Sunday, 13 May 2018

Android Love, Human Skin by Richard Godwin

Welcome to a world of four genders. A dystopian science fiction novel that explores the nature of gender and sexual conflict, in a future utopia engineered by the union.

Society has been revolutionised by gender control and the technologisation of man and woman. In a future where a biochemical weapon has removed the skins of the population, the rulers hunt for the beautiful ones, those men and women who still have skins.

The union is the new government, a faceless body of politicians who were behind the order to use the weapon that backfired on them, leaving them skinless. In the glass citadel, the new utopia, where the only surviving humans with skin are placed, they recreate the world of gender by offering humans four types of robot with which to have relationships.

All the humans are placed in relationships with machines, apart from Gerald, who appears to be a spy for the union and is filming the humans, and Elliott, a robot programmer.

The union watches it all, political voyeurs in a totalitarian state of enforced sexual ecstasies.

Humanity falls into four categories…

Author Bio:

Richard Godwin is the critically acclaimed author of Apostle Rising, Mr. Glamour, One Lost Summer, Noir City, Meaningful Conversations, Confessions Of A Hit Man, Paranoia And The Destiny Programme, Wrong Crowd, Savage Highway, Ersatz World, The Pure And The Hated, Disembodied, Buffalo And Sour Mash, Locked In Cages, Crystal On Electric Acetate, The Glass House, Android Love, Human Skin, and Insincerity.

His stories have been published in numerous paying magazines and over 34 anthologies, among them an anthology of his stories, Piquant: Tales Of The Mustard Man, and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Crime and The Mammoth Book Of Best British Mystery, alongside Lee Child.

He was born in London and lectured in English and American literature at the University of London. He also teaches creative writing at University and workshops. You can find out more about him at his website, where you can read a full list of his works, and where you can also read his Chin Wags At The Slaughterhouse, his highly popular and unusual interviews with other authors.

Interview with Richard Godwin:

Please tell me a little about yourself and your background.
I have worked in property in London and various companies before lecturing at the University of London in English and American literature, and I studied American literature and culture with one of the pioneers of the subject in the UK, I studied my Phd with him, a great Professor, a man who knew Jack Kerouac and Ferlinghetti. I have always been a firm supporter of the Arts on all levels, without them we are diminished. Sports are big part of my life. I hold two black belts in Martial Arts, and I am regular at the gym. I have written 16 novels and counting to date, my best, Insincerity, is out this June, I am known mainly for my Noir and horror, Mystery, some slipstream and sci-fi, and Android Love, Human Skin is a breakthrough, a novel about four genders, which I don’t think has been done before, anywhere. I love Italian Art. Especially Caravaggio.

What inspired you to write your first book?
The need to tell the story, the story tells itself.

What gets your creative juices flowing?
Everything, I have no shortage of ideas. Dreams, conversations in supermarkets, the newspapers and other media, other writers, Art, painters, music, people I know, life itself.

What does writing mean to you?

How do you balance writing with book promotion and everything else there is to do in life?
I am extremely disciplined. I write, that is the priority, then I divide my day up into the other bits.

Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just to see where an idea takes you?
I do both depending on the narrative.

What is your favourite part or scene in Android Love, Human Skin?
The beginning of chapter 7, where it really gets hot.

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
Those who like sci fi, love, fiction, thinking, and the counter-revolution, anyone interested in artificial intelligence.

Which of your books was the most fun to write ?
Meaningful Conversations, it just wrote itself. It’s about a classical cellist who is either nuts, or totally sane and abducting people and taking them to The Farm. If you want to find out what The Farm is, read the novel.

Many authors state that their characters are portions of themselves. Is this true with you?
No, that is a common fallacy.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
About 54.

What are you working on at the moment?
A new and a great Noir novel.

What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Write every day and tell and sell your story.

If you had to choose a fictional character from one of your books to have lunch with, who would it be and why?
Mr. Glamour from Mr.Glamour.

Name one thing you won’t leave home without.
My keys.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?
Yes but it’s secret.

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