You had me at Murderbot

Martha Wells All Systems Red The Murderbot DiariesAll Systems Red (Book 1 of the Murderbot Diaries) by Martha Wells.

In a corporate-dominated space-faring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

Our hero is SecUnit, a security android that has hacked its own control module and gained sentience, and has decided to call itself Murder-bot for fun. Bored with the mind-numbing security detail for a routine geological survey, this cyborg half halfheartedly does its job, and just wants to get back to base so it can watch videos.

SecUnit/Murder-bot is an intelligent and compassionate being, with a healthy dose of social anxiety. It has reservations about its human companions, but still works to ensure their survival. Is whether SecUnit is merely a tool for the humans it serves, to be utilized and then cast aside, or a being worthy of the same dignity and respect as any other human?

A great start to what I hope will be a good, long series.

Find All Systems Red in the NEW SF section at WPPL.

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