Travis Borne


Travis Borne is a father of four fantastic kids, and is supported by his beautiful wife of more than twenty years. He’s a coder of various programming languages, creates plug-ins for graphic software, designs dynamic websites, and has been in the graphics industry for twenty years. An avid hiker, he loves the outdoors, usually spending an hour or so running or walking before starting the daily grind. A few of his passions include the studies and experiences of lucid dreaming, fitness and nutrition, science and astronomy, and of course whipping words into strange concoctions.
No matter the temperature you might run into him outdoors trekking with either of his two large dogs: Miller the golden retriever, or George the newfypoo. Spending time with family is given priority, always. As his wife says, he always pushes things to the extreme—a good and bad thing, as it has turned out at times.
LENDERS is Travis’ first novel, he’s currently finished with the sequel (LENDERS II: The Time Tribulations), and in the process of writing the final installment of the trilogy, LENDERS III. Travis has many ideas for future novels and plans to keep at it.

Smashwords Interview

Tell us about your favorite work… what makes it special ?
Does it have to be my work? I’m guessing so, duh, but I also read a ton, and to be honest I’ve yet to read a story were the author hasn’t poured his or her soul into his or her work. Really, I’m just grateful to be a part of all that. I’m grateful add a slice of my soul to the magnificent works floating around out there. And I might add—the millions of work out there that DESERVE, by far, like out-of-this-galaxy, MORE ATTENTION!
But…assuming again—smack to the jaw—you are, SMASHWORDS, talking about my work…
Currently, my only two books released are LENDERS I: The Unlicensed Consciousness, and the sequel, LENDERS II: The Time Tribulations. I’m currently working on the third and final installment. What makes them special. They have sex, drugs, more drugs, and rock and roll. But hardcore stuff aside, if you don’t find yourself laughing, and crying, and being shocked to all hell after reading them, then hit me up. I have found SPOCK. He lives! And I’d like to have a beer with the pointy-eared ol’ dude. Actually I don’t drink beer. Spock can have the whole six-pack, I’ll drink tequila from my flask.
What do you think makes for good science fiction stories?
All of the above. Cut throats and roller-coaster rides, every which way you-know-what and tears falling. Vocal cords vibrating from out-of-control laughter and stuff that’ll blow the top of your head clear off. And last but not least, experience. Real-life experiences translated and twisted into fiction. The only way to roll. It makes a difference and I think readers can tell.
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The arrow has been fired. It’s on track. And they're getting close. They’re advertising their progress, stating it’ll give one an edge over another. Push, push, push in the name of progress, salvation and science. Powerful companies fighting to develop artificial intelligence, and one man who manages something special by pushing himself for twenty hours per day. But all of that, every prior accomplishment and previous happening is merely—Day One. Technological advances tipping the scales, consciousness as a meal for machines, and dreaming as an occupation... Jump twenty-five years into the future where the last remnants of humanity survive in the last city. The mind is money and it can buy only two things—time, and possibly, another chance. Revisit the past, the before, the after. And dream. Because your consciousness is wanted, your consciousness will be harvested!


Lenders II: The Time Tribulations
Series: Lenders. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 213,820. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Science fiction » Hard sci-fi
Time travel, time warps, and a dive into time purgatory. No hot-salsa competitions this time, but there’s more tacos and tequila. And guess who’s in the kitchen! Plummet into the pushing, most pressing limits of existence itself, where there can be no escape. The system has you, has your mind, and seemingly, forever. The Time Tribulations!
Lenders: The Unlicensed Consciousness
Series: Lenders. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 222,620. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2019. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Artificial intelligence, consciousness, and dreaming as an occupation... but it’s no picnic. And what must be done is not for the faint of heart. Very few can do it successfully, or stomach it—until Amy comes along. She's special all right, but not for any reason you can imagine! A future snowball for civilization, fires rage and volcanoes vomit, wormhole travel and a dive into the nothing!

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