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.
Lamb makes a high-powered debut with this space thriller, which is jam-packed with mysterious and manipulative aliens, starship battles, and humans on both sides of an ideological war who are thirsty for knowledge and a better world. Will Konu-Monet is a roboteer modified at birth to interface with the machines used to assist and maintain the infrastructure of his home world with dreams of becoming a starship captain. He fills a critical role in the fleet defending against the Earthers' holy crusade. But the Earthers have a secret weapon, devastating technology given to them by an alien relic. When Will gets his ship, he must prove his value to his crew as they go on a critical espionage mission, looking for a way to defend against the new weapon. What they find instead could change the fate of his entire species. The tale is quick-paced and excitingly twisty; readers will likely forgive some weak prose and over-reliance on summary. Lamb sets high expectations for the rest of the trilogy.