All Systems Red

All Systems Red

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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: 9780765397539
0765397536
Branch Call Number: SCIENCE FICTION Wells 2017
Characteristics: 152 pages ; 21 cm

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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 misanthrop... Read More »


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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.

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 23, 2018

Intriguing SF story, winner of the 2017 Nebula Award for Best Novella and the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella. The point-of-view character is a security android (combination of machine and human) who internally names himself “Murderbot.” Previously someone altered his programming and he killed a large number of humans. When he was being reprogrammed in order to put him back to work as a SecUnit, he discovered he could secretly block the programming and become autonomous. He doesn’t really know what to do with a sense of self, so he goes along with his next assignment, a boring planetary survey team. When the survey team discovers that someone is trying to kill them, Murderbot has to reveal his independence in order to give them the chance to survive.

The plot in this first book in the series is pretty average but later books are actually more exciting. (In order: *Artificial Condition*, *Rogue Protocol*, and *Exit Strategy.*) The focus in book one is on the android’s growing internal conflicts with his previous programming and his desire for independence. Unfortunately, the only models he has for human behavior and heroism are the cheaply-made space adventure videos he has been watching in his down time.

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elsiecope
Oct 16, 2018

My latest sci-fi series obsession. Thrilling action and thousands of hours of space travel sitcoms? Check. Sarcastic, depressed robot protagonist who is irritated by caring for humans? Check. Murderous robots and humans? Check. I only wish the books were longer!

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skyekilaen
Oct 13, 2018

A top notch scifi novel about a cynical, exasperated security robot that's disabled its own control software, loves to watch television series, and calls itself "Murderbot." Except that sounds like a comedy, and this is most certainly not. Murderbot is assigned to a scientific mission, exploring a new planet, that goes horribly wrong when one of its teams goes radio silent. All it wants, really, is to be left alone to watch its shows and come to terms with its identity, but in the end it can't ignore its feeling of responsibility towards its scientists.

The scientists, for their part, are somewhat startled to figure out that Murderbot has a personality. It's a lot to process while they're all busy investigating what the heck happened to the other team and then fighting for their lives. I thought the decisions made by the scientists and Murderbot near the end each made complete sense based on who they were, and the ending was a good jumping off point for the next book in the series, which I will absolutely be reading.

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