All Systems Red

All Systems Red

The Murderbot Diaries

Book - 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.
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780765397539
Characteristics: 152 pages ;,21 cm.

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SarahTink
Jul 02, 2019

Endearingly deadpan with just the right amounts of snark and heart, Murderbot is very compelling in their drive to do absolutely nothing (Okay, maybe protect their human clients). A fast, refreshing sci-fi read with a good balance of action and interior observation.

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johnulee
Jun 14, 2019

Great, well paced, quick read... don't know why it took previous reader so long... anyways, great continuation of the evolution of an un-governed 'robot'... cracks open a bit about what it might mean for people, other 'robots', society, etc... how will, believable story, nice world building, too. Keep them coming

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SusanJ_124
Jun 02, 2019

An intriguing, but still light read. I will look up the next one in the series to see how it goes.

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DLarryK
May 20, 2019

1 - in The Murderbot Diaries series
2 - Artificial Condition
3 - Rouge Protocol
4- Exit Strategy

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Apr 24, 2019

Murderbot really just wants to watch entertainment on its feeds...but the humans it serves are getting themselves into trouble and Murderbot has to intervene. A fun sci fi caper with some minor underlying thought-provoking content about robotics and free will...but, mostly, just good fun.

IndyPL_CarriG Apr 16, 2019

A quick, fun, and action-filled read about a self-aware robot who just wants to do its job in peace and go back to watching tv in its brain. Until I came here and looked at other comments, I had in my head that "Murderbot" (the robots name for itself) was female, and reading the other commenters got me confused. Then I realized that Wells did not assign any gender to the bot. It's fun to have our assumptions challenged! I'm just glad this time I assigned the character a female gender - when Scalzi did the same thing in Lock In I assumed the gender of the main character was male.

Read this if you are looking for something fast and absorbing - especially if you like to think about the debate over sentient robots and their rights and values, terraforming, and corporate intrigue. There are already several other novellas in the series and she shows no signs of slowing down.

VaughanPLErin Mar 03, 2019

An enjoyable novella with an intriguing concept and a well-paced action plot. Murderbot is a sentient robot that's more human than it cares to admit. It prefers to keep its helmet on because it finds eye contact painful, and prefers that nobody think of it as human. It desperately avoids human interaction, yet it's addicted to watching fictionalized human drama play out on a space soap-opera called Sanctuary Moon. This story explores questions of what it means to be human, and what it means to be free. It's the first in a 4-part series, so if you like it, be sure to check out the other ones too!

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jtorkilson
Jan 31, 2019

Murderbot Book 1

profdavis Jan 29, 2019

A science fiction adventure story narrated in first person by a security robot composed of a mix of combat robot and cloned human parts. The bot was always conscious but has attained a degree of free will by hacking its governor module which allows it to disregard orders. It has to keep this a secret because a combat bot that can ignore orders would be destroyed. The bot wants to do its job with the absolute minimum of human interaction. I suspect a lot of SF readers will find that very relatable.

OPL_ErinD Jan 13, 2019

Murderbot, a self-hacked security android working with a group of scientists on a remote planet, just wants to be left along to watch their favorite entertainment programming. But when another mission group goes quiet, the team heads out to determine what happened.

Murderbot is the misanthropic android you didn't know you needed in your life. This is a quick read for anyone who likes their science fiction with a hint of humor.

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