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Roboteer by [Lamb, Alex]
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The starship Ariel is on a mission of the utmost secrecy, upon which the fate of thousands of lives depend. Though the ship is a mile long, its six crew are crammed into a space barely large enough for them to stand. Five are officers, geniuses in their field. The other is Will Kuno-Monet, the man responsible for single-handedly running a ship comprised of the most dangerous and delicate technology that mankind has ever devised. He is the Roboteer.
Roboteer is a hard-SF novel set in a future in which the colonization of the stars has turned out to be anything but easy, and civilization on Earth has collapsed under the pressure of relentless mutual terrorism. Small human settlements cling to barely habitable planets. Without support from a home-world they have had to develop ways of life heavily dependent on robotics and genetic engineering. Then out of the ruins of Earth's once great empire, a new force arises - a world-spanning religion bent on the conversion of all mankind to its creed. It sends fleets of starships to reclaim the colonies. But the colonies don't want to be reclaimed. Mankind's first interstellar war begins. It is dirty, dangerous and hideously costly.
Will is a man bred to interface with the robots that his home-world Galatea desperately needs to survive. He finds himself sent behind enemy lines to discover the secret of their newest weapon. What he discovers will transform their understanding of both science and civilization forever... but at a cost.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1903 KB
  • Print Length: 433 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (16 July 2015)
  • Sold by: Hachette Book Group (AU)
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #65,034 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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The first few sections of the book were a little simplistic in setting up characters, and there was only a small internal conflict that could really drive that.

The closing act of the book is a lot more solid, and less focused on disucssions between characters instead diving into politics and action sequences which fit well.

There was a risk this would follow too happy of an ark, with everyone surviving and the bad guys trounced, but luckily its more subtle than that.
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The worlds of Will the Roboteer are exciting and frightening and the author has woven an exciting start to a series I am happy to recommend. Book two is on my iPad and three has been preordered. Joining me in this series will not disappoint.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite piece of SciFi 23 July 2015
By Peter L. - Published on
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Alex Lamb has has hit the ground running with this excellent debut novel. This beautifully written piece of hard SciFi is suspenseful, thoughtful on many levels, and quite imaginative. The characters are mostly well-developed, relatable and occasionally evoke strong emotions from the reader. The story-telling is immaculate, and I had a hard time putting the book down. I did catch some minor technical implausibilities (*minor spoilers*), e.g.: Why could only the wealthy afford to genetically engineer their children? We do it to tomatoes after all... Surely a civilization that can afford to send millions of people into deep space, can also afford some CRISPR/Cas9?. Nonetheless, these minor points of criticism did not make the read any less enjoyable, albeit after the grandiose finale, I did not quite have that bitter-sweet cathartic feeling, which is the hallmark of truly great literature: there is always more room for "constructive self-editing", I suppose:). I would wholeheartedly recommend "Roboteer" to any genuine SciFi fan. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next novel by Alex Lamb!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely enjoyable romp through the galaxy and the nervous system 6 August 2015
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It's easy to say there's nothing new under the sun, but a good sci-fi writer knows that our sun is just one star among many, and as many variations can exist as there are stars. When an author has a strong love for science, Artificial Intelligence and social issues and wraps it up in a very readable novel, you've got something for which it is very worth sitting up and taking notice. I loved the ideas presented and explored in this novel, and even more, I love the fact that it's very smooth and enjoyable read.

I'm very much looking forward to further works by the author and hopefully new books in this series will be available soon.

For fans of: William Gibson & Arthur C. Clark (by that I mean people who love both authors and would love to see them collaborate on a modern novel)
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific sci-fi romp 31 October 2016
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This is a terrific book. I read it off and on over a weekend filled with other engagements, but I kept coming back to it. Alex Lamb has created a fascinating sci-fi landscape peopled with complex and interesting characters. And the writing itself is just really felicitous. Having just purchased another sci-fi book with a similar theme in which too much of the explanation occurs through dialog made me reflect on how artful it is to have a proper mix of dialog, exposition, and description.
Disclosure: I know Alex slightly (our wives used to be colleagues), and that's why I bought the book originally, but that's not why I'm so enthusiastic about it. I hope he turns this into something like the Hornblower series, in which the hero, who starts out as a "lowly" roboteer moves up in rank and responsibility as the series progresses. I eagerly await sequels.
5.0 out of 5 stars Asimov, Orwell, Alex Lamb - A modern legend in science fiction. 15 May 2017
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Truly mind-bending book, putting the "science" in science fiction. This book, and its sequel Nemesis, will introduce you to a radical new perspective of life (the underlying, computational ambition of evolving things). Isaac Asimov modernized our discussions of artificial intelligence, George Orwell popularized and laid bare political patterns of tyranny of the state, and, here, Alex Lamb revolutionizes our conception of life itself.

I don't just recommend you read this book. I request you read this book and force this book upon 5 of your friends, insisting they do the same, because the world needs to read and grapple with these essential conflicts of living things as illustrated in Roboteer.
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down. 4 April 2016
By Thaddeus Ward - Published on
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The Roboteer managed to suck me into a very complex world that is some how utterly believable. The concept of the Roboteer pushes deeply into major questions about the the future of humanity and our relationship with technology without ever distracting from the characters themselves. The world manages to capture logical extrapolations of human society cast hundreds of years into the future and scattered across a swath of the galaxy. The questions are deep but the frame always remains focused on the characters and their experiences. Their view of their circumstances and the issues is entirely personal and comprehensible. As a result I was caught up in the in the intensity of the plot and free to let the bigger issues linger in the back of my mind, where I am still savoring them. I burned through this in about 4 days, including some hours that were otherwise set aside for sleep.