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All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1)

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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, s
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Paperback, 149 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Tor.com / Tom Doherty Associates
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Carol.
Sep 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella, sci-fi
"Confession time: I don't actually know where we are.... I hadn't looked at the maps yet and I'd barely looked at the survey package. In my defense, we'd been here twenty-two planetary days and I hadn't had to do anything but stand around watching humans make scans or take samples of dirt, rocks, water, and leaves. The sense of urgency just wasn't there. Also, you may have noticed, I don't care."

I can relate to Murderbot, the misanthropic construct who is contracted to provide security detail fo
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Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
(4.25) I related to Murderbot a bit too much…

Murderbot is a half robot, half human construct who’s job is to be a security guard to protect some humans while they do their research on a planet.

Thing is, Murderbot doesn’t really like humans and would rather watch entertainment videos all day.

Fun novella, I just want moooore!
Bradley
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-shelf, sci-fi
When I heard the premise I expected a light robot killer story from the PoV from the robot. Probably a PI mystery kind of thing because that seems to be pretty hot right now. I can rattle off a handful of titles like this right now.

So. What did I get? A fun and light robot murderer who hacks herself to have free will and she stops murdering to watch SF sitcoms instead. :)

Honestly, that's pretty cool. Yeah, her official bruiser job is still there but her mechanical heart isn't really into it. Who
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

The narrator of All Systems Red, a 2017 Nebula award-nominated novella by Martha Wells, is a once-nameless cyborg security unit or SecUnit that has given itself the name Murderbot (for reasons disclosed midway through the story). Using its own unprecedented and highly unauthorized initiative, Murderbot has hacked the governor module software that controls its actions and obligates it to be obedient. But instead of going on a killing spree, as one might e
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Jeffrey Keeten
May 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
”I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites. It was well over 35,000 hour or so since then, with still not much murdering, but probably, I don’t know, a little under 35,000 hours of movies, serials, books, plays, and music consumed. As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.”

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He is an android SecUnit assigned to a group of scientists who are
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Karl
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Entry #1

I will be starting to read this book in a few hours. I just found out that Ms. Wells has sold a total of four (count em (4)) novellas in the Murderbot series with the second titled "Artificial Condition" (16.99 for a hardcover and 9.99 for the kindle) to appear somewhere near the beginning of 2018 and upon a bit of research found the the book here at GR ->

http://alexlikesdesign.com/book/show/3...?

Book 3 is scheduled to be a hardcover titled "Rogue Protocol" (The Murderbot Diaries #3)
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Elise (TheBookishActress)
“I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites. It had been well over 35,000 hours or so since then, with still not much murdering, but probably, I don't know, a little under 35,00 hours of movies, serials, books, plays, and music consumed. As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.”

These novellas are a story of what it means to be human, and
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Philip
3ish stars.

Some heavy themes wrapped up in what is otherwise a relatively fluffy novella. The plot's straight-forward, the prose is decent, but it's charming and witty. Murderbot, who repeatedly says that she'd rather be netflixing, is surprisingly relatable. One of my favorite parts is when Murderbot is faced with the prospect of spending time with people and is (understandably) horrified. She can't control her facial reaction which in turn makes the human crew she's assigned to uncomfortable t
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Jilly
May 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, novella
*Edited to add*
I met Martha Wells today!!

I'm on the left. Yes, my hair is lavender.
I am finally starting a blog. It is about time, yeah? Only a thousand reviews to add onto that site. www.jillyshmilly.blogspot.com

This book takes several pages to get acclimated, and also to get some understanding of our narrator. He (I'm using "he" although Murderbot doesn't have a gender) is part human/part robot and is really very much like April Ludgate on Parks and Rec, or maybe a honey badger, because Murde
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Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
The Murderbot novella series had crossed my path a time or two before I finally picked it up, but it was the glowing recommendation from my book buddy TS & the convenient timing of an Audible Daily Deal that pushed my curiosity over the edge!

This was such an adorable story, which is ironic since the name of the series is Murderbot. But despite Murderbot's name for itself, it's actually a rather hilarious & relatable individual.

Being deeply invested in downloaded media & characteriz
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Hannah
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I had so much fun reading this short little novella. I needed something quick and easy to read after Leviathan Wakes, and this just fit the bill. It is snarky and witty and surprisingly well-rounded.

Our main character and point of view is Murderbot, as it likes to call itself. It is working security for a group of explorers when things start to go sideways. Murderbot is the clear focus of this book and rightfully so: it is hilarious in its pessimism and sympathetic in its apathy. Its arc was (mo
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Trish
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a novella nominated for several awards and I know why.

In this story, a security robot breaks its own company protocol, freeing itself from any restraints, thus allowing its personality to unfold. Through the eyes of "Murderbot" (she's named herself that way), we experience what it is like to work with and for humans, that humans come in all forms (good and bad and everything in between), what the company creating these robots programs them to do (and what not) - and, ultimately, we lear
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Gavin
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.

That was the hook that drew me to Martha Wells's fantastic sci-fi novella All Systems Red. It was everything an AI sci-fi story should be and then some! It was thought provoking but also entertaining and engaging.

In a future dominated by big corporations any new planetary exploratory teams need to be accompanied by a Company owned SecUnit android. Ostensibly this is to keep them safe but it also helps the Company monitor what the teams are
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Miriam
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murderbot doesn't want to murder anyone.

Murderbot just wants to be free.

Free to binge-watch soap operas.

Is that too much to ask?
K.J. Charles
Magnificent. Tor.com continue to rock it with this fantastic tale of a self-hacked cyborg security unit with a gloriously bad attitude. It just wants to sit there downloading soaps but HEY HO SABOTAGE, PEOPLE TO SAVE, PEOPLE TO KILL.

Terrific writing, lovely characterisation, very funny, and there will be more! Consider me glued.
Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
I had heard all sorts of wonderful things about All Systems Red before I picked it up (I have a lot of Goodreads friends who know their stuff when it comes to sci-fi! Yes, I'm looking at you, Caro M.) Now I trust their recommendations even more, because this book is easily my best February read. You can read the post with better formatting here on my blog.

5 Reasons To Read All Systems Red

"Murderbot" is a jailbroken security android (cyborg? Well, you know.) Basically, SecUnits (as they're call
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Gary
Dec 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Featured in my rundown of the best short SFF for Spring 2017: http://1000yearplan.com/2017/12/13/l...

The difficulty of reconciling one’s private self with one’s public façade produces a multitude of anxieties that manifest in different ways. For the self-styled Murderbot of Martha Wells "All Systems Red", a SecUnit (security robot) who lacks the full autonomy the privileged class (in this case, humans) enjoy, the coveting of its private self is not just a way to stay sane, but a way to remain a
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Emma
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“You may have noticed that when I do manage to care, I’m a pessimist.”

What a fantastic novella! I’ve had Martha Wells on my tbr list for a long time and even downloaded one of her fantasy novels but have never felt like reading it. The other day this came to my attention and thought maybe it would serve as an access story.
Murderbot is a Secbot, designed to guard and protect clients on missions. Murderbot has a great personality and loves downloading soaps and other entertainment to keep itself
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Rachel (Kalanadi)
Maybe 4.5* but I had to bump it to 5* because I was just so happy while reading it.

2nd read: Loved it just as much the second time round!
Lindsay
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is at least as good as most of the reviews are saying, and it's an excellent example of what can be done with a simple plot and fantastic characters at the novella length.

The story is told from the point of view of a rogue biomechanical security construct that calls itself murderbot. With its governor not working there's nothing stopping it from killing everyone in the planetary survey crew it works for. Well, other than it quite likes them and it likes being useful and having down time to
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Kaitlin
Murderbot is a part robot, part human construct designed to function as Security for humans. They are a bit different from most of the Company SepcUnits becuase they have modified themselves to take out the control that the Company and the humans have over them, but they know that this is incredibly dangerous for them and so they have to keep this hidden and just pretend to still be functioning as they should.

I really liked the character of Murderbot as it's really quite a grump when it comes to
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Basia
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First review of 2018!! Happy New Year!

So this little story, what a WINNER!! I fell in love with the Murderbot SecUnit the 2nd time I sat down to read the tale. I finished it in just 3 short bursts.

He comes across as so wonderfully detached and such a perfect misanthrope, that he felt wonderfully human to me. Yet with that brilliant edge, one that made this whole story so much fun to read.

Cannot wait for the next installments from Wells! Hope you all get to read this novella.
Have a wonderful n
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j
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
Snarky robots are like catnip to me. Turns out Martha Wells is pretty funny.
Char
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5/5 stars!

The world-building in this novella was good and I liked the murderbot's conflicted feelings about himself and "his humans." At times, though, I felt that the book was trying too hard with the quips and it felt a little forced. I will most likely continue with this series.

*Thanks to Tor's e-book club for the free download of this story.*
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Murderbot might be my spirit animal.

I loved this novella. It had a fun plot and, more importantly, it had a killer main character (pun intended) who will speak to your inner introvert like no other. And it was funny. I wasn’t expecting to laugh so much at a SecUnit POV, but the situational humor and dialogue delighted me at every turn. Good humor will spark a higher rating in me every time, and it almost feels like a bonus that everything else was so good too. Overall, All Systems Red had all th
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I must say, for a story subtitled The Murderbot Diaries, there was an appalling lack of murder and mayhem contained within these pages—well, at least by the hand of the so-called Murderbot. And that’s a shame because what reason other than to bathe in the glorious carnage would a reader select a title like this . . . ?

Murderbot, as it dubs itself, is assigned to the security detail of a scientific expedition on an alien world. Its main roles are to protect the scientists from unknown alien thre
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TS Chan
Apr 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The introduction to The Murderbot Diaries is simply great fun! A refreshing and diverting sci-fi novella with wide appeal, it is a marvellous package of wry humour, suspense and a healthy dose of compassion.

As much as I love science fiction, I don't consider myself as a hardcore reader of the genre, and there are a lot of popular series or "required reading" which I have yet to catch-up on. In this respect, I find this book to be original; it is not a space opera, cyberpunk and it is not about a
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HBalikov
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you remember Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot?
No, not the movie with Wil Smith…that basically borrowed the name but little else. The book was a collection of stories that explored humankind’s future with robots. The key robot was R. Daneel Olivaw.

You may recall the three laws of Robotics:
1) A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
2) A robot must obey orders given to it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
3) A
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Mimi
Between 4 and 5 stars

RTC

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Release date set for May 2.

You can see the cover reveal and read an except at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/blog/sc...

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If you've just found Martha Wells and want to read more of her work but don't know where to start, Tor.com has a great blog post that details her whole body of work over the years: http://www.tor.com/2018/04/16/where-...
sage
1. Has anyone optioned this for a TV series yet? Because that is a thing that needs to happen.

2. Murderbot is amazing.

3. Team PreservationAux is amazing.

4. This is exactly the asexual counterpart to Westworld we needed.

5. No really. Option this. I want a whole freaking Murderbot FRANCHISE. Cannot wait for book 2.
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Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including the Hugo-nominated The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novels are The Edge of Worlds in 2016 and The Harbors of ...more
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Other books in the series

The Murderbot Diaries (4 books)
  • Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)
  • Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)
  • Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
“I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites. It had been well over 35,000 hours or so since then, with still not much murdering, but probably, I don't know, a little under 35,00 hours of movies, serials, books, plays, and music consumed. As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.” 18 likes
“They were all so nice and it was just excruciating. I was never taking off the helmet again. I can't do even the half-assed version of this stupid job if I have to talk to humans.” 12 likes
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