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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 least when this was on YouTubeThe 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 I enjoyed this book uite 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 fate of planets was hanging in the balance The deep space ship Magellan has an AI called Maggie who stays on alert while her crew of 157 peoplecicles continue their cryosleep rotations Maggie decided she must alert Captain Allison Ridgeway to the anomaly she has noticed Ahead of the Magellan is an object in space that isn t moving the readings would make you think it was a rock but how did it get there without moving at all Other members of the crew are awakened so the item can be observed The next decision begins a chain of events which leads to the destruction of planets the impending destruction of Earth and the interactions with multiple alien nationsThis book has just about every type of character you would want to meet in a slightly tongue in cheek science fiction novel In fact it would make a uite good television serial with the geeky science guy the ultra macho military guy
*The Strong But Reasonable *strong but reasonable captain of the exploration ship the good alien and the really bad aliens plus all the important supporting cast But there is actually some very good sounding science involved so it isn t all funny and light hearted My favorite novels are mysteries and thrillers but when the body count begins to get me down I want to spend time with something different For me fantasy or science fiction is what I reach for I m
Very Glad I Went glad I went science fiction this time because this novel gave me just the reading pleasure I was looking for 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 NightsIncidentally the Pb has about 400 pages my proof had 414 pages 45 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum 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 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 than a few genuine belly laughs from me and not a lot of books can do thatOur story begins with humanity s first extra solar mission 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 anyt. ,
Patrick S. Tomlinson ✓ 8 ReviewAway 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 begin with
and various featsvarious feats good old fashioned ingenuity and bravado the bad guys at bayWhat that means is the success or failure of Gate Crashers depends on how clever andor amusing the reader finds author Patrick S Tomlinson For me he was just clever andor amusing enough that I didn t regret the time spent reading the book but not clever andor amusing that I m going to get in line for his next oneBut off of his achievement with Gate Crashers there should be a next book and with just a little improvement Tomlinson could become a lighthearted voice worth listening to in a field in desperate need of less dark and a lot fun 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 breaking point But hey The author has read the classics and steals from the best A real plot with some actual interest starts to emerge There s a Galactic Assembly out there and the police forcearmy a particularly bellicose race called the Turemok are not welcoming the humans But those plucky humans have a few things to show those proud Galactics Stop me if you ve seen this stuff before but the book has a clunky charm that won me over 35 stars rounded upSome highlights Tiberius Maximus Captain of Earth s first interstellar warship who we first meet at the Captain s Mast bar in DC with a girl under each armRoswell NM 1947 it turns out that an alien intern borrowed his boss s saucer to impress his date and managed to run it into a weather balloonAnd the windup scene with the Fate of Earth in the Balance ends with a splendid 324 terawatt Bite into the Bad Guys Pow If you re into stuff like this you can read the full reviewuantum Entanglement Radio Gate Crashers by Patrick S TomlinsonThe uantum 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 collouialism The ER operated through the principle of uantum entanglement At the core of each set of devices sat a pair of neutrons Once entangled these neutrons precisely imitated each other s behavior instantly and over any distance as if by magic which if you re honest is all uantum mechanics is minus the hats rabbits and bisected lovely assistants but only because these THINGS DON T EXIST AT SUBATOMIC don t exist at subatomic The rest of the device was comprised of an impossibly small gravitational manipulator that controlled the spin directions and speed of the particle and very sensitive Heisenberg detectors to record the reply These functioned by surreptitiously observing the entangled particle from behind a nanoscale newspaper and dark sunglasses so as not to arouse suspicion In Gate Crashers by Patrick S Tomlinson. Hnological golden ageLittle does everyone involved now that the bumbling of a few highly evolved apes in space hasn’t gone unnoticed and humanity has put itself on a collision course with a far wider and potentially hostile galaxyBecause in space no one can see you screw. .
Board the space exploration starship Magellan the most advanced vessel of her ind Carrying a crew in suspended animation the ship AI affectionately nicknamed Maggie notices an anomaly on her sensors and wakes Captain Ridgeway from her stasis to inform her of the discovery The anomaly turns out to be of alien origin and Ridgeway deeming this evidence of intelligent extraterrestrial life too important to ignore decides to load the artifact on board and report the find to Earth Meanwhile back at home researchers politicians and the media are working themselves into a froth trying to understand and reconstruct the alien technologyEventually the mysteries of the alien artifact are unlocked changing the trajectory of human space travel and exploration forever Within a relatively short time a powerful warship designed and built with a shiny New Hyperspace Drive Joins The Magellan In hyperspace drive joins the Magellan in space captained by the chauvinistic cocky and supremely vain Maximus Tiberius with the inspiration for his character being immediately obvious But humankind s sudden leap forward in technology and nowledge has not gone unnoticed It appears that Earth has upset the original creators of the alien artifact who have been tracking Maggie s movements ever since their property was stolen The even greater threat however is a aggressive alien species called the Turemok who sees humanity s first awkward baby steps at faster than light travel as an opportunity to "frame Earth and start a galaxy wide warGate Crashers fully delivers on the promise of an entertaining " Earth and start a galaxy wide warGate Crashers fully delivers on the promise of an entertaining adventurous romp through space My past experiences with books that have touted something similar such as Steven Erikson s Willful Child Joe Zieja s Mechanical Failure or Catherynne M Valente s Space Opera have mostly been enjoyable but in my eyes they all My original GATE CRASHERS audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook ReviewerFirst contact scenarios are a common enough trope in science fiction but Patrick S Tomlinson manages to inject a bit of freshness an 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 13 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 marriageMr Dr Science finished it and found it adeuately amusing in a Douglas Adams Russian Winter kind of way and he doesn t care for Adams all that much 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 foreverI 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 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 readThe plot is simple Spacefaring humans come across an alien artifact and haul it. Hing back homeMeanwhile at mission control the governments struggle to maintain the existence of aliens a secret while also combating bureaucracy the military industrial complex and everyone else who wants a piece of the science that could sky rocket a species into a new tec.