She entered the Martian desert, all alone.
Where is she going?
What secret is she hiding?
Thirty years after the Mars exploration mission ‘Hera’, whose crew died in mysterious circumstances, the ensuing political issues that slowed NASA's race to conquer space have finally ended. This time the five members of the new ‘Isis’ mission will not travel the 400 million kilometres for a short visit. This time they are destined to become the first colonisers of the Red Planet.
The science fiction series “Red Desert”, set in the near future, includes four books.
The first one, “Point of No Return”, is a novella.
In what looks like a suicide attempt, Swedish exobiologist Anna Persson, crew member of the Isis, secretly leaves Station Alpha at the crack of dawn to travel deep into the Martian desert in a pressurised rover.
As she journeys to the limit of her two day oxygen supply, she shows us memories of events from her past leading up to the mission. Little by little, as time and oxygen run out, she reveals the real Anna.
Whatever her goal, wherever it is, will Anna reach her destination?
The second book in the series is “Red Desert - People of Mars” (a novel).
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About the author
Rita Carla Francesca Monticelli is an Italian independent author.
She lives in Cagliari (Sardinia, Italy), where she works as writer, technical, scientific and literary translator, and web copywriter. She is also a biologist and worked as researcher, tutor and professor's assistant in the field of ecology at "Dipartimento di Biologia Animale ed Ecologia" of the University of Cagliari until 2004, when she founded Anakina Web. As part of her firm remit, she currently manages her creative writing and translation activities, as well as web design and music management.
As a cinema addict, she started by writing screenplays and fan fictions inspired by the movies.
She is author of poems in English, published in the United States in antologies and audiobooks, and has written some song lyrics.
She writes fiction since 2009. In 2011 she completed her first original science fiction novel, "L'isola di Gaia", which will be published in November 2014, and in March 2012 she published "La morte è soltanto il principio", fantasy novel about ancient Egypt, inspired by the movie "The Mummy".
Between 2012-2013 she wrote a science fiction series titled "Deserto rosso", which is having a good success in Italy. The first episode "Punto di non ritorno" and the second one "Abitanti di Marte" were published respectively in June and November 2012. The third episode "Nemico invisibile" was published in April 2013. The last episode "Ritorno a casa" was published in September 2013.
The whole "Deserto rosso" series was also published as omnibus on December 2013 (ebook and paperback).
"Deserto rosso" is being published in English, with the title "Red Desert", between 2014 and 2015.
The first book of the series is "Red Desert - Point of No Return".
In May 2014 she published a crime thriller titled "Il mentore".
Since October 2012 she is part of the cast of FantaScientificast, an Italian podcast about science fiction.
Since April 2013 she is an Italian Representative of Mars Initiative.
As a science fiction and Star Wars fan, she is known in the Italian online community by her nickname, Anakina.