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(Roboteer Trilogy #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  635 ratings  ·  78 reviews
A fast-paced, gritty, space-opera based on cutting edge science, perfect for fans of Peter F Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds.

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.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 15th 2015 by Gollancz (first published June 16th 2015)
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Dirk Grobbelaar
So. The new Space Opera.
Is it just me or has there been an influx of this sort of thing the last few years? And I’m certainly not complaining.

Roboteer is the first in a trilogy, but it is also the debut novel by the author. It succeeds well enough in both these instances. Yes, there are some issues, but it’s hardly fair to expect any author to enter the fray with all their skills fully formed.

Perhaps, now that I’ve mentioned the issues, I might as well get them out of the way. Yes, they have to
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Really, really fun; a great page-turner indeed.
The unfortunate title (suggestive of second-class tabloid-like science fiction), does not render justice to this well written, fast-paced, riveting example of the new type of contemporary Space Opera so well represented by the likes of Alastair Reynolds.
I am actually starting to develop some hope that good Science fiction is not moribund, but getting a new lease of life with this new generation of brilliant authors.

A page turner that at times reca
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
fast and fun so far (about 100 pages in); curious if it will hold my interest as the politics and characters are very cardboard so far, but the sfnal stuff is exciting

finally finished the book and it was a fast but ultimately unmemorable read - mostly cliched stuff about a religious empire which plans to overwhelm the good guys by numbers and firepower, but the good guys stumble (using the bad guys unintentional inquiry into) godlike supertech with which they win despite being outnumbered zillio
A Reader's Heaven
Mar 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

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 mankin
Edward Cox
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
It has been a few years since I last read a Space Opera, and judging by ROBOTEER Space Opera is still in very fine shape.

Alex Lamb invents some high concepts and intriguing technologies, and then shows off a real gift for explaining them in a simple and fascinating way. A riveting story of the human race, the far future, and first contact, this has the coolest spaceships around, some original and engaging methods of fighting in space, and, of course, Will Kuno-Monet, the Roboteer, who has to pro
I thoroughly enjoyed this! Fast science fiction adventure with great characters and intriguing technologies. Very hard to put down.

Steven Raszewski
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I declare a Book Hangover! What an excellent, awesome story. Can't remember the last time I read such a good hard science fiction story. Can't wait to read the rest of this series. ...more
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
Oct 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
3.5 Stars
Fast paced and engrossing, this novel was an excellent example of space opera. The science fiction aspects were very accessible with straight-forward world building that was easy to understand. The novel used technology, particularly the roboteering, in creative and captivating ways. The military fight scenes were exciting and easy to follow, without overpowering the other aspects of the story. Unfortunately, the writing was not particularly strong with some very cheesy dialogue. The ch
Michael Dodd
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Judged purely on its title and cover, Alex Lamb’s Roboteer could very well be mistaken for the sort of third-rate pulp fiction that many people still associate with sci-fi as a genre. In fact, upon closer inspection it turns out to be a gripping, characterful epic set to a grim future backdrop of religion, morality, and mankind’s inherent flaws. It features Will, a young man genetically engineered to be capable of programming and controlling thousands of semi-aware robots, who is thrust into a n ...more
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book, the story is very elaborate, very solid, a real intelligent and detailed space opera.
The characters are all successful, including the earthlings. For once, the "bad guys" point of view isn't boring. The idea of ​​a united Terran government thanks to fanaticism and the enemy outside is a nice find, and that General Ulanu is a great character.
The book is full of these good ideas: the permanent doubt that assails the protagonists (about aliens and their motivations, but al
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Not so long ago I read a very daring Science Fiction story that was also published by Gollancz, Crashing Heaven from Al Robertson, which I loved. Science Fiction is a genre where lots of things can and are explored. An aspect where Alex Lamb doesn't shy away from as well. Roboteer well what more is there to say than that it is a heavy contender for getting on the best of Science Fiction list for 2015. Roboteer is daring, it is engagin
May 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book through the goodreads giveaway.

My thoughts.

Allow me a moment to squee...

I absolutely loved this book. Join roboteer Will Kuno-Monet and the captain and crew of the Ariel on their adventure in outer space and their fight not only for own survival, but to save the human race.

Imagine the future, where life as we know it no longer exists. The Earth is ruled by the Prophet and his religious doctrine is the legal order. No one is entitled to freedom of thought or speech, the Prophet an
Shane Kiely
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
A lot more sophisticated than the title makes it sound (I assumed it was going to be some sort of Pacific Rim type thing about giant robots). But it primarily concerns a future war between religious fanatics and augmented humans that deviate from their dogmatic notion of what constitutes humanity (and that's a fairly simplified explanation). The nature of said war involves humans interacting with machines and hacking rather than traditional guns and dogfights (though that sort of stuff is very m ...more
Jon Norimann
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Roboteer is a better book than I thought. I was told it was military science fiction but its more a combination of first contact, space opera and cyberpunk. Humanity has split in two, religious fanatics and robotics fanatics. The book is about how the fight between these two is influenced by the discovery of an alien race.

Lamb moves the book along at a good pace although the story is split into two perspectives which as always destroys some of the fun. The science involved is standard science fi
Tudor Ciocarlie
Great ideas and interesting world building, but in the first 100 pages there are maybe 15 characters and all but one are males. And she is described as "curvaceous". After reading about great female characters in Poseidon's Wake, Seveneves, A Prospect of War or Aurora, this feels very outdated. Roboteer is not for me, but I'll try Alex Lamb's next novel. ...more
Trevor Barton
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: influences
I did a vlog review of this book as well as the second book in the series ('Nemesis') for my employer ( I think Alex Lamb is a great new SF author and I look forward to the third instalment in the series.
Gwyn Harley
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this. A really cracking story with great pacing. I felt it was a bit clichéd in places and was tempted to give it 3 stars for this reason, but at the end of the day I enjoyed it too much to do that. And isn't enjoyment the point? ...more
Max Bolingbroke
May 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
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Logan Streondj
Jun 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: genetics, space-opera
GMO remote control operator saves humanity. About 150 thousand words or a 12 and a half hour read.

It's a page turner, captivating writing, well orchestrated plot. I liked the extended use of the Anubis trope, implemented as some advanced civilization weighs humanity, and decides if humanity will live or die -- reminds me a bit of the existing galactic alliances and interactions with soul advisors. That's all the good I have to say about, and is why I gave it a whole three stars.

The high tech w
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
This story follows a somewhat can do no wrong boy called "Will Kuno-Monet". Will is an officer in the Galatea space fleet, and as a "Roboteer" is in charge of managing the robots on their starship, which he has been genetically modified to do so. This genetic modification makes him a high functioning autistic, but gains him the ability to communicate mentally with machines and other roboteers.

The Galatea space fleet is at war with Earth, who have conquered the majority of their colonies. The Ear
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I really appreciate works that explore the boundaries of what it means to be human by playing with the notions of genetic and/or technical modifcations of humans and the human body, and that is exactly what this novel does. I personally would have liked a bit more detailed descriptions of those modifications, especially regarding the roboteers, but even without those in-depth descriptions the novel manages to depict the conflict between the pro- and con-modifiers very well.
Although I think this
William Crosby
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Roboteers are typically autistic savants altered to be used for the telepathic operation of complex systems (such as space ships and complex machines), although the main character (Will) is more socially adept than most. He also receives a message from an alien race which threatens to destroy all humans if they continue on their destructive course and threaten the rest of the galaxy (and beyond). He becomes involved in an alien alteration of his body at the cellular level.

Meanwhile, the people w
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
Roboteer is the first book in debut author Alex Lamb’s Roboteer trilogy. Released in 2015, Roboteer is the kind of novel that calls to me to read – it has everything that I want in a science fiction novel. However, despite trying to read it on its release, I couldn’t fully immerse myself in the story. With the mass-market paperback out in February 2016, it reminded me to return to the novel and give it another go, hoping that I was in a better frame of mind to enjoy what was on offer. And enjoy ...more
Apr 14, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: spaceships, 2018, scifi
Roboteer by Alex Lamb

3.5 / 5 stars.

Religion is bad.

Whenever I write the review of 'Roboteer', it will include this line. In fact, the entirety of the plot seems to hinge on this statement. And that all religion can be united under a single roof. A single prophet can combine them all... somehow. I'm not really sure how, exactly. And since it's such a huge plot point, it seems like something that should've been explained better.

Otherwise, Roboteer is an interesting read set in an inventive—if naï
Jul 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Expectedly a lot of fun, from this first in a trilogy. Involves humanity achieving space flight and splitting off into two distinct factions, one which engages in genetic manipulation off on new planets and a colony who mostly remains around Earth who have become a theocratic society that is against genetic manipulators and see them as abominations. Focuses on a roboteer (someone who have been genetically modified with the ability to interface with machines and computers and his new role on a ne ...more
Apr 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Even with the book kicking off with a space battle, it was pretty slow going until around page 100, when the book started to get more interesting. Roboteer highlights the battle between two forces at work, pure good represented by the Galateans and pure evil represented by Earth in a space opera setting. The finale felt rushed and unlikely given Earth's past history.

As this is Lamb's first published novel, I guess I have to cut him some slack, but the characters are flat and the writing is often
A full-blown space opera book. Rather a good one of its genre, but not normally a genre I read very often.

Will is an augmented human capable of using his mind to control all kinds of robots from terraforming, land-use, farming equipment to maintenance robots or even space ship navigation and piloting. He and his crew thought they were just fighting off other humans, until they found evidence of aliens. And the aliens were only friendly for certain meanings of the word 'friendly'.

I did enjoy thi
Suzanne Hamilton
Jan 29, 2018 rated it liked it
In a far future time war is raging between Earthers, humans living on Earth who are ruled by a religious cult-like leader and who deny science, and Galateans, humans who fled the Earth ages ago and have survived on a hostile planet thanks to genetic engineering. Will, the hero of the story, is genetically engineered to be able to direct the actions of robots through his brain. Will and his crew mates encounter an ancient alien race -- or traces of it -- and the encounter changes everything. This ...more
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-sci-fi
I couldn't put this book down! Sci-fi isn't typically what I seek out but on the recommendation of a trusted friend, I thought I would take a step away from the fantasy I've been reading and cleanse the palate a bit.

So glad I did!

Lamb develops characters that I care about quickly though in the first few pages, I wasn't sure I would. Then he builds out conflicts that also drew me in. His imagined future makes sense. Add into that a style that moves perspective between these characters that I car
Trilby Johnson
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I totally loved this story! If I could rate 5+ stars I would. It was fast paced, with so many unexpected twists and turns that I almost felt dizzy and it made for a fantastic read. Well written to highlight the struggle for power and where propoganda portrays the 'other' as the unsavoury and enemy. Love how Will has to face his own demons, wonders if his gone nuts and then has to convince his fellow crew of the importance of the information he has and how he rocks the boat. Great story! Can't wa ...more
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Alexander Lamb splits his time between writing science fiction, software engineering, teaching improvised theater, running business communication skills workshops, and conducting complex systems research.

In his day jobs, Alex has worked on a myriad of unrelated software projects, including mobile applications for biologists and publishers, risk analysis software for banks, large-scale simulation o

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