All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries (Paperback)

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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries (Paperback)


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All System's Red (The Murderbot Diaries #1)
by Martha Wells

A cyborg rent-a-cop hacks its own control module to prevent itself from going on a killing rampage (again). Murderbot, as it takes to calling itself, is constantly paranoid of being found rogue and scrapped, so it continues to go through the motions as a cog in a galaxy-spanning corporate dystopia. It mostly uses its newfound autonomy to nurse a raging television addiction, resigned to dissociating its way through life. That is until it's assigned to a group of surveyors from some utopian system outside the Corporate Rim. These hippies can't wrap their heads around the mundane cruelties of life on a corporate world--the daily, deadly pitfalls of espionage, fraud, and systemic neglect all fueled by endless greed. It's hardly Murderbot's fault if they wind up dead, but it can't seem to help but play mother goose trying to keep them alive.

Light, but with multiple entries in the series it will feel like marathoning reruns of beloved sci-fi TV. I was remined of Neuromancer's hack-counterhack tech action, but upgraded and Wi-Fi enabled. Wells also pushes a welcome cultural updates to the milieu of cyberpunk SF (once saturated in exoticism and hypersexuality) by including a believably diverse human cast and playing with the identity of her protagonist in novel ways.

— From Quill

A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller
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 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 Murderbot Diaries
All Systems Red
Artificial Condition
Rogue Protocol
Exit Strategy
Network Effect
Fugitive Telemetry
System Collapse

MARTHA WELLS has written many novels, including the New York Times and USA Today-bestselling Murderbot Diaries series, which has won multiple Hugo, Nebula, Locus, and Alex Awards. Other titles include Witch King, City of Bones, 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.
Product Details ISBN: 9780765397539
ISBN-10: 0765397536
Publisher: Tordotcom
Publication Date: May 2nd, 2017
Pages: 160
Language: English
Series: The Murderbot Diaries

“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


“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