Intro

Trevor Barton resting by a curtain

So far, I'm a top 20 SF author for the LGBT category, but I'm not stopping there. I'm writing even more ambitious work and seeking a mainstream SF audience. I've done fiction writing since October 2016 when I whimsically produced 'Brobots', a tale for the self-published market about dehumanised non-humans. This reached the top two percent for LGBT science fiction twice. I then got more serious about it and developed it into a trilogy. Four publishers read it and two offered for the whole work. A UK publisher published the omnibus in 2019. Also in 2019 I entered my first ever fiction writing competition and my work was selected for inclusion in an American science fiction anthology. Get my news so you know what I'm releasing next, and who it's with.

Latest professional review:

September 2019: "Barton has written something...fascinating... [It's] sneaky [and,] for a debut..., Brobots is a very good read, especially considering its ambitious content." - Ben Ragunton for tggeeks.com On social media he adds, "It's deep, at times somewhat profound, and also very touching."

Professional praise for Trevor's writing:

“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.)

Books

Migration, 2019

Migration Queer Sci Fi Anthology

'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 word limit of a mere 300 words. I'm delighted to have my work included in the panel's top 120 selected. Released July, 2019.

Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Amazon version, iBooks


Brobots: The Complete Source Code, 2019

Please note:

The first and second books in this trilogy contain scenes of a sexual nature. There is also violence, swearing and an attempted rape scene. But it isn't gratuitous.

Publisher Beaten Track Publishing
Buy from

Representation of the paperback for Brobots trilogy omnibusPaperback RRP $21.92 / €19.03 / £16.99 Barnes & Noble and other US stores, and Foyle’s, Waterstones, Blackwell’s and others in the UK. Amazon also has a paperback edition. (If you buy direct from the publisher, both publisher and author will get a bigger cut and this will help other authors; but of course it’s up to you!)

eBook RRP $6.44 / €5.59 / £4.99 from pretty much every outlet including Smashwords, Apple, and Amazon. (Same applies about the publisher.)

Language US English
Publication date Tuesday 15th January 2019
Pre-orders date
Page count 237,200 words approx.
Formats Paperback, eBook
RRP £16.99 (€19.37 / $22.26), and £4.99 (€5.69 / $6.54) respectively. Contact the publisher for wholesale options.
ISBN Paperback 978-1-78645-263-4
ISBN eBook 978-1-78645-264-1
ASIN B07K71KDJC
Distribution (EN) Wide.
Blurb 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.
Strap line They're easy to treat like trash. But not so easy to ignore.
Performance An LGBT Science fiction Best-seller*
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%).
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. tggeeks.com- Ben Ragunton

The whole series is beyond phenomenal OJHeSay.com - Orlando Castellano

Before 2019

Three book jackets for Brobots and Red Gods Sing and Balance of Estubria
  • The Brobots Trilogy:
    • Balance of Estubria—2017, Self-published.
    • Red Gods Sing—2017, Self-published.
    • Brobots—2016, Self-published.

Before 2016

  • Websites for Nature, a site rebuild that became OUP's busiest website for traffic. Other big name websites managed.
  • UKdirectory: directory and magazine distributed UK-wide with tie-in website. Editor of both. Took the title to profit for the first time in it's history, 1999/2000.
  • Myth of the Cyborg: The Perpetuation of a Cultural Fantasy, 1998, University of Southampton Library.
  • A Gentle Revolution, or, Waiting for Meaning. Play script, Bath Spa University College.

Bio

Trevor Barton in an orange shirt standing on a mountain

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. By the time he was nine, his father became disabled. At fourteen he was sent to a military training corps for toughening up. 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.

In his early career he became managing editor of a small but mainstream UK web tech magazine. He then moved into what was still then the new area of website managment putting sites live 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. After this period some health difficulties led to a dramatic career change.

He was orphaned by his thirties.

Trevor started writing books in 2016. With his debut work, Brobots: The Complete Source Code (2019) he became a top 20 science fiction author in the LGBT category. He's a member of the SOA, and lives in Europe.

News

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Contact

website.enquiry [at] pm.me (Replace the [at] with an @.)

Social

Okuna Social Media Platform'

I was the main author on the guidelines on use for a brand new social media platform, Okuna. I'm also a gold founder. My handle is @trevor

If you’re a published author/ author agent you can hop straight to /c/fiction to start an AMA at weekends.

To be considered for an AMA on /c/sciencefiction just reach out to me. I’m open for offers from published authors but not, I'm afraid, /c/selfpublished authors or authors who have set up a publishing house name just to publish their own titles. I will check.

Press & Events

Press and all enquiries

For high-resolution book jackets (latest book) including the various components, for high-resolution author photos, for events and for all other enquiries the present contact method is: website.enquiry [at] pm.me (Replace the [at] with an @.)

Past Events

Since I’m starting out, my focus is on writing. But here are some highlights so far:

Highlight Date

I get interviewed for the Two Gay Geeks Podcast after they reviewed Brobots.

Coming November, 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