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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries (The Murderbot Diaries, 1) 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.
"The Shadow Box " by Luanne Rice
The Amazon Charts bestselling author of Last Day delivers a haunting thriller about how far one wife is willing to go to expose the truth―and the lengths someone will go to stop her.| Learn more
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“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
"We are all a little bit Murderbot."―NPR
“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 Times
PRAISE 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
About the Author
- ASIN : 0765397536
- Publisher : Tordotcom (May 2, 2017)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9780765397539
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765397539
- Item Weight : 5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.08 x 0.45 x 8.11 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #15,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story is a biography of an Artificial Intelligence during one mission, and the humans, augmented humans, bots and other artificial intelligences he meets along the way. Good action scenes, good musings of the AI trying to understand the universe he lives in. 5 stars for the book, 3 for the marketing ploy.
All System Red, 156 pages $3.99
Artificial Condition, 160 pages $9.99
Rogue Protocol, 160 pages $9.99
Exit Strategy, 176 pages $9.99
However the larger problem is cost. It's $40 to read the 4 novellas. So yeah you're going to pay $40 for the functional equivalent of 1 complete story that was separated into 4 parts within 18 months of the first part. Objectively this is a poor attempt at a cash grab to ream readers pocket books. And people lament the death of the written word...
I have no problem supporting authors with paying for books. I do have a problem throwing money for installments that don't complete until you have paid your way through. This is the functional equivalent of Activision and EA charging money for content on video games that should have already been in the game. And it's not working out so well for them these days.
Don't support this business model.
$10 is way too much for what's essentially a short story.
Given the pacing of the publishing this is obviously a novel the author/publisher are squirting out bit by bit in the hope to drive up the prices or perhaps become a contender for "best novella" awards.
Well they drove something, me and my family away from this money-grabbing author/series. We'll either borrow it for free or just move on to better, more appropriately priced fiction.
Regarding the actual content it's OK not-great. So many holes in the story it's crazy making it hard to enjoy. .
The stories themselves start out ok. I actually enjoyed the first book, however, as you read through the series, they are variations of a theme and just occur on different planets/locations. Nothing new. Murderbot can hack just about any system, control whatever it wants to and get away with anything. It can beat combat bots and other secunits. After a while, it all just gets predictable and boring. So if you really want to jump in here, I recommend that you read the first book, if you must, and avoid the remaining three. Trust me, you will not be missing anything. Use the money that you saved to treat yourself to some better books by better authors.
At first, I thought "All Systems Red" was going to be a win. The voice from page 1 is just spot on. Murderbot is hilarious, and I laughed out loud multiple times. Sadly, though, that's where my enjoyment ended. There's no intriguing plot here, and every character except our faulty robot narrator is totally static and uninteresting.
I can see why a lot of people have enjoyed this novella. It's funny and fast-paced. But it also fell flat for me. I think I'm done with the Murderbt diaries.
The ending for this segment was a very good setup for more stories to come. I was a little apprehensive about the length of the story because I have been disappointed by short stories and novellas in the past because they never fully engaged my emotions. I didn't need to worry about that with this story by Martha Wells and I am definitely looking forward to reading the continuing adventures of this Imitative Human Bot Unit.
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Because as a series it is way too expensive. Each “book” is actually a novella. The first is arguably priced as one but subsequent 3 novellas are £6.80.
Firstly not labelling the books as novellaS is dishonest, and then to hike the price as the
Reader gets drawn into the story shows a real contempt for her customers.
All together the 4 novellas would made a good size novel so in effect you are paying £22 for one book.
The last in the series is a full length book and costs £11.
This has left such a bad taste in the mouth that I won’t be buying any of Martha Wells’ other novels.
I'd truly love to read more, but the price of continuing is more than anyone should really be willing to pay for any movella. I really hope this series isn't going to be the start of a trend, because paying upwards of £6 for a 150 pages story isn't something I'm willing to do. And that's a real shame.
was great, the only reason I have not given it 5 stars is that it is a light fluffy patisserie of a story and I tend to reserve 5 stars for more solid tomes that comment on great truths or introduce me to new ideas.
Sadly I won't be reading the next issues in the Murderbot Diaries series not because I dont want to but because unlike this first book i think they are outrageously expensive.
This book has very engaging character as protagonist who just happen to be an artificial life form; who unfortunately for him as to live in a society that doesn’t seem to be able to except; that if you can create intelligent, it will want the same rights as you: just not what you might want.
Murderbot is a very engaging protagonist, to be honest it seems more human than the humans; the fact he finds them difficult to talk too is one of highlights of the book.
I would also like to learn more about the society which the author has created and in which he has to find a place.
Unfortunately we now come to the one drawback to the series which will stop me reading more:the price.
The cost of this the first is exceptable (just) for its length in electronic form, but the next 3 books(more like instalments)are not.
Really these first 4 books would make one novel which in hardback form (I might once have been willing to pay),but for electronic.?
Having looked at the previews on Amazon the following episodes look good but I’m afraid at these prices I will not be reading at present,a shame really and I have therefore taken a star away.
Buy the first one on all accounts to get a good read, if not cheap, but the rest I at least will leave for now.
It seems like the author is trying too hard to write a genre that they're not fully familiar with.
The style is completely strange, like the baffling use of 'kilos' instead of 'clicks' or 'kilometers'. Does the author really think 'kilos' is a measure of length? (hint: it's a kilogram, a measure of mass)