Alexander Lamb splits his time between writing science fiction, software engineering, teaching improvised theater, running business communication skills workshops, and conducting complex systems research. He currently lives in Princeton, NJ with his wife, Genevieve Graves, an astrophysicist also at the university there, and their three month old son.
British scientist Lamb's debut last year with 'Roboteer' was a striking one (and a book I was sad to have initially missed and not been unable to review in time). His follow-up is set in the same, complex SF universe where humans are augmented to be able to control spacecraft and mankind as we know it is riven by conflict between systems of belief and religion, only for the struggle to be turned upside down by the dfiscovery of alien technology, even though the actual aliens are nowhere to be found. The unstable truce of sorts arrived at at its conclusion is now about to unravel and interstellar war is soon to break out again with untold consequences that coulp wipe out the human race. The struggle is on to locate the aliens and find out their ultimate intentions. Space opera on the grandest of scales, with striking characters, undreamed of machinery, extraordinary powers and galactic landscapes make this another triumphant breakneck read that will stay in your mind for eons. SF with a glorious sense of wonder.
The Photurians - a hivemind of sentient AIs and machines - were awakened by humanity as part of a complex political trap. But they broke free, evolved, and now the human race is almost finished. Once we spanned dozens of star systems; now only four remain, and Earth is being evacuated. But the Photes can infect us, and among the thousands rescued from our home world may be enemy agents. Tiny colonies struggle to house the displaced. Our warships are failing. The end of humanity has come. But on a distant planet shielded from both humanity and the Photurians, one hope may still live. The only person who might be able to intervene. The roboteer. He is trapped in a hell of his own making, and does not know he is needed. And so a desperate rescue mission is begun. But can he be reached in time? Or will he be the last remnant of humanity in the universe?
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.