Sunday, April 10, 2022

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

All Systems Red (2017) by Martha Wells is the story of a security bot (a murderbot, in this case) who is hired to protect some scientific explorers on an early expedition to a new planet. The conspiracies multiply: is the (cheap, corner-cutting) corporation behind the sabotages and attacks on them?  Or is it a competitive expedition?  Or something even more subversive? It's a moderately engaging tale, though I wouldn't have suspected it capable of winning (as it did) a Nebula Award for Best Novella.  It's also the first of several related novellas that comprise The Murderbot Diaries. While I enjoyed this first one, I don't feel at all compelled to continue the series. Too many other things to read that look more enticing.

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