Media Kits

Author media:

Portrait of Trevor © Istvan Prem, used with permission

For an author portrait photograph, please contact me. Use of the photograph must include (either in the caption or alt text) the line: © 2018, Istvan Prem.

Media for the Brobots trilogy as a whole:

The blurb is in process, but the current version reads as follows:

Plug them in. Wish they never end.

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 they’re 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.

Brobots is a work of substantial science fiction with gay characters told across three continuous books.

Additional text for the trilogy as a whole:

Fans can’t seem to get enough either. They asked for t-shirts, and those are now available at proudbears.com. You can also listen to the classicaltronic theme music on Apple or Spotify.

For top review pull-quotes see the Brobots webpage.

All three paperbacks (click to enlarge):

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All three e-Books (click to enlarge):

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Media Kits for the individual books

I’ve revised these (January, 2018) to keep them current. If you want something you don’t see (like an author photo) just contact me to ask.

Balance of Estubria (Brobots, #3)

Unique “Charlie in Space” graphic from the cover (click to enlarge):

Charlie character in a space suit adrift in space

Unique “Digital Rainbow after the Totally Encryption Godnet” used in the iBook and paperback back cover (click to enlarge):

A broken digital rainbow

Book Jacket Blurb:

The Brobots (dehumanized nonhumans) seek a way for everyone to win; even if in doing so they die. A super-advanced AI travels the cosmos considering how much, or how little, she likes humans. Fleshing out plans to enslave all humanity, the super rich jeopardize everyone else’s future dreams. When all humanity finally gets the future it deserves, what sort of future will that be?

The Brobots Trilogy concludes.

Book Jacket Images e-Book and Paperback (click to enlarge):

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Balance of Estubria paperback shot at a slight angle showing spine

Interesting facts, extra text, and metadata:

“Good AI” may not be new to Science Fiction. But what interests Trevor Barton in Balance of Estubria is how a synergy between humans and machines with qualia could be found; and whether it may have happened in the universe once before already.

Balance of Estubria launched at the #15 Hot New Releases spot for LGBT science-fiction on Amazon December 24, 2017.

The “Oneminder” religion in Estubria is based loosely on Buddhist principles; mainly that dualistic thinking creates delusions about reality.

The author agrees with Seth Shostak (from the SETI institute) who has gone on record saying that the universe is likely teeming with artificially-intelligent life. Trevor’s take on that (based on Darwinism) is that most of it will be friendly (non-adversarial). (Plus, space exploration for biologicals is hazardous and slow.)

3D printing will revolutionize architecture. Intelligent robots print buildings on Mars in Balance of Estubria.

Publication Date: 8th December 2017 (paperback), 24th December 2017 (eBook)
Pre-orders Date: 2nd October, 2017
Page count: 274 pages
Formats: Paperback, Kindle, iBook (with some chapter graphics), Kobo
RRP: $12.90 paperback, $3.99 eBook
ISBN: 978-154-9801-624
ASIN: B07642WDBN
Product links: 

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Balance-Estubria-Brobots-Trevor-Barton/dp/1549801627/
Kindle: 
http://a.co/8VMlZx3
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/balance-of-estubria
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/balance-of-estubria/id1291977159?mt=11

Red Gods Sing (Brobots, #2)

Unique “Hector” graphic from the cover:

A construction worker in a hard hat image from the book cover

Book Jacket Blurb:

You’re a robot man living in 2060’s America. You’re off on a hot date. Forget fake news and flying saucers. What’s the one thing you should’ve packed?

Josh could be forgiven for being a little forgetful. In his world, the problem isn’t with AI. It’s with humans. (Some of them, at least.)

A threat is looming, and with it an ultimatum. Brobots like Josh can rise up. Or they can face extinction. Josh has decisions to make. But where will they leave a post-singularity world?

Part two of the Brobots trilogy.

Book Jacket Images (Paperback and e-Book) (Click to enlarge):

Red Gods Sing book image

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Interesting facts, extra text, and metadata:

“Clearly…a response to the political situation we find ourselves in …[A]t its heart it is a character piece and a romance in the best way; the pairing in it is adorable [and has] great little character moments. [But it’s n]ot all light and fluffy. Quite often it can be dark [or] horrifying, but in a way to make you feel for those involved. …[I]nteresting sequel, combining politics with heart…” – Geek Syndicate

News (or any audio-video content) that’s been CGI’d into fakery-on-the-fly is certainly coming. In Red Gods Sing, fake news is less about uncorroborated reportage and more about taking news and faking it in real time (and the shadowy group behind such work). The required processing power does not yet exist to do this in real time, but the technology to post-process content is already with us.

As the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) brings a wave of automation and AI, employment types will shift hugely. Since a part of that is the decoupling of profit from labor, some economists and governments are looking at universal basic income (UBI) as a way to minimize poverty. Red Gods Sing tackles this, making the point that if we did have human-like AI they’d experience the same social pressures too.

Publication Date: International Day of Democracy, Friday, 15th September, 2017
Pre-orders Date: was “Juneteenth” U.S. Abolition of Slavery Day, 19th June, 2017
Page count: 400 pages
Formats: Paperback, Kindle, iBook (with three chapter graphics), Kobo
RRP: $12.90 paperback, $3.99 eBook
ISBN: 978-152-1502-136
ASIN: B072V8ZWTB
Product links:

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Red-Gods-Sing-Brobots-Book/dp/1521502137/
Kindle: http://a.co/6kdzGzG
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/red-gods-sing/id1248545227?mt=11
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/us/en/ebook/red-gods-sing/

Brobots

Unique Original Brobot graphic from the cover:

Firstbro

Book Jacket Blurb

Jared takes home a cute man he finds in a dumpster and then gets drawn into a world of robots, parenting and conspiracy.

Artificial intelligence can’t be programmed. It has to be grown. Some machines are learning who they are, and humans could do with a bit of that, too.

Book Jacket Images (Paperback and e-Book) (Click to enlarge):

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Interesting facts, extra text, and metadata:

“Brobot” is a derogatory term used to describe men who call other men “bro” automatically. I imagined a world where a “brobot” was a real thing: male, robot, and alive. What kind of world would there have to be for such a thing to exist?

“Aliveness was important. Otherwise you only have behavioristics and the AI aren’t necessarily sentient. For that to work, I needed to see things from their perspectives, and that opened up tons of other questions.”

Because of the myth and now fact of humanoid robots we imagine ones with human-like AI to be the end goal: robot perfection. Will we end up with such robots in reality? Unlikely. What’s the application? And yet the idea is so alluring.

Brobots is also a metaphor for growing up with a disabled parent. Trevor’s father had replacement metal and plastic parts.

Brobots has regularly hit the top 8% for LGBT Science-Fiction on Amazon.

It’s not impossible that an AI robot with qualia does something dumb like try to clean an audio speaker with water. The point is that the AI has to be “grown.” It learns like we do. Real-world AI development is more about growing and learning; not code. It’s highly likely (almost certain) that if we ever have human-like AI it will have to be matured.

Publication Date: 9th (eBook) and 20th (paperback) December, 2016
Pre-orders Date: none
Page count: 350 pages
Formats: Paperback, Kindle, iBook (with some chapter graphics), Kobo
RRP: $12.90 paperback, $3.99 eBook
ISBN: 978-151-9098-986
ASIN: B01MTW5PJL
Product links: 

Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/Brobots-Trevor-Barton/dp/1519098987/
Kindle: 
http://a.co/8rm6DZp
Kobo: https://www.kobo.com/gb/en/ebook/brobots
iBooks: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/brobots/id1217480908

Other Metadata about the Brobots trilogy

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