“Mr. Barton’s writing [is] crisp, well-crafted, and to the point. It’s not florid and it doesn’t go into a lot of needless detail. Yeah, it’s a tad geeky…[T]hat’s part of what makes [it] so enjoyable.” - OJHeSay.com (USA)
“…be in awe of the brilliance that is Trevor Barton, who is quickly making it to the top of my favorites list.” – W.C. Bitner, Jr. (a Netgalley reviewer, USA)
“Impressed…Straightforward [and] practically perfect.” – Publisher (ret.)
"Trevor’s MA specialism was the myth of cyborgs and he’s been editor of a UK technology magazine. He’s overseen website construction for big publishers like Nature, where he also championed scientific author services. His first novel-length fiction, a trilogy, was offered contracts by two different publishers, and in 2019, this work made him a (paid) top 20 author for the LGBT science fiction category. He’s since had a short story published in American outfit QueerSciFi’s annual anthology."
A longer bio is below.
My book writing began in 2016 with 'Brobots', a tale intended for the self-published market about dehumanised non-humans fighting for the right to exist. I knocked it together in the space of five weeks to get over the hurdle of being published and have some fun in the process. However offhand I wanted to be, the story took off, reaching the top two percent for LGBT science fiction at least twice.
The tale itself took over, too. That’s to say, it wanted to be a trilogy. So, I wrote and published two full-length follow-ups the following year: ‘Red Gods Sing’ and ‘Balance of Estubria’. I love the ’stoob the most; it’s where I got into my stride. Four publishers read either the first book or the trilogy, two offered for the whole work, and I placed it with a UK publisher for an omnibus in 2019.
Overall, the project shifted more copies than most self-published works, and then, with a publisher, made me a top 20 (paid) science fiction author for the LGBT category. Combined with getting my first ever writing competition entry included in an anthology for America’s QueerSciFi.com, 2019 wasn’t a bad start for work in print with publishers.
So where next? Definitely more ambitious, more general, a little literary. I like to mix character-led with tech, believable physics with meta, the profound with the everyday. Gay characters? They’ll tell me who they are. More robots? Not right now, but one day. Most of all, a good story needs mystery and intrigue.
'Elvira' is a short story about an artificial intelligence and her lab assistant. It features in 'Migration': the sixth annual flash fiction contest anthology for US outfit QueerSciFi.com.
Submissions had to have LGBT elements, believable characters and fit within a limit of a mere 300 words. I’m delighted to have my work included in the panel’s top 120 selected out of the 255 entries made. Released July, 2019. Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon version, iBooks
Rod burners. Scaff dawgs. Laggers. Bucket dumpers. Lerps. Duct monkeys. Tin knockers. Lumbergs. Artificial big guys. Product of a troubled firm. Brobots. They’re easy to treat like trash.
But not so easy to ignore. Especially the ones experiencing the wake up: The idea was that they could work hidden in society’s plain sight allowing humanity time to get used to the fact of sentient machines. But it’s all too easy for others to take advantage of those who live on the edge.
What they, and their allies, must do is work out who, and why, before it gets too late.
None of the content in this trilogy is intended to be gratuitous, but this three book collection, in whole or part, is nevertheless intended for adults only.
|Buy in the US at RRP $21.92||Your local store using bookshop.org, or a chain outlet such as Barnes & Noble. If you buy direct from the publisher, both publisher and author will get a bigger cut, thus aiding further authors.|
|Buy in the UK at RRP £16.99 or €19.03||Your local store using booksellers.org.uk, or a chain outlet such as Blackwell’s, Waterstones, or Foyle’s. Amazon also has its version.|
|Buy as eBook RRP $6.44 / €5.59 / £4.99||From pretty much every outlet including the publisher, Smashwords, Apple, and Amazon.|
|Publisher||Beaten Track Publishing|
|Performance||An LGBT Science fiction Best-seller*|
|Editorial and Jacket Reviews||You will love this - QueerSciFi.com BA // Clever and convincing - WROTE Podcast Jayne Lockwood // Exalting and profound - Ulysses G. Dietz, Author // ★★★★★
Original I recommend this to anyone One of the finest Science Fiction trilogies I’ve ever read Be in awe of the brilliance Book Review Village - William C. Bitner, Jr. // Fascinating [and] sneaky... Brobots is a very good read, especially considering its ambitious content ... It’s deep, at times...profound, and also very touching.tggeeks.com- Ben Ragunton // The whole series is beyond phenomenal OJHeSay.com - Orlando Castellano
|Page count||237,200 words approx.|
|RRP||£16.99 (€19.37 / $22.26), and £4.99 (€5.69 / $6.54) respectively. Contact the publisher for wholesale options.|
|Publication date||Tuesday 15th January 2019|
|Strap line||They're easy to treat like trash. But not so easy to ignore.|
|Performance checks||*Manual check. The 20th spot for books > SFF > SF > LGBT on 16.01.19 1:30 GMT, US store. Higher may have been reached earlier unchecked. The 23rd spot on 27.01.19 12:53 GMT. The 83rd spot on 08.02.19 17:10GMT. The 349th spot on 14.03.19 17:44GMT (still around top ~3%).|
Trevor Barton spent his early years on the isle of Thanet, Kent. At five his family moved to the south coast—a small town close to both a run-down port city and a stunning national park.
His father was a biker, his mother a supermarket assistant. But his youth was marked by tragedy: at the age of nine, his father became disabled. His mother died when he was sixteen.
He studied at Bath: a place known for its emphasis on skills development during study of arts subjects. His dissertation was a very well received script for a play. His mostly self-funded MA, in 1998, drew on everything from feminism to film studies and the latest in AI philosophy to explore why our culture developed a myth of cyborgs, and what that tells us about ourselves.
Using his love of language in his early career, he became managing editor of a nationally distributed web tech magazine. He then moved into what was still the new area of website management, overseeing site construction for names like Nature and OUP. This got him bar-crawling Nashville and sharing sidewalks with alligators in Florida while on business trips to meet scientists. He has since worked in the charity sector and established local community groups.
Trevor started writing books in 2016. With his debut work, he became a top 20 science fiction author for the LGBT category. He's a full member of the SOA, and lives in Europe.
If you just want to get in touch, send an email to website.enquiry [at] pm.me (replace the [at] with an @). I tend to reply to emails after 5pm UK time.
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Totally not shy:
|I get interviewed for the Two Gay Geeks Podcast after they reviewed Brobots. Their shows are on tggeeks.com, iTunes, Spotify, and other places where fine podcasts are found. Follow tggeeks.com on Twitter.||Listen here from December 23rd, 2019|
|My first ever entry for a writing contest, Elvira, is accepted as one of 120 stories out of 255 entries for publication in the 6th annual QueerSciFi.com flash fiction contest anthology, 'Migration'.||July, 2019|
|Brobots: The Complete Source Code hits the 20th spot for LGBT science fiction on Amazon straight after publication, and remains on the best seller list for three plus weeks||February, 2019|
|I do another Author Takeover of QueerSciFi.com to time in with the publication of the omnibus edition of the series with Beaten Track Publishing||January, 2019|
|Means Happy magazine (London) ask me to interview||November, 2018|
|OJHeSay come back to review the whole series, saying: "The whole series is beyond phenomenal"||June, 2018|
|Writing on the Edge Podcast (WRotE) give me an interview.||February, 2018|
|All three books are in the top 3% (or higher) for LGBT Science Fiction on Amazon||January, 2018|
|OJHeSay blog call Brobots book #1 "phenomenal"||January, 2018|
|Balance of Estubria (Brobots, Book #3) released at the #15 spot for LGBT Sci-Fi one year (and four days) after book one was published, completing the trilogy in twelve months||December, 2017|
|Book Review Village review the whole series and say "Be in awe of the brilliance"||December, 2017|
|Gay Star News do a behind-the-scenes on the Brobots trilogy. Unusually for QueerSciFi.com there's an author takeover (AMA) on Facebook to discuss the series||September, 2017|
|Geek Syndicate review Red Gods Sing||September, 2017|
|Red Gods Sing (Brobots, Book #2) published and hits the top 3% for LGBT Sci-Fi on Amazon||September, 2017|
|Brobots book #1 published||December, 2016|
Thank you for reading.