All Systems Red
All Systems Red

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Series: Murderbot Diaries Vol. 1   

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Annotation: In this tense science fiction adventure that examines the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence, a murderous android discovers its true self when it must join forces with humans to solve a mystery on a space mission.
Catalog Number: #160070
Format: Perma-Bound Edition
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Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Pages: 152 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-7653-9753-6 Perma-Bound: 0-7804-1080-7
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-7653-9753-9 Perma-Bound: 978-0-7804-1080-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017486594
Dimensions: 20 cm.
Language: English
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Publishers Weekly
SecUnit, aka Murderbot, is a semiorganic corporate profit center, genderless and constructed of cheap parts to perform contract bodyguard services for clients who mostly don-t want them. SecUnit can choose its attitude because it has hacked its governor (a hat-tip to Susan R. Matthews), blocking the functions that would punish it for anything but robotic obedience. Disgusted by humans and secretly addicted to a video serial called Sanctuary Moon, SecUnit is simply enduring another assignment until something completely outside of its data parameters tries to kill its humans. Nebula finalist Wells (Edge of Worlds) 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. The creepy panopticon of SecUnit-s multiple interfaces allows a hybrid first-person/omniscient perspective that contextualizes its experience without ever giving center stage to the humans. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary. (May)

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Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+

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.


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