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Gate Crashers

(The Breach)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  652 ratings  ·  119 reviews
On humanity’s first extra-solar mission, the exploration vessel Magellan discovers an alien construction. Deciding that finding advanced alien life is too important to ignore, the ship’s captain chooses to return to Earth while reverse engineering technology far beyond anything back home.

Meanwhile, at mission control, the governments struggle to maintain the existence of a
Paperback, 416 pages
Published June 26th 2018 by Tor Books
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Mogsy (MMOGC)
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I loved this book! As someone who has lost track of the number of times I’ve been hoodwinked into reading so-called sci-fi comedy mashups à la Douglas Adams or Star Trek-like spoofs only to have them turn out to be cringeworthy juvenile attempts at humor, all I have to say is Gate Crashers is the real deal. Smart, funny, and creative, it elicited more than a few genuine belly laughs from me, and not a lot of books can do
Manuel Antão
Nov 18, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Quantum Entanglement Radio : "Gate Crashers" by Patrick S. Tomlinson

The Quantum Entanglement Radio is one of the great accomplishments of mankind, although it had so far failed to supplant sliced bread for the top spot in popular colloquialism. The QER operated through the principle of quantum entanglement. At the core of each set of devices sat a pair of neutrons. Once entangled, these neutrons precisely imitated each other’s behavior
Patrick Tomlinson
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, sure, I'm biased. But I honestly love this book. It's my first. I started writing it in 2009. The version you'll end up reading next June 18th is the seventh or eighth rewrite. It's been a very long journey, and it almost stayed locked away in my trunk forever.

I'm seriously ecstatic about the opportunity Tor has given me to bring this book to you, and I hope you end up loving it as much as I do. Peace.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Hugely entertaining space romp! Witty with a few laugh outloud moments (and it isn't easy making me laugh with a book) and a great premise and bunch of characters. Clearly going for Becky Chambers' fans, it also has the feel of a homage to Hitchikers Guide. I certainly enjoyed it. Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights.

Incidentally, the Pb has about 400 pages (my proof had 414 pages).
Peter Tillman
This first novel overcame a slow and uncertain start (to the point where I considered abandoning it), to a not-bad first third.... Then, about the time the human exploration starship Magellan deciphered a warning sign, 30 light-years out, that read “Human Wildlife Preserve. Keep Out!”, I was pretty well won over. Be aware that this one recycles just about every SF and space-opera trope and joke from the past half-century, many very well-worn indeed. And the rubber science strains WSOD to the br ...more
Doctor Science
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mrdrsci-reviews, dnf
I didn't finish, I found it too relentlessly twee. Also, though the author acknowledges he needed help to become less brocentric, it wasn't enough for me. Frinst, I was 1/3 of the way through and a main POV character's "young wife" still had no name. It's set in the future, yet women in politics change their last names with each marriage.

Mr Dr Science finished it, and found it adequately amusing in a Douglas Adams kind of way--and he doesn't care for Adams all that much.
Judy Lesley
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book quite a lot. It is a science fiction novel with enough humor included to give a lightness to the story for a nice change of pace in the genre. Some of the instant science was a little eyebrow lifting for me and the passage of time was uneven to the extent of making me go back to read some passages over; it wasn't me, it was the author. But, even with some problems I can say I enjoyed the book enough to have had some chuckles along with some hold-my-breath moments when the fat ...more
Clay Kallam
Jul 04, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
Light enough to float away like a child's birthday balloon, "Gate Crashers" is a pleasant first-contact diversion that tries very hard to be amusing, and succeeds often enough to make for a fun read.

The plot is simple: Spacefaring humans come across an alien artifact, and haul it away to investigate. Complications ensue (the aliens notice that the artifact is missing, to begin with), and various feats of good old fashioned ingenuity and bravado keep the bad guys at bay.

What that means is the suc
Michael Hicks
My original GATE CRASHERS audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.

First contact scenarios are a common enough trope in science fiction, but Patrick S. Tomlinson manages to inject a bit of freshness and fun, and more than a few dashes of silliness, into mankind’s discovery of intelligent life out amongst the stars.

Gate Crashers feels at times like an ode to Star Trek (Tomlinson’s Captain Ridgeway of the Magellan being only a hairsbreadth away from Voyager’s Janeway, wh
An enjoyable read but let down by the sillyness of the humour and basic scientific innacuracies. The humour doesn't really work well when it's not from the characters and jars you out of the story.
The characters themselves never really get fleshed out as more are added to the main cast. There's even a walking stereotype/trope.
Si Clarke
I have mixed feelings about this one.

It was billed as funny science fiction. It has funny moments and it has warmth and wit, but I wouldn't call it a comedy.

It has frequently been compared to Hitchhiker (including by the author); however, I don't see that at all.

It was written more than a decade ago and published two years ago. I suspect the author's worldview has shifted dramatically in that time. Some of the book seemed to reflect the outlook I see in his twitter feed, but it carries the ghost
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Gate-crashers, obviously. Upstart hoomans in general. And Peter T.
Recommended to Alan by: Mogsy (MMOGC)
"It's okay, Charlie... I got an angle."
—Captain Lincoln F. Sternn, in a scene from the animated film Heavy Metal (1981) that was viewable as an excerpt, at least when this was posted, on YouTube...

The exploratory STL (slower-than-light) Earth vessel Magellan, her crew in cryogenic suspension, is six decades away from Earth when she (Maggie, that is—the ship's AI) runs across an alien artifact, stationary and all alone in interstellar space. Once awakened and consulted, Captain Allison Ridgeway o
Kara Babcock
Space … the final frontier. Our mission … to boldly go … and steal aliens’ shit…. Gate Crashers is a fun romp, as you might say. Patrick S. Tomlinson writes characters with a combination of humility and hilarity, people who might seem a little larger than life but still all-too-human. This is the Brooklyn Nine-Nine of space opera comedies.

The human exploration vessel Magellan suspends its thirty light-year voyage when it encounters a mysterious device of alien origin. As its crew tries to unlock
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nerd-fodder
**Advanced Reader Copy**

Science Fiction isn’t in the recluse section of the bookstore, anymore. It’s mainstream enough that we can pick and choose the stories, the sagas, with which to go on a journey while having endless options. Unfortunately, because of this popularity mediocrity has birthed too many books leading to the misrepresentation of the genre.

Cue Patrick S. Tomlinson. A noteworthy wise-cracker, he’s armed to the teeth with hearty quips, evergreen references, and just the right amoun
Quiller Caudill
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
I liked a lot of the sci-fi concepts, and some of the throwaway lines got a solid chuckle. The main issue with this book is that it's not even trying to hide that it's an imitation of the Hitchhiker's Guide series, yet for large stretches that goal seems to be forgotten entirely. The humor is mostly limited to the occasional pop culture reference, most of which feel dated but not in that warm-and-fuzzy way that Adams was able to hit so consistently. The science fiction concepts are actually pret ...more
Charles Dion
Jun 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
I did not finish this book, it was far too painful. But i'm sure someone who does not enjoy serious Scifi would. In only the first 5 pages one can see how little Tomlinson respects the scifi genre as he takes every opportunity he can to crack a joke. Not to say humor should not be mixed with scifi. Humor is great in every genre, but for the love of all that is holy stop with the Puns! Tomlinson enjoys the use of puns allot too much and often bastardizes English in order to get a laugh (ie, Peopl ...more
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
Very plot-driven, with bland, predictable characters and aliens that aren't particularly alien. ...more
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
I liked parts of it. Didn’t like the mixture of seriousness and humor. It’s like the author couldn’t decide if the was writing comedy or a serious Space Opera.
May 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Hated it. Felt like a chore reading the last 100 pages
Michelle Gipyese
Jul 25, 2019 rated it did not like it
In space, you can punch your wives face
May 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It pretty much hits everything that I enjoy in SF: good story, interesting characters, well done hard science and military action, and wonderful humor.

Here is my full review:

It's 2345 and the American/European Union Starship Magellan has just passed the 30 light year mark on it's way to explore Solonis B. This is the fathest from earth mankind has travelled. While the crew are in their peoplecicle state for the long journey, the ship's AI, known as Maggie, monitors the ship an
Nicholas Smeaton
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Science Fiction comedy is easy to do, good Science Fiction comedy on the other hand is very difficult to do, however in his debut novel Patrick S. Tomlinson succeeds in writing one of the funniest books I've read in years. The trick seems to be in delivering the humour deadpan and in knowing the genre you're sending up and this book does both very well. The plot revolves around the 'Magellan' (or Maggie as she prefers to be called) stumbling across an alien artifact. Examination of this artifact ...more
Dave McGraw
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It has been quite some time since I've struggled to put a book down. Gate Crashers was not just an entertaining, page-turning sci-fi adventure romp through the unknown, but it was quite literally, enchanting. The "science" part of the fiction was grounded in real-world theory, and the solutions to getting around the lightspeed barrier and all that other impossible-as-we-know-it-today stuff was clever and well done.

Patrick Tomlinson not only averted my "this is bullshit" sensors quite well, but
Fred Hughes
Jun 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sarcastic ramp through space with multiple aliens and lots of space battles. Relatable characters and a pedal to the metal story line there is adventure after adventure.

Lots of weird alien stuff and always the egotistical Captain at the helm.

Highly recommended. I'm going to see what else the Author has written
Oct 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Definitely hard scifi. But I found it enjoyable. The way it's written reminded me a lot of Douglas Adams's writing. Could it have been shorter? Yeah probably. But I still had a good time reading it and would recommend it to fans of Douglas Adams. ...more
Chris Panatier
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and I had a very lol-y time lolling it up. The Great Nerd War? Come on. I squirted pee at that one. Will read Tomlinson’s other stuff because I want to pee more. But seriously. Read this book.
Jun 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Come on, you'd read the book merely to hear more about Captain Maximus Tiberius as we all would.

Gate Crashers, humanity hasn't managed FTL for more than communications. We're toodle pipping about the galaxy using 0.5 C drives so you're looking at decades to centuries for round trips. Crews go into cyro while an AI generally keeps an eye on things. Till one day a particularly snarky AI finds an object sitting there in the middle of nowhere. In space things are always moving. This one wasn't. Look
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful space opera, with plenty of hard, real science and credible techno-wonders, characters of several species who range from really bright (Ridgeway is my favorite) to dumb as--I was going to say "rocks," but one of the alien species is actually silicon based--a bag of hammers, and a plot with plenty of suspense. Not to mention hilarious banter, some weird twists, and a LOT of 'Star Trek' in its DNA. There are some pretty big holes in said plot, but it's all so much fun that I didn't mind. ...more
Feb 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Humanity's slowly been moving out into the nearby stars, but when one of their ships stumbles upon an artifact, out in deep space, of clearly alien manufacture, it changes everything, leapfrogging their development quickly and getting the attention of the galactic community. Mostly, the best of the best are out there... but everybody can make mistakes.

I quite enjoyed the author's debut trilogy, and the description of this one interested me as well. Unfortunately, all in all, this one left me a
Tim Hicks
Jan 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read Peter Tillman's review. What he said.

Tomlinson says he was motivated to write this after being disappointed in the ending of Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. You can see traces of HHGG, and a tribute to Larry Niven, and some Pratchettian stuff, maybe some Harry Harrison, and many others.

The humour is woven in almost as a separate strand; if it were removed, the rest would be a mostly coherent story.

The Kzin-only-stupid Turemok are almost annoying, but D'Armic makes up for them.
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Patrick S. Tomlinson lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with his wife, a menagerie of houseplants in varying levels of health, a Mustang, and a Triumph motorcycle bought specifically to embarrass and infuriate Harley riders. When not writing sci-fi and fantasy novels and short stories, Patrick is busy developing his other passion for writing and performing stand-up comedy in the Madison, Milwaukee, and ...more

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