All Systems Red

All Systems Red

eBook - 2017
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A murderous android discovers itself in "All Systems Red", a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial intelligence. In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety. But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn't a primary concern. On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied 'droid -- a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as "Murderbot." Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is. But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.
Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765397522
Characteristics: text file,rda
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JohnK_KCMO Dec 29, 2017

Murderbot is one of the most delightful characters in current science fiction: a killing machine who tries to be a good person, who suffers from crippling social anxiety, a sarcastic misanthrope who really just wants to be left alone to watch TV. Wells uses this unique character to explore what it means to be human, an individual, the interplay of free will and compulsion. All in a 150 page action story. This is a fast, exciting, entertaining, and unexpectedly meaningful read.

Dec 02, 2017

Who doesn't love a socially awkward robot? Fantastic novella!

AL_BRIDGET Nov 15, 2017

Clever and funny, this might be a good choice for Mass Effect fans. The Murderbot is a delightful AI!

AL_MARINA Sep 18, 2017

Quick, enjoyable, and surprisingly subversive. The likable characters and thriller of a plot immediately drew me in.

fineplan Sep 14, 2017

It's easy to love Murderbot, who broke it's control chip so that it can... watch trashy tv shows and avoid the people it is assigned to. They, unfortunately, keep wanting to talk to it. Humanize it. Maybe become friends. Murderbot would rather take its social awkwardness off to a secluded corner. (and watch more bad tv) The humans keep almost dying, so Murderbot is forced to deal with them instead. (and not watch tv)

May 11, 2017

This was a new author for me and I thoroughly enjoyed this little gem. It popped up on my radar when a coworker handed it to me and said "this looks like something you'd read". I took it because I'm always on the look out for small books to read on the bus & completed it under a week's time.
We're plopped into a world we know nothing about, as our narrator is an unreliable "bot" who refers to itself as MurderBot. We only know what it knows and we learn right up front that this bot doesn't like people and doesn't care about them. All that changes once "it's humans" are on a different planet and being hunted by unknowns. Very fast-paced and full of action I recommend this book. It's the first in a series; which always makes me happy!


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