Vanna Bonta
Italian-American writer, poet, inventor, actress, voice artist
Vanna Bonta
Vanna Bonta is an American novelist, poet and film actress best known as the author of Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel, the story set in parallel dimensions featuring multiverse adventures of an amnesiac girl with no navel. Bonta is also known for collections of award-winning poetry as well as for a cameo role as Zed's queen, the hero's young mother, in the fantasy movie The Beastmaster. She is also the inventor of the 2suit. A portrait of her as a young girl was drawn by Florentine artist Pietro Annigoni. She was a model of Woman for the Frederick Hart work "Ex Nihilo" (Out of Nothing), the tympana on the west front entrance of the Washington National Cathedral in Washington D.C. Bonta appeared in The Universe Season 3 Episode 4 "Sex in Space" and talked about how her 2suit could be used to achieve intimacy in microgravity toward the colonization of other planets. The History Channel documentary filmed her testing the 2suit in weightlessness, which marked Bonta's second zero gravity flight. She is an advocate with The Space Frontier Foundation. She is the daughter of an Italian fine-arts painter and American military officer, and the granddaughter of Luigi Ugolini. Bonta wrote an undeveloped story, "Somewhen", for the first season of Star Trek: The Next Generation. She is credited with numerous roles as a voice actor in feature films, such as Beauty and the Beast. She was the computer voice in the movie Demolition Man.
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  • 2014
    Died in 2014.
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  • 2013
    In 2013, a haiku Bonta wrote was one of over 1100 that was launched to Mars on the NASA spacecraft MAVEN.
    More Details Hide Details The haikus for the Mars trip were chosen by popular vote from a total 12,530 submissions. Bonta's submission was ranked in the top five.
    On 13 November 2013, a haiku by Bonta was one of 1,100 haiku launched from Cape Canaveral on the NASA spacecraft MAVEN to Mars.
    More Details Hide Details Bonta was born in the United States to Maria Luisa Bonta (née Ugolini), an artist from Florence, Italy, and James Cecil Bonta, a military officer from Kentucky. Her mother's elder sister was Italian children's author Lydia Ugolini.
  • 2009
    The spacesuit was featured on The Universe television series, which followed Bonta into zero gravity to film an episode titled Sex in Space that aired in 2009 on the History Channel.
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  • 2008
    Producers of the History Channel television series The Universe approached Bonta in 2008, offering to manufacture a prototype of the 2suit and send Bonta into zero gravity to test it.
    More Details Hide Details She accepted. On the 2suit's segment of the episode, Bonta and her husband demonstrated how the suit works by kissing while installed in it. The documentary concluded that the "2Suit is one small step for humankind colonizing the universe." The 2suit received significant media attention after the episode, titled Sex in Space, aired in 2009.
  • 2007
    From 2007-09, she participated in the annual Lunar Lander Challenge, a competition sponsored by NASA and Northrop Grumman to commercially build a lightweight spacecraft for landing on the moon.
    More Details Hide Details Bonta was a team member of BonNovA. As creative director, Bonta designed a pressure-release device for high-combustion engines.
  • 2006
    In 2006, Bonta gave talks about an invention she called the 2suit, a flight garment that can be attached to another 2suit to allow two or more people to stay in proximity to one another in low-gravity environments.
    More Details Hide Details Although it had several other potential applications, its primary purpose was to enable sex in space.
  • 1995
    In 1995, Bonta's first novel, Flight: A Quantum Fiction Novel was published.
    More Details Hide Details Flight has been characterized as "inter-genre" (belonging to more than one genre simultaneously) by the American Library Association, which reviewed it an "auspicious, genre-bending parable". Publishers Weekly described the debut work as running the gamut of particularly moving to quirky and hilarious satire, with "asides about bathtub books, self-doubt tapes and other foibles."
  • 1958
    Born in 1958.
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