08 Jan 2015

“The Human Forged” by Anthony J. Melchiorri

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amazonToday I’m pleased to introduce you to a very talented science fiction writer and share my reviews for two of his books.

“The Human Forged” by Anthony J. Melchiorri is a dark and deep psychological science fiction thriller about modern technology and cloning that follows a former US Army Specialist Nick on a misadventure.
Set in 2094 the world has technologically advanced and living ‘natural’, i.e. without technological enhancement or net connection, seems dangerous, particularly as Nick enters an underground rave in an abandoned Estonian prison with a Costa Rican and a Russian girl he literally just met.
To me the technology part of the story seems only too realistic as applications and technological advances replace natural skills and knowledge these days and the book captures current themes and places them into a fascinating future scenario. Melchiorri does a great job at showing us how this has both, advantages and dangers.
Not surprisingly Nick is abducted at the rave and on his break to freedom and back to civilisation we witness with him and his clone James a lot about cloning and some other ongoing conspiracies.
The book has some well paced action scenes, great inventive ideas about a future society, and it reflects well on the human condition and the dangers of cloning. Almost philosophical at times this is a feast for readers who like more substance to their science fiction stories.
A great read.

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Interview with Anthony:
Tell us a little about yourself as writer and as person.

When I’m not writing or reading, I’m finishing up my PhD in bioengineering. My research focuses on developing new 3D printed medical devices to treat children born with heart defects. Research constantly exposes me to new ideas and technologies that help inspire each new novel I write. Outside of my research and writing, I’m an avid runner and love to travel when I can.

Tell us about your books.  When did you have the first idea for it? And how did you decide on the characters, plots and title?

My most recently published book, The God Organ, was inspired by the idea of ever-advancing medical technology. Over the past century, we’ve practically doubled the life expectancy of human beings born in developed countries, with developments in medicine and biotechnology a major factor in improving our lives. But I wondered what would happen when certain medical technologies become a luxury. For example, if a company were to develop an artificial organ utilizing tissue and genetic engineering technologies that we are research today, what would happen if only some people could afford the organ? And what would happen if others resented it, if they wanted to destroy that technology?

All the characters and the resulting plot spawned from those questions as I delved into various people and their conflicting roles in the development of the artificial organ, the god organ, that imparted virtual immortality in its recipients.

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Since I first wrote “The Bunny Family Goes to Grandma’s and Grandpa’s” in first grade, I loved writing stories. I dabbled in writing while I grew up, concocting short stories and awful poetry. At the University of Iowa, I majored in biomedical engineering and earned a second degree in English, reigniting my passion for writing. At the advice of one of my instructors, I started plugging away more seriously, writing down 500 words a day in a short story or a start to a novel. Making writing a habit, like exercise, was the turning point in my productivity and seriousness as a writer.

Which genre are you most comfortable with and why?

I am most comfortable in the realm of medical thrillers and science fiction. The easiest explanation for that is not only in the books I like to read, but also my experience in the medical device and biomedical research arena. My constant exposure to biotechnology has inspired me to ask many “what if” questions that naturally spawn stories spiced with medicine and technology.

Would you say there is a message in your books beyond the story? Do you find it is well received and picked up by the readers and reviewers?

I try to not to proselytize too much in any of my books, but I do try to incorporate questions that I hope make readers think by addressing the potential implications of constantly advancing technology. It’s fun to see how readers see these questions in the books but will have drastically different opinions on what they think I meant when I wrote these stories. However, my number one goal has always been to write an entertaining and thought-provoking story without trying to push any specific agenda.

Did you have it all planned out before you write your stories or do the characters and story surprise you?

I do my best to outline my stories. But I often find, about half-way or two-thirds of the way through the book, my characters end up twisting the story and pushing it in new directions. That’s fine with me and I’m constantly adjusting my outline to fit the characters’ decisions.

What is your writing environment like? Do you need silence or music to write?

Most of the time, I write at my kitchen table with a drink within reach of my laptop. Depending on the time of the day, I might have a constantly refilled cup of coffee or just a pint of whatever ale I’ve got in my refrigerator. Music is a constant companion while I write and I couldn’t write without it.

Hot or cold?

I tend to prefer a bit of cold. I find I can always layer up to stay warm, but when it’s too hot out, there’s only so much I can take off before I get arrested.

How do you handle criticism of your work? 

1.) Not everyone is going to like your writing, and that’s okay. And 2.) you can learn from readers’ criticisms to constantly improve your writing. In my opinion, writing is a craft that can constantly be honed and I hope to continue doing so for the rest of my life.

Buy links:

The God Organ – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NPKZ87C

Enhancement – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00L00LWBU

The Human Forged – http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NBGD8EK

 

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God Organ B“The God Organ” by Anthony J. Melchiorri is an accomplished and thought-provoking medical thriller that touches upon a lot of contemporary issues within a plot rich and well paced storyline.

Immortality is within reach.

In 2063, a biotechnological revolution sweeps the nation. Behind this movement is Chicago-based medical giant LyfeGen. The company dominates the biotech industry with their Sustain, an implantable artificial organ designed to grant its recipients near-immortality. But many of those recipients are suddenly dying.

Biomedical scientist Preston Carter developed the Sustain to improve and save lives. Yet there are others that would see him fail. Extreme religious groups, radical movements, and competing corporations would prefer to see LyfeGen collapse rather than allow “the god organ” to fundamentally alter medicine and the human body. In a race against time, Carter must learn to trust resourceful journalist Audrey Cook. She may hold the key to discovering who is sabotaging the Sustain. And with the organ already implanted in his own body, Carter must uncover the truth before he’s killed by his invention.

THE GOD ORGAN is a near-future medical thriller that takes the reader on a suspenseful ride filled with sinister conspiracies, intriguing biomedical science, and rampant corruption that will leave readers wondering just how dangerous becoming a god may really be.

The book raises a lot of questions, such as medical and industrial ethics and the clash between technological advancements with religious beliefs. As the title gives away, there is controversy around the ‘god organ’.

The book is entertaining with a good pace, interesting characters and a really well chosen subject.

Very enjoyable.

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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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3 Responses to ““The Human Forged” by Anthony J. Melchiorri”

  1. Anthony J Melchiorri says:

    Thanks so much for reviewing my work and having me on the blog, Christoph!

    • CBook5901 says:

      My pleasure. I’m so glad I came across your books. Thanks for taking the time for the interview 🙂

  2. Barbara A Martin says:

    These science fiction stories are ones I could actually relate to. Very insightful and slightly scary at the same time.

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