In the early 21st century, robotic devices are endemic throughout advanced cultures, a new slave class that tends to every human requirement. One company, Edosys, leads the way with the development of humanoid robots that care for the most intimate needs whilst another, BioMimetica, is poised to unveil androids that experience emotion and have sophisticated biographical memories. BioMimetica's psychologist Alex Sorber is growing disillusioned in his relationship with his android companion Kim Fox, finding that he longs for a more normal lifestyle with a more human partner. Recollections of his past way of life disrupt his inner balance and he is plagued too by traumatic nightmares that depict him as a machine prototype - something far removed from his human longings. This turmoil is compounded when Edosys' robots inexplicably turn against their users, igniting long-held fears among humans towards this strange new species.
Set in Boston, which has played a crucial part in both the development of artificial intelligence and the abolition of America's slave trade, Robophobia is a haunting futuristic thriller that offers a sympathetic portrayal of an emerging race who neither wish to be human, nor to cause harm to their creators. Robophobia tells a unique story of humankind's anxiety towards living machines and one individual's discovery of their own true nature.
Richard Evans first novel, Machine Nation, was published in 2002. Since then, he has written extensively on the real-world development of humanoid robots, he has also had short literary fiction published and received Individual Artist and Writer's Bursary Awards from Arts Council England.