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Episode Info: The Two Gay Geeks 🏳️‍🌈 have a chat with Trevor Barton, author of "Brobots". Trevor joins us from the UK and tells us how he got into writing and the experiences he has had in that process. Have a listen and we hope you enjoy this as much as we did.   About Trevor Barton 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. #AD About Brobots ☀☀☀ Brobots is substantial science fiction with gay characters told across three continuous books. 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. Plug them in. Wish they never end. Brobots Book 1: 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. ❀❀❀❀ In our second segment, we chat about our year in quick review and another one about our vacation break. We also highlight recent articles posted to the tggeeks.com in ...
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