Guilherme Solari

Biography

Guilherme Solari is a journalist and writer from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has written about movies, literature and videogames for some of Brazil’s biggest news sites, like UOL and Folha de S.Paulo.

He grew up playing video games and watching action movies, but his main hobby as a child was to imagine fantastical stories involving ninjas, dinosaurs and cyborgs. An avid reader of classic cyberpunk sci fi and pulp fiction, he tried to bring these two passions together in the Cybersampa series. The initial novella, Immaculate Conception, is his first book written in English.

Solari is the author of The Cascavel Chronicles, a prequel to Cybersampa and a love letter to old action movies. The book, released in Brazil in 2015, follows the owner of a run-down video shop that decides to fight crime. His only “superpower”? He watched every single 80’s action movie ever made.

He is also the cowriter of the play Fogo, which was presented in Sao Paulo in 2010. His short story Egofobia has appeared in the Portuguese edition of The Thackery T. Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric & Discredited Diseases, alongside the works of authors like Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up and live in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and I can describe it as a place I love to hate. It is an ugly, bloated, violent, expensive city of 17 Million people that has grown mad and unplanned. At the same time, it is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, we receive immigrants and influences from all over Brazil and the globe. It is also a place of found memories for me, where most of my friends and family are. I think this love/hate duality of modern life in a metropolis has become a part of me, and it leaks into my writing.
Your sci fi novella Immaculate Conception has American and European refugees running from war. How did that come up?
We live in times of great fear and uncertainty, and that fear most often than not is directed towards refugees. The best way to make someone feel empathy towards another is to put them in the other's shoes, making the rich of today the refugees of tomorrow. I tried to do that in the Immaculate Conception, and, at the same time, write a fun, pulp, noir, cyberpunk story.
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Books

Immaculate Conception
Series: Cybersampa. Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,090. Language: English. Published: October 29, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Cyberpunk, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
The year is 2116. Millions of American and European refugees flood into the urban sprawl of Megasampa, forming the Novo Bronx ghetto. Now unrest grows as a series of macabre murders attributed to a creature the locals are calling Bebê Diabo strike fear into the heart of the populace. Reluctantly, the police call out of retirement the only detective insane enough to solve an insane case.

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