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, shad...
|Title||:||All Systems Red|
|Number of Pages||:||144 pages|
All Systems Red Reviews
“You may have noticed that when I do manage to care, I’m a pessimist.”
What a fantastic novella! I’ve had Martha Wells on my tbr list for a long time and even downloaded one of her fantasy novels but have never felt like reading it. The other day this came to my attention and thought maybe it would serve as an access story.
Murderbot is a Secbot, designed to guard and protect clients on missions. Murderbot has a great personality and loves downloading soaps and other entertainment to keep itself ...more
Maybe 4.5* but I had to bump it to 5* because I was just so happy while reading it.
2nd read: Loved it just as much the second time round!
This is at least as good as most of the reviews are saying, and it's an excellent example of what can be done with a simple plot and fantastic characters at the novella length.
The story is told from the point of view of a rogue biomechanical security construct that calls itself murderbot. With its governor not working there's nothing stopping it from killing everyone in the planetary survey crew it works for. Well, other than it quite likes them and it likes being useful and having down time to ...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
Ok, I read (listened) to this one way back in May. I put off reviewing it because I had really mixed feelings. But now I've put it off for so long I don't really remember what those feelings were.
Things I remember liking:
*Murderbot's apathy about everything except watching videos (I like me some tv too!)
*Murderbot's niggling conscience that wouldn't stay tamped down no matter how hard Murderbot tried
Things I was conflicted about:
I went into this book thinking Murderbot was fem...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
Magnificent. Tor.com continue to rock it with this fantastic tale of a self-hacked cyborg security unit with a gloriously bad attitude. It just wants to sit there downloading soaps but HEY HO SABOTAGE, PEOPLE TO SAVE, PEOPLE TO KILL.
Terrific writing, lovely characterisation, very funny, and there will be more! Consider me glued.
”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