THE HUMAN FORGED
By Anthony J Melchiorri
Science Fiction Thriller
In 2094, stealing a person’s identity is virtually impossible when every medical record, government document, and bank account is tied to their DNA via a personal Chip. Implanted beneath the skin, this microscopic device also augments people’s real world senses with a network of information, sending data and communications directly to the AR lenses in their eyes or the receivers in their ears.
Nick, a former Army Specialist, is about to find out what happens when that vital connection is severed.
Venturing into an underground rave in an abandoned Estonian prison, Nick is encouraged to live life naturally, untethered by technology. But all is not as it seems.
Nick is abducted and cut off from the rest of the world, including his fiancée.
He unwittingly becomes embroiled in a biotechnological nightmare and embarks on a dangerous adventure to return home.
The only person that might be able to help him is a man Nick never knew existed—his clone.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
I grew up in Normal, Illinois. After a regular (it’s hard, but I refuse to make a pun of it) childhood in Normal, I left for the University of Iowa to get a degree in Biomedical Engineering. But, I couldn’t give up reading and writing and there really wasn’t enough of that in engineering (unless you’re into thick, no-thrills books on thermodynamics and polymer physics). I picked up a second degree in English while working on the Biomedical Engineering degree and have since counted myself fortunate for making that decision. Iowa City, North America’s only official UNESCO City of Literature, is a thriving hotbed of writers and readers, with some of the best visiting the city for their renowned workshop or famous authors dropping by to read a story they’ve written and chat. I had the opportunity to meet plenty of great writers and storytellers that inspired me to keep writing, even when I graduated and entered a doctoral program at the University of Maryland for Bioengineering.
Today, when I’m not writing and reading, I’m primarily working on tissue engineered blood vessels, gearing my work for children with congenital heart defects. I get to work with awesome 3D printing technologies and am always astounded by the rapidly advancing technologies coursing through the veins of universities and research settings. Much of my writing has been inspired by those advancements and my conversations with other researchers, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and many others interested in our evolving world.
1. What career would you be doing if you weren’t an author?
Fortunately, I’m actually a bioengineer by day and an author by night and that’s exactly the career I’d be doing if I weren’t writing. Right now, I’m working on my doctorate in bioengineering and enjoying the laboratory research that entails. Medical research provides me fascinating avenue to explore the realms of science and apply my technical skills to helping improve medical therapies, especially medical devices. It also provides me tons of fun ideas to explore as an author!
2. To see is your novel published and out in the world for readers everywhere to read is a great accomplishment. What would the next big accomplishment be for you? Seeing your novel turned into a movie/TV show? Making it on a highly ranked best sellers list?
This probably just a pipe dream, but every time I write, I imagine what that scene would look like on the big screen. I believe that thinking that way also inspires how I write. I try to include details and actions that paint a picture of a scene, while still leaving much to the reader’s imagination. And sometimes, I find myself listening to music and think, “Wow, that would be the perfect accompaniment to such-and-such scene!” At this stage in my career, it’s so hard to imagine what it would be like to see your novel made into a movie, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t dream about it!
3. Do you ever get writer’s block? If you do, what do you do to get past it?
While I sometimes find myself fumbling for words, I’ve managed to prevent writer’s block by planning out my stories and organizing them far before I start actually writing them. However, I will oftentimes find that the events and characters decide to diverge significantly from where I intended the story to go, but I’m usually able to adjust the outline of my book or story accordingly. I also find that spending a few minutes after a long writing session to plan out my writing for the next day helps me to hit the ground running. This is extremely useful because I think that the hardest part of writing is usually just starting to write. But once I get that first sentence or two down, I can get back into the groove and churn out several pages at a time.