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Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE AMAZING, UNFOLDING WORLD OF MACHINE CIVILIZATION Series by Clayton...

Goddess Fish Promotions has organized a Virtual Book Tour for THE AMAZING, UNFOLDING WORLD OF MACHINE CIVILIZATION Series by Clayton Barnett, a science fiction series available now.

Clayton Barnett will be awarding a $25 Amazon/BN GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.

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The Amazing, Unfolding World of Machine Civilization Series

by Clayton Barnett


GENRE: Science Fiction


NOTE: Echoes of Family Lost and The Fourth Law are only $0.99



A history beginning in our near future, these stories are set in a world where the US dollar has been displaced as the world’s reserve currency, prompting its economic and political collapse, with a few areas able to hold onto civilization.

At the same time, across the Pacific, under a resurgent economy brought about by the implementation of new technology and deregulation, three Japanese companies produce breakthroughs in both artificial intelligence and robotics. These newly made people exhibit an odd interest in the goings-on of the former United States.

To-date, my chronicling of this interest of theirs has led to stories that populate five novels, which I would like to share with everyone now!

The Fourth Law - In the near future, 23-year-old apprentice nurse Lily Barrett lives in a shattered time. Following its economic collapse, the US has devolved into a group of a few barely functional smaller states and vast swathes of barbarian badlands. His sister has been missing for years, and her father, after earning the opprobrium of most of the world for running a state terror organization, presumed dead.

Two things keep her going: her live-in job at a small, Catholic orphanage in the city of Waxahachie, Republic of Texas, and Ai, her odd but dear friend, whom she met online; a young woman who only shows herself to Lily as a rendered CG image.

Troubled by her past, haunted by her name, and facing an uncertain future, Lily seems only a quiet, simple life. But, that past and her present conspire against her.

Echoes of Family Lost - Alive! After four years believing her older sister lost and presumed dead in the horrible Breakup of the United States, Lily Barrett gets word from her dear friend, Ai – and Ai’s family of Machine Civilization – that Callie Barrett is very likely alive… but over 900 miles away in Knoxville.

Using the resources of her and Ai’s family, Lily puts together a search party to go find Callie: old, broken, and burnt Orloff – an expert in surviving in the Badlands, Ai’s little sister, Fausta – her machine mind controlling a Combat Android to protect her friend, all together in a cart pulled by their sturdy pony, Clyde.

It’s almost a thousand miles to go, with something very odd trying to limit their ability to communicate over distance and even to cross bridges. A chance meeting along the way in Huntsville, former Alabama, wrecks their plans, and puts all of their lives in danger.

Cursed Hearts - Even with San Diego occupied by the Mexican Army, Katarina Sosabowski pursues her MBA at UCSD, and is happy to welcome and put up her visiting step-cousin from Japan, Christopher Dennou, for a night so he can complete his enrollment the following day.

But a minor earthquake brings a major surprise: Chris’s younger sister, Maya, murders their mother and escapes Neuroi Institute, the research facility that created them.

While Chris and ‘Cat’ grow closer to one another, Maya inexorably crosses an ocean and half a continent to take back her brother, killing anyone who gets in her way.

Friend and Ally - Model 5 is a prototype designed to fit seemlessly into human society. A meeting in Tokyo derails Nichole’s planned training as she is dispatched to Portland, former Oregon; the last working deep water port on the West Coast of the imploding US.

There, under her cover as a Graduate Engineering Student, she is to do her utmost to nurture the people and politics of the City-State into a Friend and Ally of the Japanese Empire. But from the first day in her new home, all of Nichole’s plans go awry.

Beset by those who want this small lamp of Western Civilization snuffed out, Nichole must find within herself the courage and ability to protect her new friends, at whatever consequence to herself.

Foes and Rivals - After residing nearly a year in Portland, Nichole’s life seems to finally settle down: with her classes, friends, and lover. But troubling rumors about secret deals between the City’s master and the savage horsemen to the east reach her ears.

With her own skills augmented by her friends and allies, she sets plans into motion she hopes will thwart those in opposition to her dream of a peaceful future.

Once again denied a quiet, normal life, Nichole is faced to make hard, dangerous choices that will jeopardize her, her friends, and the survival of the City itself.


EXCERPT from Foes and Rivals:

Teresa laughed as she downed the last of her wine and easily made her way to the steps and out. Nichole pushed her chair back and followed a minute later. She paused at the door to the outside. It appeared cold and wet; foreboding. Yet she was suddenly surprised by a sound she had not heard since her youth in Osaka: the yip of a small dog.

Nichole turned about to see Nike squatting down to pet the head of a silver-grey Schnoodle.

“I didn’t know you kept a dog, Nike,” she observed. Non-farm dogs were an expensive luxury, post-Breakup.

“I don’t; he’s just visiting,” the proprietor replied. “We met at the Bridge once.”

“I see. May I pet him?” she asked.

“That,” he replied, “is entirely up to him!”

Nichole walked over and extended her hand as she leaned down. The fluffy one sniffed her hand and looked to Nike.

“Unfamiliar smell!” he laughed.

“Yeah.” How much does Nike know about me?

The small dog took two steps to push his head into the palm of her hand. Nichole rubbed and scratched behind his ears for half a minute.

“I must be off,” she said, standing. “What bridge did you say it was where you met him?”


Nichole paused at the door. So far as I know, there is no such bridge in the City or its surrounds!

She put her hand onto the doorknob.


AUTHOR Interview:

Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?

Who?  “The Fourth Law” and “Echoes of Family Lost” being about, respectively, friends and family, are all-ages.  My early teen daughters helped to proof T4L. “Cursed Hearts” being a romance/horror, leaves little to the imagination and is thus 18+.  The two books of the Saga of Nichole 5 incorporate all of these elements with politics and battles thrown in as well. From a sheer comprehension standpoint, I’d call them Teen and up.
Why?  Along with me, the reader is exploring a new world.  Familiar in many respects, as it is a possible near-future, but sometimes jarringly different.  But what journey of exploration would be worth it without surprises?

How about your least favorite character? What makes them less appealing to you?
In “The Fourth Law” Clive Barrett is Texas’s Felix Dzerzhinsky; I’m surprised the new government put up with him and his organization for as long as they did.  From “Cursed Hearts” it becomes apparent that the monster isn’t Maya, but her mother. And speaking of parents, Teresa’s father, dictator-in-all-but-name of Portland, is not a keeper, either.
What they all have in common is heartlessness that shades into sociopathy.  Nasty people to write: to get them onto paper I must first let them into my mind.  And people wonder why I drink so much…

If you could change ONE thing about your novel, what would it be? Why?
Because my stories are driven by characters, who even while in the present will recall something from the past or imaging the coming future, there are times when my narrative seems a little disjointed.  If I had an editor to slap me around, I might change that. Until then… nope!

Give us an interesting fun fact or a few about your book or series:
The novels touch in surprising, almost ‘easter egg’ ways.  Fausta, through her brother Thaad, recognizes Orloff; Joe, from Portland, shares a freighter across the Pacific with Clive Barrett and Maya… who then introduces Barrett to Nichole 5.  There are more, but I don’t want to give them away!

What's the strangest thing you have ever had to research online for your book?
To make sure I got Cat’s reactions right, I had to ask my wife of a quarter century some very interesting questions about female sexual response.  I think it was question three when she glared at me and hissed, “are you kidding me?!”

How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
I keep a blog,, which when I’m writing is regularly updated.  It’s possible to go back through the sidebar of Categories and find the roughs of many of my novels.  All of the raw material of my next novel, “Worlds Without End” is there, for example.
I have a tiny social media presence on Instagram and, if it survives.  I don’t trust Facebook and would be banned from Twitter in seconds.

What can readers who enjoy your book do to help make it successful?
Feedback… especially reviews.  A couple of reviews of “The Fourth Law” called out my odd, teevee style of telling a story.  A review of “Cursed Hearts” that delved into how I was trying to present Maya was one of the most gratifying things I’ve ever read… writers don’t know if we’re on the right track unless someone tells us!

Do you have any tips for readers or advice for other writers trying to get published?
I have actually given presentations at local schools and anime conventions about “Creative Writing and Self-Publishing.”  We live in an age of miracles: putting aside the cost of a cover, you can write a story for free; you can have Grammarly check it for free; if you don’t want a physical proof copy, you can look at one online for free.  Then, you can click the “Publish” button.
And just like that, you now can reach millions of minds.
The great publishing houses are useless SJW gatekeepers and nothing more than walking corpses.  You can change the world, right now, for almost no cost at all! Why do you hesitate? What is your excuse now?  You have a story to tell…


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

One time engineer, some time pharmacy technician, full time husband and father, Clayton Barnett stumbled into writing a traditional novel November 2014 during National Novel Writing Month. Liking the results, he edited what would become “The Fourth Law” and set about teaching himself self-publishing. In the following four years he has produced four more novels as well as a children’s early reader, all in what is now called Machine Civilization.

Clayton Barnett lives in central Ohio with his wife, two daughters, and two dogs.

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  1. Good Morning! Thank you for the book description.These tours are great and we have found some terrific books so thanks so much.

  2. Thanks for the chance, sounds interesting.

  3. Did any books or movies influence any of the characters in your book? Bernie Wallace BWallace1980(at)hotmail(d0t)com

    1. For my first book, "The Fourth Law," the 6-ep anime called "Time of EVE" was never far from my mind. After that initial push, I deliberately avoid scifi books and movies so as to not taint how Machine Civilization is evolving.

  4. Sorry so late to check in! I'm in the midst of changing my DayJob and there is much confusion in my schedule! Thank you for hosting today!


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