All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha WellsAll Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries

byMartha Wells

Paperback | May 2, 2017

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Winner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Winner: 2018 Locus Award
One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

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.

"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

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.

MARTHA WELLS has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads and ending with The Harbors of the Sun), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and non-fiction.
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Title:All Systems Red: The Murderbot DiariesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:160 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.36 inPublished:May 2, 2017Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0765397536

ISBN - 13:9780765397539

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotion Packed Novella The rush of emotion I felt from Murderbot completely surprised me! I just could not believe that I was so invested in a robots “life”. I think he’s my new best friend. Truly. I can see why she was awarded a Hugo for this series! I need my own murderbot!
Date published: 2018-09-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Despised it Writing: 2 simplistic but not flawed World building: 1 Cool stuff exists . . but I don't know anything else, nothing is explained fauna . . what? Is the MC an android or part human. I don't know. It has organic parts, which are what parts? How is it created? Humans and augmented humans. Again how? So company controls things? How? What is the government system? Character Development: 1 There was one passage where all the human were introduced (by temperament and relationships) and that was all. I couldn't keep them apart. The MC could rival Holden Caulfield in angst. He hates people for speaking him?? All we know about it is loves soap operas, only characteristic Enjoyment: 1 Most prominent view throughout was MAKE IT END! If this wasn't a novella I would have dnfed it
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review: All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1) by Martha Wells **Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy** ALL SYSTEMS RED is a fun read about a tv watching, awkward, security robot. When you call yourself Murderbot, it’s not surprising that you find it difficult to connect with humans. Murderbot is a Security Unit; it handles the security and guards the crew during missions. All units should have a governor chip that keeps them in line and forces them to follow orders. Murderbot disabled theirs. When they should be offline, Murderbot streams their favourite tv shows. The novel focuses on the investigation as machinery and other security units start breaking down on the planet. Areas of the map are missing and another group of scientists have gone radio silent. The intrigue and the investigation into the mechanical sabotage should have had a greater impact on the story. The plot kept twisting away from involving the Company which I never understood. When the saboteurs are revealed, there was no weight or emotion to it. Even though the novel is written in first person, there is never a complete sense of Murderbot. It’s explains that it has cloned human tissue and mechanical parts, but you never get a sense of what the unit looks like. Murderbot is uncomfortable with humans and emotions, prefering to keep their armor and helmet on or just facing away from the people they’re talking to. But as we learn more about Murderbot’s history, there’s not enough depth to connect with the emotions of the situations. This would be fine, if the novel didn’t want to have it both ways. With the one-off lines about clones, robot slavery, freed robots, and caretakers, it’s clear that there’s a much more interesting world just underneath the surface of the novel. I wish the plot and Murderbot had skimmed deeper. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment of The Murderbot Diaries and seeing if the worlding building expands to greater depths.
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sci Fi Novella I enjoyed this sci-fi novella about a security android who's apathetic about its job with a survey team. I'll be looking out for the future entries.
Date published: 2017-09-27

Editorial Reviews

"I love Murderbot!" -Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice"The Murderbot series is a heart-pounding thriller that never lets up, but it's also one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read. Come for the gunfights on other planets, but stay for the finely drawn portrait of a deadly robot whose smartass goodness will give you hope for the future of humanity." -Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous"Clever, inventive, brutal when it needs to be, and compassionate without ever being sentimental." -Kate Elliott, author of the Spirit Walker trilogy"Endearing, funny, action-packed, and murderous." -Kameron Hurley, author of The Stars are Legion"Not only a fun, fast-paced space-thriller, but also a sharp, sometimes moving character study that will resonate with introverts even if they're not lethal AI machines." -Malka Older, author of Infomocracy"Wells gives depth to a rousing but basically familiar action plot by turning it into the vehicle by which SecUnit engages with its own rigorously denied humanity." -Publishers Weekly starred review"I already can't wait for the next one." -The Verge"Meet your favorite depressed A.I. since Marvin." -B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog"A great kick-off for a continuing series." -Locus"Wells imbued Murderbot with extraordinary humanity, and while this is a fun read, don't make the mistake of thinking it's not a profound one."-LA TimesPRAISE FOR MARTHA WELLS"Martha Wells writes fantasy the way it was meant to be-poignant, evocative, and astonishing. Prepare to be captivated 'til the sun comes up." -Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire and God's War"The Cloud Roads has wildly original world-building, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It's that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn't go where ten thousand others have gone before. I can't wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!" -N. K. Jemisin, author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms"Breathtakingly surprising and fun. For readers who missed earlier entry points to this delightful series, now is the time to get on board." -The New York Times on The Edge of Worlds"That rarity-a completely unique and stunning fantasy world." -Hugo Award-winning author Elizabeth Bear on The Edge of Worlds