Dario Tonani – Chronicles of World9

Metal, sand, bones and blood.

In an inhospitable world where wide deserts alternate with expanses of ice, the sand ships sail. In order to survive these sentient machines cannibalize human beings and gradually turn them into inert metal. With such evocative names as Robredo, Afritania, Coriolano, Bastian, Miserable, Vassago, Yarissa, these titanic molochs on wheels, as big as cities, dominate the planet. The only threats able to stop them seem to be rust and enemy ships. Human beings can only try to survive the toxic sands, the machines, the disease which turns flesh into brass, and the “mechardionici” called “heart-snatchers”, which are neither entirely human nor entirely mechanical.
Written in a refined and captivating language, Chronicles of World9 are stories of apocalyptic cruelty, in which characters come back unexpectedly but are bound to lose. Even if they escape death, they have to survive in a fear-dominated and loveless world: a remote alien planet, the metaphor for some not-so-distant future. Nonetheless, the author has deep confidence in writing: almost all characters keep a diary in which they narrate their own resistance.
A saga which James G. Ballard would have liked and which could be made into a movie by director Shynia Tsukamoto
The plot is stirring thanks to the appealing descriptions and to a hand full of characters to whom we readers entrust the last vestiges of humanity, siding with them as far as hope will allow; and despair in the face of an inhuman enemy, devoid of any compassion.
With this work Dario Tonani proves to be a very original voice in the realm of science-fiction – and not just Italian science-fiction – and of prose, in general. This suggests that science-fiction is a maximalist genre which cannot be easily labeled.

 

 

Translation by Valentina Ornaghi (edited by Ester Tossi)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Author and screenwriter, he has been teaching Creative Writing since 1999. He collaborated with the Publisher Tranchida from 2007 to 2009 as a teacher at Forrester School, as a member of the management board and as an editor of the editorial board, as well as an author of the on-line magazines "Gluck59" and "Teneke". He has worked as a writer of short stories with Mondadori and GVE publishers and publishes short stories, articles, reviews and poems with various on-line magazines. He participated as a poet in the VII Annual Carovana dei Versi (Caravan of Verses) in 2012-2013, and some of his works have been be published in 2013 in an anthology by the publishing house Abrigliasciolta of Varese. He has taught courses on writing and screenwriting at the Egea Bookstore of Bocconi University in Milan, at I.I.S. A.Lunardi in Brescia in several libraries and associations in the district of Brescia and in some Swiss schools. A film for which he wrote the screenplay has been optioned twice. He worked as a writer in an international production ("Haiti Voodoo", 2011). A long time ago he played in several bands and collaborated on several short films. He currently lives and works in Brescia. Since 2002 he has been Chairman of Magnoliaitalia, and since 2013 he has been teacher and Conductor at the Writing Parlour in Brescia, a professional school for writers.