Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha WellsArtificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells

Artificial Condition: The Murderbot Diaries

byMartha Wells

Hardcover | May 8, 2018

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A USA Today bestseller

The "I love Murderbot!" -Ann Leckie

Artificial Condition is the follow-up to Martha Wells's Nebula Award-winning, New York Times bestselling All Systems Red

It has a dark past-one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot". But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks.

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 nonfiction.
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Title:Artificial Condition: The Murderbot DiariesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:160 pages, 8.19 × 5.72 × 0.67 inPublished:May 8, 2018Publisher:Tom Doherty AssociatesLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1250186927

ISBN - 13:9781250186928

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Review: Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries #2) by Martha Wells **Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy** In ARTIFICIAL CONDITION, it's hard out there for a Murderbot who just wants to catch up on tv shows and be left alone. Murderbot keeps making friends and allies no matter how much it tries to go solo. When we last left Murderbot, it ditched an opportunity to be contracted to the PreservationAux crew befriended in the previous novella. Murderbot wanted freedom and it's hard to be considered free if you're still legally owned by another person. Murderbot ends up working with a transport ship that's just as curious about television and humanity. The strange friendship that blossoms between Murderbot and the ship, ART (or 'Asshole Research Transport' if you're nasty), is absolutely endearing and carries ARTIFICIAL CONDITION. As much as Murderbot complains about the noisiness of the ship, it's clear that they rely on each other. To get access to a mining facility and to determine whether it was responsible for a massacre there, Murderbot has to work as a security consultant for three scientists looking to reclaim stolen data from a corporation. Obviously, everything is a trap and humans have far too much disregard for their personal safety. As a security consultant, Murderbot slips a little more toward humanity. It names itself. It wears civilian clothing rather than the power armour. It has to talk out it's plans rather than staring someone into submission. The three researchers were fairly nondescript and forgettable, only one of them plays a vital role in the end of the novella. I would have been happier if the novella just ditched the human characters once Murderbot got to the mining facility. ARTIFICIAL CONDITION wraps up storylines nicely but always seems to be missing the character work in its humans. The robots are so interesting and personable, while all the human characters feel like interchangeable scientists. I'm not sure it would have made any difference to the plot at all if the human sidekicks ended up being the same characters from the first novella. It also feels like Murderbot is just coasting through the whole novella, it doesn't need to try too hard to protect the scientists. The only time it gets into trouble is when the scientists completely ignore orders. Murderbot seems to hold different levels of respect for different types of robots, especially for ComfortUnits (or Sexbots as Murderbot calls them). By the end of the novella Murderbot has a little more empathy for ComfortUnits, but it doesn't feel like enough. The novella would have benefited from turning the ComfortUnit into a full side character. There's a lot of drama that can be mined from robots dealing with whether to prioritize their human owners or other robots. ARTIFICIAL CONDITION is a fun follow up to All Systems Red. Like any fun tv show, it's easily consumable if you don't go looking for too much depth.
Date published: 2018-06-13

Editorial Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE MURDERBOT DIARIES SERIES"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"A great kick-off for a continuing series." -LocusPRAISE 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 Fifth Season"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