Now available on Amazon as an ebook ($3.99) and paperback ($14.99). Red Dot on Amazon
Red Dot is a gay sci-fi romance that tells the humorous, sexy story of a group of young artists competing to make it in a globally warmed world. Think Flashdance meets Rent as written by Philip K Dick in an upcycle. Only nobody dies. Much.
The planet is globally warmed, Artificial Intelligences are ubiquitous, and the Authenticity Act has outlawed deception in all forms. The world has finally gotten its act together. People are positive, sensible, and creating a better future and a just present. So In a world where everyone makes good decisions, what could possibly go wrong?
Well, other people.
Mardy holds a minimum-wage job (pilot) as he aims for art world success as a machine tool artist, competing with dismissive rival Smith. When Mardy’s airplane (Phil) drops Mardy off for a job, and who should answer the door but Smith? But hang on, it’s identical twin Wes. Sparks fly. Now Mardy must pursue not only his artistic passions but also love. And justice! And success! All while dancing. It’s a lot, but he might just make the world a better place in the process.
Kirkus Reviews said this about it:
“Karpa presents a warmly optimistic take on the future in which climate change is manageable and artificial intelligence is soulful rather than sinister, as illustrated in deftly funny sketches: “ ‘How can I help you,’ an AI answered in a female voice, slightly raspy, as though the AI had been smoking.” Mardy’s artistic process showcases a similar humanism, and Karpa’s attentive, evocative prose revels in the fusion of technical craftsmanship and intuition…”
Not too shabby!