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September 4th, 2016

10:13 am:

It's been a while since I posted on livejournal--you can always come see me here:

http://www.aurelioobrien.com



February 15th, 2015

12:12 pm: WOW!!!

Amazon is offering 25% off on GENeration eXtraTERrestrial--don't know how long this will last but it is a super-bargain!

http://goo.gl/MSMbkS



March 14th, 2014

08:21 am: GENeration eXtraTERrestrial is now in PRINT!

For non-eBookers, GENeration eXtraTERrestrial is now available on Amazon in print paperback.  It's on sale now so go for it before they jack the price!

GENeration eXtraTERrestrial

May 21st, 2013

05:09 pm: On Robots
I both like and love robots. The ones that I like are the little ones who make my life easier, start my coffeemaker in the morning, keep my house at a comfortable 72 ̊, water my yard, sort my emails into folders, wash my clothes, and dishes, and tell my auto mechanic what’s wrong with my car. I like them a lot and welcome more of them into my life. They don’t complain or require anything from me. They give of their talents freely.



The robots I love are different breed altogether; they are the robots of fiction. They possess personalities, have their own wants and needs, and do complain from time to time.

I grew up idolizing Robot from “Lost in Space.” He possessed most of the now standard fictional robot traits Robbie the Robot established in “Forbidden Planet”: a proper if mildly generic voice, lots of lights and gizmos, extraordinary strength and special abilities, and a potentially dangerous underbelly. Robot was a big brother to Will, a foil for Dr. Smith, and a protector of the Space Family Robinson. Robot had a sense of humor Robbie hadn’t yet acquired. Robot could tell a joke, pull a prank, hatch a scheme. He was my first big robot-crush.


My love affairs with robots continued. Hal in “2001: A Space Odyssey” fascinated me. He was my tragic love affair with a crazy person. I could feel his isolation, sense the endless conversation going on in his head that ultimately led to his paranoia. He is sadly evil, like many of the real people I know and have loved suffering from mental illnesses which causes them to harm others and themselves.


The “Star Wars” robots were charming and captured my heart, as did their adorable predecessors in “Silent Running.”


Then there are the ones I love to hate, the evil robots. They are not usually as interesting to me as the more personable ones, but I enjoy a good killer robot as much as anyone else, I suppose. (Although I’m not convinced they make very good Governors.)


When I started writing novels, the very first thing I wanted to do was write a robot. Little did I realize until several chapters into my first draft that my story, EVE, needed to be told first-person, but more accurately, first-robot. But it made such perfect sense. Pentser, my robot, would be the best suited character to give a clear account of what unfolds. As he puts it, “I am not burdened by emotions, though I am programmed to simulate such reactions if necessary. As I recount my story to you, you will detect a patina of sentiment in its telling. This is necessary so that you clearly understand what I am telling you and why, for there is great purpose in my story. It is not merely fashioned to entertain you, or simply my recollection of random events.”

Of course, as with all great robots of fiction, Pentser must have a fatal flaw. Something that, no matter how close to human he might seem, no matter how truly alive he may be, creates an impassible chasm between us. Pentser’s is his inability to understand love. This is easy to imagine; who among us does understand it, really? It makes us do crazy things. Love makes no sense at all, even though it is the crux of our existence. Pentser tells a love story never once realizing he is doing so. Pentser sees Govil’s love for Eve and his willingness to die for her as, “…a perfect example of how easily Randomkind falls prey to their emotions. There are many things I could perceive forfeiting my existence to accomplish, but to elevate copulation with Eve to such a level was nothing short of insane. Yet human history is full of kingdoms lost, churches born and the path of humanity completely altered as a result of or the desire for particular human couplings. Indeed, ever since the Garden of Eden. And her name was Eve as well.”

I developed a deep love for Pentser as I wrote him, but wrote him to be incapable of loving back. He’s the one-sided love affair you pine over while they go along their merry way, oblivious to your feelings toward them.

But that still doesn’t mean I can’t love him anyway.

EVE is available in print and eBook formats here:



September 7th, 2011

01:11 pm: iBook Store News
The iBook Store now carries my books EVE and GENeration eXtraTERrestrial--iPad and iPhone users can check it out by searching my name.

August 22nd, 2011

01:23 pm: Ethernomics 101
I have a new essay in the Summer issue of Impact Times Magazine entitled, "Ethernomics 101."  Here's the link:



Impact Times: Summer Issue

May 23rd, 2011

01:59 pm: Hey, another great new Adrienne Jones spec-fic novel is just out---Backbite!  It's creepy, full of intrigue & mystery, and has that special brand of humor only Ms. Jones can do.  Cool promo trailer on her site.  Here's the link:

www.adriennejones.net/backbite.html

May 5th, 2011

07:52 am: Join me at #litchat on Twitter, Friday, May 6, 4 pmET - 1pmPT
I'll be guesting on LITCh@t tomorrow - we'll be discussing my new multi-part novel, GENeration eXtraTERrestrial and what it feels like try to find our place in a society that demands our easy categorization when we don't quite fit anywhere cleanly.

Downloads of the first ePisode of GENeration eXtraTERrestrial are available on my site in both PDF & ePub for FREE, so go grab a copy today and bring your questions tomorrow!

I will also be chatting about eBooks, the newest trend toward self-publishing among established mainstream authors, and where books are going in the near and distant future.

Everyone is welcome - please join in!

Here's a bit about my book and the event on the LITCh@t blog: Aliens and Others

And here's the #litchat link on Twitter: #litchat





May 2nd, 2011

12:26 pm: Join me at #litchat on Twitter, Friday, May 6, 4 pmET - 1pmPT
I will be guest hosting at #litchat on Twitter this coming Friday, May 6, at 4 pmET - 1 pmPT. Please come join in. We'll be chatting about my new multi-part eBook, GENeration eXtraTERrestrial, and what it's like to grow up in a culture of misunderstanding, discrimination, and alienation.

There's more information and a review at:
LITCh@t


April 14th, 2011

09:49 am: More NEWS!!!
In my elaborate alien plot to take over the eBook universe, GENeration eXtraTERrestrial is now available through Smashwords in many new formats.  Here's the link:




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