In 2022, everyone uses an auto. This sophisticated ‘super-app’ is a digital personal assistant which acts on your behalf. It knows your personality and habits – and mimics them. It learns from your behaviour – and copies you.

Digital detective Joanna O’Donnell has heard stories about autos going wrong, twisting people’s lives inside out. She doesn’t believe it. Until it happens to her.

Unable to trust her own agency, Joanna secretly investigates and discovers these incidents may be part of a bigger, more terrifying story.

Michael Walker – the man who invented the auto, and public enemy number one – is back…


Auto is a 110,000 word novel featuring the first eight stories from the Auto Series.

This novel includes the previously published stories Relationship Status, Timeline, Friend Request, Backup and Copy, plus three new stories with over 45,000 words of exclusive material.

Auto won both the Overall Best Book of 2013 and Science Fiction categories in the Self-Published and Small Press Author Awards 2013.

Find out more about the Auto Series.

Review extracts

“The place – London. The year – 2022. It’s just a few years away and David Wailing has created a world where your whole life is set to Auto. And so is your death.”

“Set slightly in the future, ‘Auto’ looks at a world in which digital media has been taken to extremes. Almost every aspect of people’s lives is handled automatically and strict information handling laws have made it so difficult to lie online that most people trust digital representations implicitly. This means that on the rare occasions when technology goes array, it causes absolute havoc.”

“This novel weaves in the plots of several previously published novella length works and transforms them into something much better. Although I have very much enjoyed the individual ones, this complete novel makes sense of them and goes beyond them in a way that was difficult to foresee and therefore makes for a much more surprising read than seemed possible.”

“Who will this book appeal to? Well, if you like stories set in the future in an urban setting, a little bit of sci-fi and a good old fashioned thriller, you can’t really go wrong. There is also a good bit of humour, and a little romance. As for the ending…. well I hope he doesn’t keep us waiting too long for the next instalment, that’s all I can say!”