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Thinkbot – A New First Novel by Bristol Author David Tossell


Thinkbot is the world’s first sentient robot – a thinking, feeling, spiritual, compassionate, human-like being in a tin can. The world into which Thinkbot emerges is one where all manual work and related activity is carried out by robots: waiterbots, plumberbots, hortibots …  there are even robotic furry pets. More worryingly robots of mass destruction now constitute the ultimate weapon of the new world order.


Thinkbot owes his existence to a glitch in the manufacturing process at the plant where he was assembled. He escapes and finds refuge in the dysfunctional family of the factory’s technical supremo, GAT, whose wife is a member of ‘Go Natural’, the international anti-robot organisation. As a consequence he becomes the catalyst for a major family conflict in the making. Thinkbot eventually becomes the meeting point between the robots and their human masters as the world descends into a crisis of global proportions.


In Thinkbot the question is raised: what happens if, unnoticed by mankind, technology becomes self-aware and intelligent?


Thinkbot is futuristic satire where the all too recognisable signs of increasing automation, globalisation and manic corporate life are projected into a future, where the world is teetering on the edge of oblivion.


In case the robotic world at the heart of this novel seems far fetched, recent articles in the press have highlighted such new developments as robotic vehicles for use by the US armed forces in Iraq that drive themselves independently of human control, and a robotic fish that can be seen swimming around in the aquarium at London zoo.


In Thinkbot David Tossell has written a witty and satirical work aimed at young and old that moves with pace through a vividly painted world of the future, within which some very basic moral and existential issues are, by implication, raised.


David, who lives near Bristol, writes with some considerable insight into the world he depicts. He has a PhD in Physics and has been a senior engineer specialising in automated processes for multi-national high-tech manufacturing company for the past 15 years.


Thinkbot by David Tossell. Published by Pomegranate Books. £8.95 paperback

ISBN 1-84289-004-2

Available from all good bookshops or from the publisher.


Further information and photographs from John Adler at Pomegranate Books


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