Patrick Quinlan


Patrick Quinlan is the author of six novels.

These books include the crime novels Smoked, The Takedown (renamed The Falling Man for ebook publication), The Drop Off, and The Hit. Smoked made numerous bestseller lists in various parts of the world and was translated into four languages.

His thrillers also include the two books of the Demons Among Us horror series, The Girl Inside the Wall and The Demon.

Patrick is the co-author, with legendary film actor Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner, Nighthawks, The Hitcher), of Rutger's memoir, All Those Moments. Available in English and Dutch, All Those Moments was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.

Patrick has been featured or reviewed in major media throughout the world, including the Boston Globe, the New York Times, the London Times, the Daily Mail, Entertainment Weekly, Maine Public Radio, BBC Radio News, and many others.

He divides his time between Maine and Florida.

Smashwords Interview

How did your novel "Sexbot" come about?
I got the idea for Sexbot while riding the train from New York to Florida. The dining car only has about 20 tables, so they make you sit with people you don't know. This is a nice thing in that you eat your meal with people you wouldn't meet otherwise.

One day, I had lunch in the dining car with a Manhattan real estate developer. He was a rich guy, and talkative. He was interested in a lot of things. At first, he was telling me about how the Japanese are in the process of developing robot sex dolls that are nearly lifelike. He was excited by this prospect. He thought that within another ten years, the dolls would be so lifelike that you wouldn't be able to tell them apart from real women.

The important thing, however, was that the sex dolls wouldn't be real women. This is important because real women come with so much baggage - they have opinions, ideas, moods, frustrations, children, ex-husbands, money problems, health problems, jobs, menstrual cycles, favorite sex positions, not to mention sex acts they're unwilling to perform. The real estate developer thought the ideal woman would be someone who had none of these things. All she would have is a perfect body, forever young, and a desire to please her master.

He said, "What would something like that be worth? For me, I know I'd pay at least $100,000. At that price, I'd probably buy more than one." That's where the idea for the Sexbot product came from.

Later, he told me that he had contracted to have himself cryogenically frozen when he dies, kind of like Walt Disney did. He said that within 50 years, scientists will have perfected a process for downloading human awareness into machines. When they do, very wealthy people will be able to live forever, more or less. When the machine starts to break down, you just swap the awareness into a different, newer, and in all likelihood, even more advanced machine.

Even weirder, maybe you make copies of your awareness, and download it into several different machines, or put it aboard a spaceship heading out of the galaxy, or wirelessly transmit it to a receiving station on Mars. You could put your awareness inside the perfect Sexbot type body, or inside a robot submarine, a predator drone, or make yourself into some kind of Robocop / Optimus Prime warrior bot. Once your awareness is downloadable and transferable, the limits as to what you can be are gone.

So why was this guy planning to freeze himself? Because alas, he didn't think he'd be alive long enough to see these breakthroughs. So he plans to come back after he dies, and then be downloaded.

I asked him what he thought about heaven and the idea of missing out on it.

He told me that even if there is a heaven, it can wait. Heaven is for eternity, which is a very long time. The immortality he's dreaming of can only last as long as there's a modern society to support the robots. How long can that last? A thousand years? Ten thousand? Eventually, human civilization will collapse, the robot immortals will die off, and heaven will still be right there, waiting to receive them.
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 57,920. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014 by StrawberryBooks. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
What if you could be immortal? Susan Jones is about to find out. A robotics scientist, Susan is the inventor of the Sexbot, the world’s most advanced robot sex toy. But Susan has stumbled upon the key to immortality – downloading human awareness into intelligent machines. Soon to be murdered, she downloads herself into the most intelligent machine available - Sexbot Number Nine. Fast, sexy fun.
The Demon (Book 2 of Demons Among Us)
Series: Demons Among Us. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 52,510. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014 by StrawberryBooks. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Book #2 in the Demons Among Us series. Victor Strake came to this world to feed on human flesh. Now he’s going home. To open the doorway between worlds, he’ll spill the blood of an innocent at the threshold. Jessie James must pass through a magic portal to a hellish alternate world, to fight Strake and save a child from being sacrificed. In the struggle, she may lose everyone she has ever loved.
The Girl Inside the Wall (Book 1 of Demons Among Us)
Series: Demons Among Us. Price: Free! Words: 52,620. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2014 by StrawberryBooks. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal, Fiction » Horror » Occult
Book 1 of the DEMONS AMONG US series. Eleven years old, Jessica “Jessie” James can read people’s minds simply by touching them. She’s plagued by the image of a five-year-old girl trapped behind a cinderblock wall. A man comes. When Jessie touches him, she learns his secrets. He’s Victor Strake, a serial killer of children. Pursued by Strake, Jessie struggles to save her sanity and her life.

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