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Far Future Fembot: Bill's Story Paperback – October 11, 2009
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About the Author
D. B. Story is a writer living in the southwestern United States. While that territory can cover anywhere from New Mexico to Hawaii he declines to be more specific at this time. His use of the time-honored artifice of writing under a pseudonym comes from the necessity to still maintain a day job and the habit of employers to Google new applicants to discover what stupid things said applicant is willing to foolishly do, and then doubly foolishly post for the world to see afterwards. Such invasions of one's personal life become an unnecessary distraction. D. B. Story has long had interests in both Science Fiction (since first discovering his mother's secret cache of Ace Doublebooks stashed under her bed) and writing. In fact, anything he has enjoyed participating in he eventually has a desire to create as well. He seriously began writing (although not selling) stories ten years ago due to a dissatisfaction with what he was reading at the time and the belief that he could do it better. He started out with the interaction between humans and the sexy robots they would inevitably create and later branched out to other erotic Fantasy and SF genres. During that time he has written everything from flash fiction to a 402,000 word novel and a screenplay based on his other writings, as yet unsold. Whether his writing is actually "better" he admits he must leave to his readers to decide, but he likes his stuff a lot. He has often said that, "Writing time is always good time." He also says that with the advent of cheap computers, word processors, eBooks, and the Internet that times have never been better for a diversity of writers to be heard.
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Since I got into reading erotica I have encountered quite a few sub-genres I would have once considered "silly." Pony-girls were the first I think I encountered and I thought the idea laughable. That was until I read a tale written by a woman into that particular kink and I got a rather eye opening new perspective. Fembots, for me anyway, would have once fallen into the same category of concepts "too silly to entertain," but thankfully I encountered a short tale by D.B. Story that changed all that! The story was incredibly well written with obvious thought put into the subject. It was quite detailed, but not overly complex. Erotic, but still readable. The only problem I had with it was I wanted more! It was one of those stories that simply begged for a sequel, but at the same time ended exactly as it should have!
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, past a couple of years and a dazzling array of bewildering distractions, and I found myself sitting down to lunch with the D.B. Story tale I should have read in the first place, Far Future Fembot: Bill's Story! This is a hard one to describe because it is a rather lengthy and complex tale and there are a zillion things I could probably say about it and half would contradict each other in some way! Let me start by saying I think the book is brilliant! It is a bit long and at times slow moving, but please don't take that as a negative. It is intricately detailed so the softer pace makes for better understanding of everything that is going on and allows one to savor this wonderful story full of complex characters and a barrage of twists and turns and fast forwards and flashbacks and....well you get it! It is a "boy meets girl" story, only in this case the boy is somewhat "unremarkably" unique and she is a broken down, obsolete sexbot discarded and collecting dust in the corner of a second hand store! So a pretty typical tale right?
The story is told in a pendulous fashion moving back and forth between the far distant past, beginning with how Bill and Anna came to be together in the first place, and the far, far future, where Anna has evolved beyond her basic programming and former life as a brothel sex toy to become the Empress of the Known Universe! I know it sounds like a little more than a leap, but the author does an amazing job of taking the reader through how this comes to be and presents it in an entertaining and plausible manner. A great story all around! I definitely recommend giving it a try!
Thanks to the longevity of human souls and robot circuits, this is a story that takes place over hundreds upon hundreds of years. The mystery of that longevity is certainly one of the driving forces behind the story, due largely to the unusual way in which it's told. The chapters alternate between the entire span of the distant past, and (for the most part) a single night in the far future. Every `past' chapter bring us a little closer to that far future, slowly narrow the initial gap of centuries down to a handful of years.
It's the romance of Bill and Anna that drives the story, but the way in which the story develops allows for far more intellectual exploration than most readers would expect. This is a novel about religion, politics, and philosophy. It's a story of the human spirit and human rights, neither of which we discover is the sole prerogative of human beings. It's not a heavy-handed or preachy tale by any means. Instead, it's one that prefers to subtly exemplify and illustrate its teachings, rather than just talk about them.
This is a story that will cause your heart to race, your chest to heave, and your mind to spin. It will arouse you, educate you, and (above all else) entertain you.