Tobias Roote

Science Fiction Writer



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The southern view of the Corfu mountains from Villa Eden

Try as I might, I don't get to write as much as I should.

In case you didn't already know, we live in a large three-bedroomed villa on a very exposed hillside, surrounded on all sides by olive trees. We have no immediate or visible neighbours. With literally hundreds of acres of olive groves around us dotted with the occasional distant empty holiday villa battened down and shuttered against the winter, we have little to do this time of year except work the land.

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A reappraisal of earlier work means a new opportunity.

pattern audioIt took a long time for me to get over the fact that Pattern Ship wasn't a good 'audio' book, which probably reflected the fact that I had nothing to do with producing any of it, from beginning to end. I was eager, naive and in a hurry so didn't pay attention to matters and as a result left myself with an audio commitment that the US producers wouldn't/couldn't follow through on for the remainder of the series. I think they expected me to stump up the cash for everything from thereon. I continue to get royalties, but the company lacks professionalism and diligence in the admin sector. As a result I'm never truly at ease in dealing with them. Their communication is abysmal and whilst there is little, to no contractual obligation, halting the audio book sales is fraught with problems.

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Introducing Philus Grady, Mutant Hunter

narrated by Edward Beesley

Well, finally here we are. The arrival of Mutant Hunter (Audiobook) is imminent. Only a few more chapters to go before the narrator finishes his work and passes the files across for me to listen to. So far, I'm impressed with Edward's work. He doesn't just 'read' the book out loud, he 'voice acts' the characters and this is backed up with sound effects to help with creating an 'immersive atmosphere'.

Edward J Beesley - NarratorAs the author there are no surprises in the book for me. Yet, when Edward narrates it I find myself listening to the book as though I'd never read it before. I was spellbound. How can that be? 

Anyway, there are thirty-one chapters in all and I'm giving you the chance to listen to the first five of these to help guage people's responses to Edward's style. I think you'll love his British accent and drama-trained voice.

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Will humanity evolve into AI?


A Sunday morning chat over breakfast produced the discussion of a future world where humanity no longer exists as a biological entity, but rather has evolved into artificial life-forms. The very things we are terrified of will eventually prove to be the preferred descendancy of man

We have come incredibly far with new technology in the last fifty years, yet in the next fifty we will go much, much further. "To the stars and beyond", as some Disney character once said. We won't do it as biological entities though, that's where all the problems lie. If we have to cater for our biological species in space for protracted periods, we wouldn’t make it beyond Mars.

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So, let's talk about AI, Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence, definition: the theory and development of computer systems able to perform tasks normally requiring human intelligence, such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages.

Artificial is unreal, man-made, synthetic. Made from a non natural fabric or substance to emulate or copy something real or natural. The dictionary actually defines artificial as: made or produced by human beings rather than occurring naturally, especially as a copy of something natural.

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Tobias RooteWelcome to my new website where you can buy my books knowing all the proceeds are going to the author and not a large corporate monoply. 

I mainly write Space Opera and speculative SF books that encourage the idea that a future world with AI is not necessarily a bleak place.

Please share this place with your SF friends and look out for my blog updates and new releases.

Thank you

Tobias Roote

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