amount of knowledge he has and the way he transfers it, with great delight.

1) World Science Fiction: Preserving the Biodiversity of the Future

The value of diversity is getting more relevant in regards to the issues of a globalized World. SF literary difference is the best way to keep the genre alive and fresh, as it should be by definition, because Science Fiction is the Fiction of Transformation. A guide to discover SF from other languages, countries and cultures and to understand the importance of translations in order to create a better and more representative market.

2) Solarpunk: new Science Fiction for a tech-wise and sustainable future

Solarpunk is a new genre with its center in the political practice and experimentation with alternative technologies; Solarpunk tries to merge ecologically sustainable solutions with the coming technologies of CRISPR-Cas9, 3D printing, Big Data, A.I and prosthetics, to tackle the challenges posed to humanity by hypercapitalism and biopolitical forces. With origins in SF and radical enviromentalism, Solarpunk promotes decentralized infrastructures, community engagement and do-it-yourself attitude

3) Anatomy of Future Bodies

In his 5 published novels, Francesco Verso has explored different ways to achieve a sort of Transhumanism that could lead to Posthumanism. Using diverse SF technologies like cyberpunkish implants and 3D printed prostethics, mind-uploading, bio-mimetic artificial bodies and nanotech, his stories question the very nature of human beings and the often ambiguos relationship they have with technology as a tool of overcome biological limits.

4) EuroCon 2021.

Free talk about the EuroCon in Fiuggi, March 2021.  

Lectures are going to be held in English, and some books are going to be available for sale.

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