Maria Pellegrini, Lavirrealista


Lavirrealista is the pen name of Maria Pellegrini. She calls herself "Lavirrealista" after the concept of Virrealism introduced in her first book "Real Virtualities".

Virrealism makes reality out of the infinite possibilities of virtual creation. If reality is what is experienced by our senses, Virrealism allows the brain to experience realities greater than that and so change and multiply our limited perception. This may be achieved by future technology, but Real Virtualities imagines evolved brains which can do this naturally. This huge expansion of knowledge and experience will eventually free humanity from slavery to possessions and domination of others. Therefore only those with an open mind and the ability to look forward to a better future will survive the relentless process of evolutionary deselection.

All Lavirrealista's works try to advance the most modern technology generations into the future and many different technological themes are explored. They range from a philosophical examination of consciousness to the possibilities of synthetic biology and the experience of alter realities. But there is also a strong connection to the ancient past reflecting her classical education and she is mostly attracted by works written in an artistic style to which she aspires.

She became an indie publisher in 2010 and has published a novel, Real Virtualities and a collection of short stories, Tales from the Mother Galaxy. She continues to write and is currently working on a new book taking the socio-scientific themes to a new level. She publishes both in English and Italian.

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 ( 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

Where to buy in print


Guerriera Per Caso
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,470. Language: Italian. Published: August 1, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Lei aveva voluto solo studiarla la vita, ruggì già trasformata in bestia, non distruggerla! Ma non avevano scelta, aveva detto Sen Lao, e arrendersi sarebbe stato il vero crimine.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,990. Language: British English. Published: February 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 45,160. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: February 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
Stunning visions of the future: intelligence triumphs over politics and science and technology expand reality to the limits of imagination.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,150. Language: Italian. Published: February 3, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 42,610. Language: Italian. Published: January 31, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,100. Language: Commonwealth English. Published: September 30, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Alternative history
An intense, rich tale... a bit shocking for some but at the end of the day, as they used to say in another galaxy, "Planets you visit realities you find". A thought provoking tale.
Pianeti Sotto Vetro
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,810. Language: Italian. Published: September 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,220. Language: English. Published: May 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
Zetana The Disconnected is dedicated to the Freedom of the Internet.
The War of the Plutonidians
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,800. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 10,450. Language: English. Published: May 10, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
This story explores the mind of the central character, UÌGO, who becomes simultaneously part of two vastly different worlds questioning the meaning of reality.
La Guerra dei Plutonidei
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,690. Language: Italian. Published: May 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
"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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,850. Language: Italian. Published: March 2, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,700. Language: Italian. Published: September 2, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
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
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 41,310. Language: Italian. Published: July 6, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
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
Price: $2.50 USD. Words: 44,290. Language: English. Published: June 15, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
A different scifi setting where post-humans are not artificial but reality is!