Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista

Biography

Maria, known as Lavirrealista is attracted mostly by works written in an artistic style to which she aspires. She reads and writes about the Future especially of science, technology and society. Maria has a passion for freedom and the liberating power of technology and she is also an evolutionist believing that the mind is 'the most interesting and precious biological manifestation of our atoms.'
Maria worked within the earth sciences and applied technologies industries for over fifteen years later becoming editor of a technical magazine.
She became an indie publisher in 2010 and has published a novel, Real Virtualities and Tales from the Mother Galaxy, a collection of short stories. She publishes both in English and Italian.
Her motto is "technology enabled freedom of expression".

Smashwords Interview

What motivated you to become an indie author?
I like to observe reality and completely undress it then I dress it up the way I see it or how it could be. Of course this needs readers who are capable of decoding the meaning of my works. Reading the words, looking for the story is not enough. But publishers want stories to sell. Stories that are trendy, that have characters, plots, heroes, villains, assassins, the fight of good against evil and so on. So as long as the mainstream continues to want that, things will only change, if at all, very slowly and people like me will have no future in the recognised publishing industry, but will not want it either. Being an indie author is like being an artist in my own studio. If I want to paint my hero like a big hand with six fingers inside a kaleidoscopic reality and I want to do it in my own time, I can do it. Together with techniques, styles and content I can also decide the format, the front cover, the distribution channels, and last but not least, the price.

When I realised that there were galleries like Smashwords that would let me exhibit, encourage me and help me I did not think twice. As you see in my web site (http://www.virrealismo.com) the motto of Virrealismo Publishing is: “Technology Enabled Freedom of Expression!”
What genre best describes your writing?
I find classifying writing by “genre” extremely unsatisfactory. For example, what is classified as “science fiction” on the main platforms covers many, completely different sub-genres. So I am convinced that the only way to “classify” contemporary written works should be according to the readers who like them, full stop. Having said that, of course I would regard my work within the science fiction genre, meaning I am interested equally in the “science” and the “fiction”. But my interest is really about the effects of science on society and vice-versa and to imagine futures with evolved minds and advanced knowledge which gives rise to almost infinite possibilities to be explored. This includes life from the simplest microbial forms to the most sophisticated, complex, intelligent beings. However, in fiction this only really comes to life if you can see some sort of logical progression from where science and technologies are now to where they might end up in the future, that really is my genre.
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Where to find Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista online


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Books

Tuméng
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,990. Language: British English. Published: February 28, 2013. Category: Fiction
Riding the ferocious cosmoidal currents of the Imperceptible and avoiding lethal Space Vortices will be the only way for the mission led by the intrepid commander Tuméng to reach a faraway planet and save again life in the Galaxy.
Tales from the Mother Galaxy
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 45,160. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 28, 2013. Category: Fiction
Stunning visions of the future: intelligence triumphs over politics and science and technology expand reality to the limits of imagination.
Tuméng
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,150. Language: Italian. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction
Cavalcare le feroci correnti cosmoidali dell'Impercettibile ed evitare i letali Vortici Spaziali sarà l'unico modo per la missione guidata dall'intrepido capitano Tuméng di raggiungere un pianeta lontano e salvare ancora una volta la vita nella Galassia.
Racconti dalla Galassia Madre
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 42,610. Language: Italian. Published: January 31, 2013. Category: Fiction
Cinque lunghi viaggi in una parte misteriosa e inusuale dell’Universo. Sentieri di guerra, incubi e fughe da un totale controllo mentale, macchine da corsa per le strade dell’Universo, sentieri che si biforcano e moltiplicano i mondi. Infine incontri e scontri, inevitabili e coinvolgenti, dentro simulazioni di pensieri e sensazioni, durante celebri passeggiate aliene.
Planets Under Glass
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,100. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 30, 2012. Category: Fiction
An intense, rich tale... a bit shocking for some but at the end of the day, as they used to say in the Mother Galaxy, "Planets you visit realities you find". Another thought provoking tale from the Mother Galaxy.
Pianeti Sotto Vetro
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,810. Language: Italian. Published: September 24, 2012. Category: Fiction
Una racconto intenso, ricco... forse un po' scioccante per qualcuno ma in fondo, come si usava dire nella Galassia Madre, "Pianeta che vai realtà che trovi".
Zetana The Disconnected
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,220. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction
Zetana The Disconnected is dedicated to the Freedom of the Internet.
The War of the Plutonidians
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Category: Fiction
Wars between Plutonidians were only ancient myths... but since the new settlement in a new world something happened and so chaos became order, noise became silence and peace... WAR!
Borrowed Brains
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,450. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012. Category: Fiction
A group of scientists managed to build the first working model of organic mental teleportation, the HASAMAT (Hyper-Spatial Mind Transporter), the racing car of the roads of the Universe. Volunteers are needed to test the invention...
La Guerra dei Plutonidei
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,690. Language: Italian. Published: May 8, 2012. Category: Fiction
"Così accadde che il caos divenne ordine, il rumore silenzio e la pace... guerra!" Il racconto esplora il significato della guerra e ha un piacevole twist alla fine. Buon divertimento!
Cervelli Prestati
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,850. Language: Italian. Published: March 2, 2012. Category: Fiction
Un gruppo di scienziati scopre nuove particelle e un campo di forze fino ad allora sconosciuti. Dopo breve tempo viene realizzato il primo modello di teletrasporto mentale organico e servono volontari per collaudare la nuova invenzione. Cervelli Prestati è dedicato alla Mente, la manifestazione biologica più interessante e preziosa dei nostri atomi.
Zetana La Disconnessa
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,700. Language: Italian. Published: September 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
La Connessione Universale era il modo in cui la conoscenza fluiva attorno alla Galassia Madre. Ma nel pianeta Cloudio il Sistema Plasmario era diverso e gli abitanti ne erano fieri. Ma poi nacque Zetana...
Virtualità Reali
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 41,310. Language: Italian. Published: July 6, 2011. Category: Fiction
Virtualità Reali è una storia avvincente ambientata in un futuro lontano emerso dai disastrosi eventi che avevano trascinato la Terra alle soglie dell'estinzione totale. E' un mondo diverso in cui la necessità di lavorare è stata superata e dunque la gente della Terra Futura si dedica alla scoperta e all'innovazione perdendosi dentro mondi virtuali, passati, presenti e futuri.
Real Virtualities
By Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 44,290. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Category: Fiction
A different scifi setting where post-humans are not artificial but reality is!

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