Science Fiction

  • 2019
    • Elvira
    • Brobots: The Complete Source Code
      • Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
      • Outlets: publisher, Blackwell’s, Waterstones, Foyle’s, Amazon, Smashwords, Apple
      • Performance: an LGBT Science Fiction top 20 title with more than 420 copies sold at cost, and as many as 1,000 distributed
      • Notes: 978-1-78645-263-4, 978-1-78645-264-1, B07K71KDJC. This work was self-published as individual novels previously (2016-2017)

Why read it

“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.)

Author Biography (for the Science Fiction)

Short version

"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 fiction, a trilogy, was offered contracts by two different publishers, and in 2019, this 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 site he's written for, and a page involving living figures accepted with Wikipedia."

Long version

Trevor Barton had times as a boy when the parental home was not the right place to be, such as when, in his teens, one of his parents was killed. He’s also a gay man and, as a writer, these experiences combine to make him interested in personal heroism. The profundity of life enthrals him too, though on the page only when contrasted with just how gritty it can be. It glitches, but he swears his internal mental physics engine is still just about in working order.

As a kid he wrote one song a week—usually on religious themes, but his sense of the world, and what could be done through writing, broadened hugely at Bath Spa where he delivered a play script with distinction: a study on a college girl living a sensorily deprived existence in suburbia, and having a mystical wake up. After this, his cultural studies MA drew on feminism, film studies, and what was available to him in AI philosophy in the late 90s to explore why our culture developed a myth of cyborgs—and what that tells us about ourselves.

He became managing editor of a nationally distributed web technology magazine very early on in his working life, then—enthused about new media—configured web apps or handled site construction for names like Nature and OUP. This got him bar-crawling Nashville or sharing sidewalks with alligators in Florida while on business trips to meet the staff behind leading scientific journals. He has since worked at management level in the charity sector, and established community groups.

Only picking up professional writing again recently, his first fiction was offered contracts, in whole, by two different publishers. In 2019 this work made him a top 20 author for the paid LGBT science fiction category. He’s since had a short story published in a US sci-fi anthology, and a page about a building in Hawaii added successfully to Wikipedia.

Science Fiction Events

Totally not shy:

Highlight Date
I get invited to be a panelist at the first ever Rainbow Space Magic Con. June 20th and 21st, 2020.
How Does Our Queer Past Influence the Queer Sci-Fi Future? (YouTube)
Author Reading and AMA (YouTube)
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