Author Frank Andriuli Discusses The People’s Factory on Dec. 11

Nov 28, 2018

Ship Bottom resident Frank Andriuli has had an interest in writing all his life, and has had several short stories published. But he has taken his interest to the next step with his first novel, a work of science fiction, The People Factory. He will discuss and sign copies of the book on Tuesday, Dec. 11, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Barnegat branch of the Ocean County Library.

According to Andriuli, The People Factory takes place in the not-too-distant future. Human-like robots (androids) have become commonplace, and advanced experimental androids are just becoming available for the general public. They are capable of rapid learning and independent thought, can display emotion and even have the same body temperature.

Steve Renna, a former military officer, purchases one of these experimental models. He calls her Vanessa. Then he accidentally discovers some of these advanced androids already have their own agenda. He tries to bring this conspiracy to the National Security Intelligence Agency. They don’t believe him; he keeps agitating. As a consequence, he is kidnapped. Vanessa finds him in a maximum security prison off the grid. If she would be able to help him break out, how will they be able to avoid the massive government manhunt sure to ensue? Will she just be leading Steve to recapture or death?

Andriuli, who holds degrees in biology and psychology from Rutgers University, said his book won an International Readers Favorite Book Award. He worked as a biologist, eventually becoming a research biologist. But then he switched careers and received a bachelor’s degree in accounting. He has worked as a self-employed financial adviser.

“But I have had a love for writing fiction since high school, and despite some gaps, my interest has continued through the years,” he said. “A professor once told me to never stop writing.”

To register for the event, call the branch at 609-698-3331. E.E.

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