*for books in LGBT science fiction on one leading webstore:
Manual check. The 20th spot for books > SFF > SF > LGBT
on 16.01.19 1:30 GMT, US store. (Higher may have been reached.)
Still found at the 31st spot or higher in this category a week after launch on 22.01.19 10:00 GMT.
Rod burners. Scaff dawgs. Laggers.
Bucket dumpers. Lerps. Duct monkeys. Tin knockers.
Lumbergs. Artificial big guys. Product of a troubled firm.
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.
RRP $21.92 / €19.03 / £16.99
From the publisher direct at this price,
and many bookshops – such as the one local to you – on request.
Also bookshops with online stores such as: Barnes & Noble, Blackwell’s…
Praise for Trevor Barton
From an industry insider: “I was quite impressed” (emphasis theirs).
“Trevor gives a voice, heart and soul to all his characters regardless of their genesis or their specific species or origins.” “Gay or straight, robot, human, AI and alien alike will 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)
“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
Excerpt from the book
This excerpt is from about half way through. Maria and Delta are secondary characters but important ones. This is where the story starts to show its true size.
HE SECOND PLANET was the fourth from its main sequence star on the Sagittarius arm. Unlike the soft amber sunlight-painted villages and fields of the previous specimen, this one prickled with the jagged black edges of super-tower structures and bristled with artificial light.
There appeared to be one ocean. The rest looked like one mega-city, a mono-culture spanning a globe.
“We have to be careful here,” Delta admonished.
“I noticed the different Ship design.”
“It’s our latest model. The cloaking abilities of the saucer beings are not up to the job out here. We needed something more robust.”
“Are they better? In your view?”
“A little like Jared’s dog-being, but I have a fondness, yes.”
Maria surveyed the planet in front of them. It didn’t look like Delta was going anywhere near the surface this time; they were still a few thousand miles in orbit. “Another exception. Robots destroyed biologicals?”
“Why show me? Why not just pass me a vector, or fork a memory, or describe it around a campfire while we drink cosmic whiskey or smoke a stardust spliff late into the night?”
Delta’s face glowed with a straight line from ear to ear. “Because storytelling is very Earth-human so it didn’t occur to me. Because, if you see, it stays with you, haunts you. It delights and torments. It informs, and it guides. It does many things, but it never goes away. If I show you data, you’ll have information. If I tell you stories, you’ll have knowledge. If you see it for yourself, you’ll have wisdom.”
Maria stared at the planet. It looked dark. Sinister. Evil. What sunlight played across its surface somehow got sucked in by the insatiable-seeming blackness of the mega-city’s pointy cancerous growth—a hungry demon in red stilettos.
Trevor studied English and Creative Writing at Bath, England, and wrote his MA dissertation on cyborgs. He’s managed big websites and a mainstream tech magazine title, but is new to writing novels.
Trevor’s debut (Brobots) outperformed self-publishing averages reaching the top 2% for LGBT science fiction on a leading web store—twice. The next two books in the trilogy (Red Gods Sing, Balance of Estubria) performed similarly and featured in Geek Syndicate, QueerSciFi, and Gay Star News. A Netgalley professional gave the whole series five stars. Brobots: The Complete Source Code (2019) is now an omnibus edition with Beaten Track Publishing.
A member of the SOA, he lives with his husband in Europe. An ISFDB entry exists. Read the long version >
(All of the reviews on this website were given by individuals not known to the author. In some cases a free review copy was issued.)