The Button

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


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 masterpiece: Do Not Resuscitate.

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    A dark look at the complexity of the human mind.

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Nicholas Ponticello is a high school mathematics teacher and STEAM coordinator at Flintridge Preparatory School in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Ponticello graduated from University of California, Berkeley with degrees in mathematics and astrophysics, and is currently completing a sustainability certificate through the UCLA Extension program. He is interested in exploring the intersection of science, sustainability, business, and education, and hopes to encourage 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, CA. He is a longtime runner, and has coached champion cross-country and track & 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. He has studied writing under Kim Krizan (Before Sunrise, Zombie Tales 2061) and Bruce Miller (Eureka, Medium, ER). 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 is a semi-finalist in the 2015 Kindle Book Awards for Literary Fiction.

Mr. Ponticello resides in Los Angeles with art historian, Nico Machida, and their five freshwater fish.