Marco Guarda

Biography

I've been writing little things for myself and for my friends for ages, but it wasn't since 2006 that I started writing consistently.

Three of my screenplays have placed and even earned some prizes at various competitions. Credence Foundation, born as a screenplay, hence born visually, has been turned into a book. Hoping it sees the light as a Sci-Fi / Action movie one day, I've started expanding my stories in the many branches of Science Fiction.

Feel free to join me in this crazy journey through the mind, the subconscious, technology, and mankind's fears and hopes, of course.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in quite a small town. At age eight, I moved to another small town; however, this had a nice library with a huge science fiction catalog nobody had yet read, except for the librarian. The books were new and I was falling in a new world I never thought could even exist. I owe that librarian a lot (Mr. Cosmo in my "The Librarian" is shaped quite a bit around him, whom I loved dearly.) In the basement of that library I was introduced to almost all the classics -- Bradbury, Simac, Asimov, Heinlein, Wyndham, Clarke (not yet Philip K. Dick -- I discovered him later on.) I can remember the long summers reading about Rama, or the Illustrated Man from Something Wicked This Way Comes, to Asimov's mysteries about robots. I can still picture that kid falling through all that!

I guess the fact that I was never been able to build a stable friendship with friends at an early age pushed me to explore other avenues of entertainment, one of which has certainly been reading.
When did you first start writing?
I used to write small poems since I was eight or nine. I wrote stupid little things for my friends at school even at a later age. I wrote my first nonsense vomit draft (nobody is ever going to see that, I promise you) after a four-month session reading some of Stephen King's early works, from Shining to It, to Cujo, to Pet Sematary, to Carrie (being horror another genre the library was quite stocked up with as well.) But it wasn't until 2005 when I dared write something longer. It all started with another awful piece of writing -- a screenplay. Then I wrote another. And another. And Another. I started to place in a couple of screenwriting competitions, all the while beginning to know how a story should be told (if there ever was one way only.) Credence became a finalist at the Page Awards Competition in 2011, a year after The House of the Sun also placed, in 2010, a year after Etruscan won a bronze in the historical genre. All in all, the two early stories still need a bit of work, while I think Credence hits all the checkmarks for a good story.
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Where to find Marco Guarda online


Books

Art.Hu.R. (A Sci-Fi Novella #11)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 11. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,390. Language: English. Published: July 6, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Art.Hu.R. is appointed with the task of keeping ship-shape a huge spaceship on her thousand-year journey to a planet on the other side of the universe. Major setbacks will soon put him in charge of everything, and he’ll have to fight against impossible odds to get the half a million unaware passengers stuck in a frozen sleep onboard safe and sound to their destination. A novella of 27,000 words.
Art.Hu.R. (Una Novella Sci-Fi #11)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 11. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 27,400. Language: Italian. Published: June 30, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic
Art.Hu.R. è una persona artificiale incaricata di tenere in ordine un’enorme astronave nel suo viaggio millenario verso un pianeta dall’altra parte dell’universo. Egli dovrà lottare contro situazioni impossibili per portare il mezzo milione di ignari passeggeri bloccati a bordo nel sonno criogenico sani e salvi alla loro destinazione. E’ una novella di circa 27.000 parole.
La Macchina del Perdono (Una Novelette Sci-Fi #10)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,300. Language: Italian. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
Bill Pearce, avido uomo d'affari tormentato in punto di morte dal pensiero delle persone che ha rovinato nella sua vita, cerca un tardivo perdono. Si rivolge al figlio Mark, che inventa una rete onirica, evocando un sogno collettivo dove accadranno le cose più impensabili. In questa esperienza catartica, Bill avrà la sua ultima possibilità di redimersi. E' una novelette di circa 16.000 parole.
The Forgiveness Machine (A Sci-Fi Novelette #10)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 10. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,240. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2013. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
Greedy businessman Bill Pearce, haunted on his deathbed by the thought of the people he’s ruined in his life, seeks a late forgiveness. He turns to his inventor son, Mark, who casts an oneiric network all over the country in a collective dream where the most delirious things happen. In this cathartic experience,Bill will have his last chance at redeeming himself. It's a novelette of 16,000 words.
L'Isola dell'Oblio (Una Novelette Sci-Fi #9)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 12,920. Language: Italian. Published: November 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Felix Morrow non vede l'ora di unirsi alla sua famiglia in una vacanza da sogno su un'isola esclusiva. Ma mentre i giorni passano e inopportuni imprevisti ritardano l’arrivo di sua moglie e di sua figlia, egli inizia a sospettare che qualcosa non funzioni. La scomparsa di un ospite eccentrico lo costringono ad indagare sulla terribile verità dell’isola. E' una novelette Sci-Fi di 13.000 parole.
Oblivion Island (A Sci-Fi Novelette #9)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 9. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,260. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Felix Morrow looks forward to reunite with his family on a dream vacation on an exclusive island, but as the days go by, most inopportune setbacks delay his wife and daughter’s arrival. The encounter of an unpredictable woman and the mysterious disappearance of an eccentric guest force him to investigate on the terrible truth about the island. It's a Sci-Fi Novelette of about 13,000 words.
Float City (Una Novelette Sci-Fi #8)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 15,850. Language: Italian. Published: September 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Un tenente di polizia agorafobico incaricato di rafforzare la sicurezza per la ressa natalizia di Nuova Parigi, un satellite che orbita attorno alla Terra, investiga su una serie di incidenti sempre più pericolosi che minacciano di farlo precipitare insieme a ottantamila ignari vacanzieri. E' una novelette di circa 16.000 parole.
Float City (A Sci-Fi Novelette #8)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 8. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 16,000. Language: English. Published: September 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
An agoraphobic police lieutenant tasked with thickening security for the Christmas rush on New Paris, a satellite orbiting Earth, investigates on a series of ever more dangerous incidents which threaten to bring it down along with eighty thousand unaware vacationers. It's a Sci-Fi novelette of about 16,000 words. Enjoy!
Il Bibliotecario (Una Novelette Sci-Fi #7)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,240. Language: Italian. Published: August 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
Un gruppo di ragazzini sospettosi indaga lo strano comportamento del loro nuovo bibliotecario per scoprire un mondo fantastico e pericoloso che non avrebbero mai immaginato. Questa novelette è lunga circa 13.000 parole.
The Librarian (A Sci-Fi Novelette #7)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 7. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,410. Language: English. Published: August 14, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Contemporary
A group of suspicious kids investigates the odd behavior of their new librarian to discover a fantastic and dangerous word they would never have imagined. This novelette is about 13,000 words.
Occhi di Ragno Srl. (Una Novelette Sci-Fi #6)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,510. Language: Italian. Published: June 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Un investigatore privato che utilizza strumenti non convenzionali per inchiodare mariti e mogli fedifraghi, si trova coinvolto in un caso di omicidio cui potrebbe avere contribuito inconsciamente. E' una novelette di circa 13.500 parole. Spero vi piaccia. * Questa novelette è contenuta in Raccolta di STORIE SCI-FI - Pack 1.
Raccolta di Storie Sci-Fi - Pack 1
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Series: Raccolta di STORIE SCI-FI, Pack 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 60,180. Language: Italian. Published: June 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Raccolta di STORIE SCI-FI - Pack 1 contiene i seguenti racconti e novelette precedentemente pubblicati: 01. Buon Natale, Signor Babbers! 02. Una Deprecabile Svista. 03. Ristrutturazione Aziendale. 04. Palude Alligatore. 05. Il Cuore della Bestia. 06. Occhi di Ragno Srl. E’ una collezione di circa 61.000 parole. Spero vi piaccia.
Collected Sci-Fi Stories - Pack 1
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Series: Collected SCI-FI STORIES, Pack 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,460. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Collected Sci-Fi Stories - Pack 1 contains the following previously released Sci-Fi short stories and novelettes: 01. Merry Christmas, Mr. Babbers! 02. A Regrettable Oversight. 03. Corporate Restructuring. 04. Alligator’s Moat. 05. The Heart of the Beast. 06. Spider’s Eyes Inc. This collection is about 62,000 words. Enjoy.
Spider's Eyes Inc. (A Sci-Fi Novelette #6)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 6. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,760. Language: English. Published: June 9, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
A private detective using non-conventional tools to nail cheating husbands and wives, finds himself involved in a murder case he might have unconsciously been accessory to. It’s a sci-fi novelette of about 13,500 words. Enjoy. * This novelette is also contained in Collected SCI-FI STORIES - Pack 1
Il Cuore della Bestia (Una Novelette Sci-Fi #5)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,440. Language: Italian. Published: May 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Dopo che un'astronave strategica carica di testate sufficienti a mandare in pezzi l'intero sistema solare scompare nel nulla, viene assegnata al capitano Mark Sanders la missione suicida di rintracciarla e distruggerla. E' una Novelette Sci-Fi di circa 10.500 parole. * Questa novelette è contenuta in Raccolta di STORIE SCI-FI - Pack 1.
The Heart of the Beast (A Sci-Fi Novelette #5)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 5. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,690. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
After a strategic spaceship carrying enough warheads to blow half the solar system to pieces disappears into nothing, Captain Mark Sanders is appointed with the suicide mission of tracking it down and destroy it. It's a Sci-Fi Novelette of about 10,500 words. Enjoy! * This novelette is also contained in Collected SCI-FI STORIES - Pack 1
Credence Foundation
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Series: CREDENCE, Book 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 74,020. Language: English. Published: April 2, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
A detective tasked with investigating the seemingly impossible murder of an influential scientist finds a clue that leads him to Credence, a future corporation which uses mass beliefs to make things happen, mainly space travels.
Una Deprecabile Svista (Una Novelette Sci-Fi #2)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,010. Language: Italian. Published: April 1, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Questa è la prima pazza avventura del venditore della Re-Life Associati James Cricket. E' una novelette Sci-Fi di circa 9.000 parole, che tratta di un amore infranto dopo un ringiovanimento problematico. Spero vi piaccia! * Questa novelette è contenuta in Raccolta di STORIE SCI-FI - Pack 1.
A Regrettable Oversight (A Sci-Fi Novelette #2)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,130. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
This is the first crazy adventure of Re-Life Associates salesman James Cricket. It's a Sci-Fi novelette of about 9,000 words, tackling lost love after a problematic rejuvenation. I hope you like it! * This novelette is also contained in Collected SCI-FI STORIES - Pack 1
Palude Alligatore (Una Novelette Sci-Fi #4)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,810. Language: Italian. Published: March 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In questa seconda avventura, il commesso della Re-Life Associati James Cricket dovrà vedersela con un padre arrabbiato, una figlia che vuole andarsene, ed un pianeta popolato da strane e pericolose creature selvagge. E' una novelette Sci-Fi di circa 11.000 parole. Spero vi piaccia! * Questa novelette è contenuta in Raccolta di STORIE SCI-FI - Pack 1.
Alligator's Moat (A Sci-fi Novelette #4)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 4. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,120. Language: English. Published: March 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
In this second adventure of Re-Life Associates salesman James Cricket, he will have to sort it out with a disgruntled father, a daughter who wants out, and a hostile planet peopled with scary and dangerous beasts. It's a Sci-Fi novelette of about 11,000 words. * This novelette is also contained in Collected SCI-FI STORIES - Pack 1
Buon Natale, Signor Babbers! (Un Breve Racconto Sci-Fi #1)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 1. Price: Free! Words: 6,870. Language: Italian. Published: February 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Questa è una piccola chicca per tutti gli amanti della Fantascienza classica, una decorazione natalizia per i miei lettori, un breve racconto di circa 6.700 parole, ambientato nel giorno di Natale di un futuro lontano. * Questa novelette è contenuta in Raccolta di STORIE SCI-FI - Pack 1.
Merry Christmas, Mr. Babbers! (A Short Sci-Fi Story #1)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 1. Price: Free! Words: 6,800. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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This is a little treat for all lovers of classic Science Fiction, a Christmas bauble for my readers, a little sci-fi story of about 6,700 words, set in a far future on Christmas Day. I hope you enjoy it. * This short story is also contained in Collected SCI-FI STORIES - Pack 1
Credence Fondazione
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Series: CREDENCE (Italian), Libro 1. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 71,990. Language: Italian. Published: February 15, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
Un detective chiamato ad investigare l'omicidio apparentemente impossibile di uno scienziato, sospetta una corporazione del futuro che utilizza credo di massa per far avvenire le cose, principalmente viaggi intergalattici.
Ristrutturazione Aziendale (Una Novelette Sci-Fi #3)
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Series: STORIE SCI-FI, # 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,150. Language: Italian. Published: February 13, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Frank Rockett, riportato indietro dalla morte per cercare di salvare la Rockett Spacemotive dalla bancarotta e dalla gestione di un consiglio d'amministrazione idiota, affronta il suo oscuro passato, e gli capita pure di fare del bene. Questa è una novelette Sci-Fi di circa 11.000 parole. Spero vi paccia! * Questa novelette è contenuta in Raccolta di STORIE SCI-FI - Pack 1.
Corporate Restructuring (A Sci-Fi Novelette #3)
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Series: SCI-FI STORIES, # 3. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 11,480. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
Frank Rockett, brought back from death to try and save Rockett Spacemotive from both bankruptcy and the lead of an idiotic board of administrators, comes to terms with his better untold past, and even happens to do some good. This is a Sci-Fi novelette of about 11,000 words. I hope you enjoy it! * This novelette is also contained in Collected SCI-FI STORIES - Pack 1

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