In a future threatened by the spread of "kipple" (garbage & trash), Peter Payne is part of a fringe society that scavenges junk to survive. His days are spent in the refuse of humanity and running with a teenage gang called The Dead Bones lead by his brother Charlie. But when Peter finds beauty in the world in the shape of Alba, an advanced model female nexhuman, he finds purpose ... and love. When Charlie and The Dead Bones destroy Peter's dreams for the future, Peter embarks on a quest to rebuild the object of his obsession.
Exploring themes such as cybernetics, consumerism, robotics, and transcendence, Nexhuman expands on classic science fiction to build a world as deep and searching as its main character.
Francesco Verso is a hardworking author and publisher tirelessly promoting the science fiction genre in Italy. Born in Bologna, in 1973, he has a major in Environmental Economics at the University of Roma Tre and worked at IBM (PC Division) until 2005, then for Lenovo until 2008. Since 2008 he has worked as a full-time writer/publisher of Italian Science Fiction. His novel Antidoti umani was a finalist for the 2004 Urania Mondadori Award. In 2009, he won the Urania Mondadori Award for his book e-Doll. In 2011, he wrote short stories like “Flush,” “90 Cents,” “Two Worlds” (published on International Speculative Fiction nr.5), and “Fernando Morales, This Is Your Death!” In the same year, he finished his third novel Livido, which went on to win the Odyssey Award 2013 and Italy Award 2014 for best Italian Science Fiction novel. Livido, published in 2014 in Australia by Xoum with the title of Nexhuman is his first novel to be translated into English.