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 isnt 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....
|Title||:||All Systems Red|
|Number of Pages||:||144 pages|
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All Systems Red Reviews
"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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
*Edited to add*
I met Martha Wells today!!
I'm on the left. Yes, my hair is lavender.
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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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
”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.”
He is an android SecUnit assigned to a group of scientists who are ...more