After the disaster of global warming, people are positive, sensible and creating a better future. Mardy is a gay man, one of a group of twenty-something queer artists competing to make it big. True, he's always comes in second to an irritatingly successful rival, but his AI friends have his back.
Unfortunately, since sentient AIs are classified as non-persons, being friends with them could land him in jail. When he falls for his rival's identical twin Wes, well, that's awkward enough on its own, but could wealthy and powerful Wes also be helping keep AIs subservient?
Mardy may have to choose between fairness for his friends and his romantic ambitions. A world where everyone makes good decisions … what could possibly go wrong?
"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 … Mardy's artistic process showcases a similar humanism, and Karpa's attentive, evocative prose revels in the fusion of technical craftsmanship and intuition…"– Kirkus Reviews
"Mike Karpa is one of those writers whose prose doesn't get in the way. … a kind of post-apocalyptic maker romance. … Discovering Mardy's world is one of the delights of reading "Red Dot." It's a wonderful book."– Queerscifi.com
"Mind-blowing, thought-provoking, and emotionally investing … a must-read post-dystopian mix of romance and sci-fi morality themes made this one of those novels that readers won't be able to put down. The LGBTQ representation that could be found throughout the entirety of this cast of characters was phenomenal to see and more relevant to the world we live in."– Anthony Avina Reviews