All Systems Red

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Tom Doherty Associates, May 2, 2017 - Fiction - 144 pages
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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.

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User Review  - vanderschloot - LibraryThing

This was SUCH a great read. My only complaint is that it was too short, being less than 150 pages. It was such fun: very well-paced, exciting, and funny. The narrator is a sentient bot who is a very ... Read full review

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User Review  - Herenya - LibraryThing

All Systems Red is told from the perspective of the Security bot assigned to a scientific team surveying an uninhabited planet. I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module ... Read full review

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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 non-fiction.

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