The Hunter

A Scientific Novel

  • Giancarlo Genta

Part of the Science and Fiction book series (SCIFICT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VII
  2. The Novel

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Giancarlo Genta
      Pages 3-110
  3. The Science Behind the Fiction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111

About this book


The 24th century: humankind has become a spacefaring civilization, colonizing the solar system and beyond. While no alien forms of life have yet been encountered in this expansion into space, colonists suddenly encounter machines of alien origin - huge robots able to reproduce themselves.  Called replicators by the colonists, they seem to have but a single goal: to destroy all organic life they come in contact with.

Since the colonial governments have no means to fight this menace directly, they instead promise huge rewards to whoever destroys a replicator. As a result, the frontier attracts a new kind of adventurers, the Hunters, who work to find and destroy the replicators. Mike Edwards, a skilled young maintenance technician and robotics expert at a faraway outpost, will not only become one of them - but be the very first one to unlock the secret behind the replicators’ origin and mission.
The scientific and technical aspects underlying the plot - in particular space travel, robotics and self-replicating spacecraft - are introduced and discussed by the author in an extensive non-technical appendix.

An expert in space flight technology, with a special interest in space robotics and advanced space propulsion,  Giancarlo Genta is a professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering of the Politecnico di Torino, in Turin, Italy. He is also director of the Italian SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) study center and is a full member of the International Academy of Astronautics. He has written more than 300 scientific papers and 11 scientific books.  Among his popular science books are Space: The Final Frontier?, published by Cambridge University Press in 2002, and Lonely Minds in the Universe - The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence, published by Springer-Copernicus in June 2007. The Hunter, already published in Italian and Ukrainian, is his first novel.


Killer Robots in Space Robot Consciousness Robotic Artificial Intelligence Science and Fiction Springer Series Self-replicating Machines Space Colonization Spacefaring Civilization Von Neumann Probes

Authors and affiliations

  • Giancarlo Genta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MechanicsPolitecnico (Technical University) di TorinoTorinoItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Physics and Astronomy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-02059-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-02060-0
  • Series Print ISSN 2197-1188
  • Series Online ISSN 2197-1196
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