Anthony DiGiovanni

Biography

I write because I love to explore the hypothetical consequences of situations people could be in. If doing this happens to pay for the necessities of staying alive to write some more, so much the better, but if even one person is left happier because of something I wrote (provided no one else is miserable by the same cause), that's all I can ask for. Besides engaging in this willing psychosis we call fiction writing, I enjoy attempting (keyword) to play the saxophone, helping out with organizations to make the world more awesome (mostly at school), learning the natural and social sciences, doodling, fanboying over my favorite show/book at the time, and guffawing like a hyena at the Internet.

Smashwords Interview

What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Stand" by Stephen King holds a special place in my reader's heart, because it achieves that blissful balance among horror, science fiction, and fantasy, written with unforgettable characters in a masterfully crafted atmosphere.

"Oxygen" by Randy Ingermanson and John Olson is just plain fun to read, as the authors' styles wonderfully tell a story that gives you reason to care about what happens to the characters from start to finish.

"Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban" by J.K. Rowling, though a cliché choice, is one of the most imaginative novels I've ever read, with a fun mystery, an engrossing story world, and a host of characters that are easy to connect to.

"Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick is a one-of-a-kind story that does everything right with robots, virtual reality, and other futuristic technologies. If this novel hadn't been written, neither would "Unnatural." Did I mention this was published in 1968?

"The Hunger Games" by Suzanne Collins is YA dystopia done right, as the backstory and setting are unique and clever, the characters are well-rounded, the twist on the death match arc (including the factor of social capital, not just physical strength and quick wits as determinants of survival) is brilliant, and the subversion of stereotypes in the romance subplot is refreshing.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything whose situation or concept as described in the summary intrigues me. I generally don't fall back on genre or author loyalties, so I've thoroughly enjoyed books in sci-fi, horror, historical fiction, fantasy, romance, crime, mystery, suspense, scientific nonfiction, philosophy, and biography. I preferred "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green to "The Door Into Summer" by Robert Heinlein even as a sci-fi author, for example.
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Books

Unnatural
Price: Free! Words: 98,360. Language: English. Published: February 11, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
After hunting down a robotics engineer he believes to be a sexual predator, a destitute man in southern Nevada finds that he's the only conscious person on a planet of suddenly comatose humans -- until his victim appears to be commanding the world's androids. Marked public enemy #1 in the eyes of a moon colony that'll do anything to sustain the human race, can he prove he isn't better off dead?

Anthony DiGiovanni's tag cloud

future    mystery    nanotechnology    postapocalyptic    robots    space    suspense   

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