Winner - Reader Views Reviewers Choice Award
Finalist - 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards
Finalist - 2017 CIPA EVVY Awards
100 Notable Books - 2016 Shelf Unbound Best Indie Book Competition
Honorable Mention - 2016 San Francisco Book Festival
It is two hundred 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?
About the Author
Nicholas Ponticello is a high school mathematics teacher and STEAM coordinator at Flintridge Preparatory School in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Ponticello graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, with degrees in mathematics and astrophysics and was awarded a certificate in sustainability from UCLA Extension. His work explores the intersection of science, sustainability, business, and education in the hopes of encouraging more systems-thinking and sustainability-themed curricula at the secondary-school level. Mr. Ponticello grew up in Northern California and began his career as the operations manager at KOMENAR Publishing in Oakland, California. He is a longtime runner and has coached champion cross-country and track and field teams at the high school level. Mr. Ponticello is also the author of Do Not Resuscitate, a fictional biography that considers transhumanism and the intersection of technology and sustainability, and the short stories, "The Button," "Three Wishes," and "Mirror." He has studied writing under Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Zombie Tales 2061) and Bruce Miller (Eureka, Medium, ER). His debut novel, 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" and was a semifinalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards for Literary Fiction. Mr. Ponticello resides in Los Angeles with art historian Nico Machida and their six freshwater fish.