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THE MAIDEN VOYAGE OF THE DESTINY UNKNOWN
by Nicholas Ponticello

It is 200 million years into the future, and Earth is devastated by a dying sun whose expanding photosphere has melted the surface of the planet and driven humans underground. In this world, humankind is doomed to extinction. But Marcus Fincus thinks he can secure the survival of the human species. He selects a small crew of brave voyagers from the insignificant but determined planet Earth to set out in search of a new home.

Their ship, the Destiny Unknown, is designed to take care of everything. Every meal is regulated to the ounce. Every mile is charted and mapped. Everybody has his or her own unique role in this microsociety: doctor, teacher, electrician, engineer. Then the inevitable happens: the passengers start to behave as people. The captain seduces half the women on the ship, his wife develops a neurological disorder, their sixteen-year-old son runs away in the escape pod, and the doctor dies in a freak scalpel accident.

The Maiden Voyage of the Destiny Unknown is a dark parable about the nature of human existence. Told from the perspective of an alien observer who follows our heroes like an unsympathetic reporter from National Geographic—he refuses to intervene when our heroes come face-to-face with deadly meteor showers, alien cannibals, and other crises that threaten to destroy them all. Funny and philosophical in its treatment of human nature, The Maiden Voyage of the Destiny Unknown not only seeks to understand the place of humans in the universe—it also seeks to address the looming question: What makes us so special?

The Maiden Voyage of the Destiny Unknown is available in trade paperback and Kindle editions on Amazon.com and upon request through your local book retailer.


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DO NOT RESUSCITATE by Nicholas Ponticello

Jim Frost thinks that when you're dead, you're dead. Gone. Finished. Kaput. But on the eve of his seventy-third birthday, his daughter suggests he have his brain downloaded to a microchip for safe-keeping, and Jim is forced to consider what it really means to die, and what it might mean to live forever.

Recipient of the 2015 Green Book Festival honorable mention in fiction and semi-finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards, Do Not Resuscitate is the firsthand account of Jim Frost, an aging misanthropist who witnessed the rise and fall of the U.S. as a world power, the digitalization of the planet, the advent of the water wars, and the near-collapse of the global economy. Yet he remains impervious to it all. Concerned more with his plasma TV, high-speed internet and continual supply of hash, twenty-something Jim takes an under-the-table job off Craigslist delivering mysterious red coolers to strangers in cafes in an effort to pay the bills. But when Jim's enigmatic employer asks him to fly to North Korea for a delivery, Jim starts to wonder what he's gotten himself into.

Do Not Resuscitate received honorable mention at the 2015 Green Book Festival, which spotlights "books that contribute to greater understanding, respect for and positive action on the changing worldwide environment."





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THREE WISHES: AND OTHER STORIES by Nicholas Ponticello

In this village everyone is granted three wishes. The children learn of this when they are very young and are told, "Be careful what you wish for. It is certain to come true."

Some children squander their wishes very early, wishing for a pony or to be taller or to have blue hair, and usually these folks can be spotted around the village many years later because they are still living with some artifact of the wish they made when they were young. Like the Granger Sisters, who wished to be joined at the hip as eight and nine-year-old girls. They used up all of their other wishes before it could be undone. Now they are old ladies joined at the hip, living with a pet tortoise in a nineteen-story polka dot house on Saint George Street.

There is also Curly Joe, who wished he could tie his arms in a knot to gross out his third grade teacher. Curly Joe still has the bendiest arms in the village.

Most children, however, are taught...

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THE BUTTON by Nicholas Ponticello

A button that can destroy the world. The one man that guards it, and the enemy within.

One of acclaimed author Nicholas Ponticello's earliest works, The Button originally appeared online in 2006, one of two short stories describing the dark relationship between humans and the world they've created. Nearly a decade later, and for the first time in e-book format, this revised edition offers readers a rare glimpse into Ponticello's psyche in the years preceding the publication of his recent hit novel: Do Not Resuscitate.

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THE MISSHAPEN by Nicholas Ponticello

At the beginning of the end of time, she was there...

One of acclaimed author Nicholas Ponticello's earliest works, The Misshapen originally appeared online in 2006, one of two short stories describing the dark relationship between humans and the world they've created. Nearly a decade later, and for the first time in e-book format, this revised edition offers readers a rare glimpse into Ponticello's psyche in the years preceding the publication of his recent hit novel: Do Not Resuscitate.

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