Yep, time for another author interview! (I know, I’m so popular these days. Yeah, OK, so I didn’t really have anything to do with this series except hosting it, but come on – what do you want from me?) You can grab a copy of Robots Like Blue here!
Pitch the concept of your book in 2-4 sentences.
“Robots Like Blue” is a story following a robot, Robbie, through a journey of self discovery. As he reflects on his experiences, he struggles to understand his his own purpose, the emotions that humans present to him and even his own nature. His only real concern is to serve his owner, Lucy Walker but,, the process of self reflection seems to lead only to more questions, rather than answers, as he moves towards an emotional uncertain conclusion.
If readers like these three books, and these three movies, they’ll most likely enjoy your book. What are those movies and books?
I think the most obvious and direct comparison, book and the movie, would be “The Bicentennial Man” by Asimov. I love Asimov’s work. There are definite similarities and I cannot deny Asimov’s influences, but the Robot’s motivation and the books conclusion are very different.
Then I would say that there are elements of my story that turn up in film’s like “Chappie” and even “Transcendence,” but there is a couple of unique ideas that I have yet to see in any book or film. I could go on further, “I Robot,” “Johnny 5,” “Robot & Frank.” Basically, if you like reflective robot stories, “Robots Like Blue” is for you.
Is this book a part of a series? Which part in the series is it, and how many are there/will there be in the series?
“Robots Like Blue” is my debut novel. It was a book I ‘had’ to write, and did not consider writing a sequel or series at the time. The story is complete enough to stand alone, but inspired by reader feedback, I am writing a sequel. I am still very early in that process. I also wrote a ‘spin off’ novelette, “Andrea the Martian Robot” available now. I think that when I have written the RLB sequel, I will be done with robots for a while, as I have another idea that I’d like to explore.
What’s an aspect of your book, be it plot, character, political commentary, or so on, that people might not expect to be there just by reading the description or looking at the cover?
This a question that I am glad you asked, because I think that many will not open RLB, dismissing it as another “Robot Wars/Uprising” tale. In fact, that could not be further from the truth. It is a philosophical look at the self, free will, “good and evil” and a human interest story: a story about love. A pure, chaste love. Many reviewers have remarked on this. So it has a broader appeal than just the sci-fi lovers.
What inspired you to write this story?
This book is the result of many years spent reflecting and thinking about the self, free will etc. I am quite surprised to find that I have written it, as my muse came from nowhere! I was debating online about “free will” and suddenly I decided to channel my thoughts into a book. I had no idea if it would be any good, but I suddenly just had to write it.
Anything else you’d like to add?
Just a “thank you” to G.G. Atcheson for nominating the book.