New from Gollancz – Roboteer by Alex Lamb

Posted: May 29, 2015 in Press release
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Alex Lamb sounds like a guy with a lot on his plate. Part of it is writing sci-fi; the other part is being a Research Scholar at Princeton University specialising in AI and robotics. Blend them together and you have an interesting premise for a novel: Roboteer.

Straight from the press release: “From computer scientist Alex Lamb comes a unique thought-provoking debut novel that asks a single big question: how do we, as a species, survive the impact of our own intelligence?”

And if you needed more to peak your interest before the release in July, here’s the blurb…

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.

The Earthers have deployed a devastating new weapon. Only one outworlder ship can be spared to investigate this new threat. And on board, his mind linked to the ship’s drones and weaponry, is their brand new Roboteer.

All I can add is a ‘hell,yes!’


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