All Systems Red
Books | Fiction / Science Fiction / Action & Adventure
A New York Times and USA Today BestsellerWinner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best NovellaWinner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best NovellaWinner: 2018 Alex AwardWinner: 2018 Locus AwardOne of the Verge's Best Books of 2017A 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 DiariesAll Systems RedArtificial ConditionRogue ProtocolExit StrategyNetwork EffectFugitive TelemetrySystem CollapseAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.
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"An intriguing POV, a security unit — an android, I reckon — travels with human beings to explore and colonize other planets and is programmed to murder either the team he’s with or intruders. The first-person voice of the SecUnit is funny and sarcastic. Some parts of the story went flat, others were confusing, but the murderbot is a cool way to tell this science fiction story. (Note, after two years in the pandemic, I sympathize with the SecUnit’s appetite for episodic streaming shows, which he watches when his human colleagues think he’s idling or watching security records.)"
"Short & sweet. I listened to the dramatized adaptation on Audible. Straightforward science fiction story. My only complaint would be it’s not long enough. As soon as you’re invested in the story it’s over. I suppose it’s a good book or series to sprinkle in between the long space odyssey’s I find myself reading as of late. I’m very interested in finding out more about the ole murder bot and to see what adventures and shenanigans he gets into next. "
"Words cannot express how much I love this series. Mostly because even after reading it at least four times, once i start reading All Systems Red, my brain immediately becomes incapable of eloquent descriptions and just defaults to a haze of hearts and starry-eyed happiness and doesn’t really re-emerge until I finished the latest available book in the series."