All Systems Red by Martha Wells

All Systems Red

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that blends HBO's Westworld with Iain M. Banks' Culture books.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.Bu...

Title:All Systems Red
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ISBN:0765397528
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:144 pages

All Systems Red Reviews

  • M.
    Jan 11, 2017

    Between 4 and 5 stars

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  • Sana
    Jan 30, 2017

    Murderbot's priorities are on my level: watching entertainment feeds > killing humans, anxious and awkward as hell and prefers to be left alone and not interact with any humans ever more than anything else. What's more, the plot is very entertaining and I ABSOLUTELY LOVED THIS.

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  • j
    Mar 04, 2017

    Snarky robots are like catnip to me. Turns out Martha Wells is pretty funny.

  • Andrea
    May 06, 2017

    I enjoyed this a lot. It's a brief, consistently entertaining story from the POV of an android who just wants to keep its head down and watch tv between stints of getting shot at.

    I didn't know it was a novella, going in, and was disappointed at the brevity, but the story is complete in itself, while being the beginning of more.

    Recommended.

  • Jason
    May 07, 2017

    5 Stars

    All Systems Red by Martha Wells is A science-fiction novella made for my tastes. The murderbot Diaries is A new series that centers on a robot hacks her own governor thereby making her nearly a person. Murderbot really does not like interacting with people and would rather be on her own. She really doesn't take her job seriously and is quite sarcastic. Bad things have happened and people were killed as a result of her. This is a short adventure, mystery on an unnamed planet.

    As with all

    5 Stars

    All Systems Red by Martha Wells is A science-fiction novella made for my tastes. The murderbot Diaries is A new series that centers on a robot hacks her own governor thereby making her nearly a person. Murderbot really does not like interacting with people and would rather be on her own. She really doesn't take her job seriously and is quite sarcastic. Bad things have happened and people were killed as a result of her. This is a short adventure, mystery on an unnamed planet.

    As with all Wells novels this is a fast-paced well written story that keeps you on the edge of your seat. The survey team comes under attack, people are killed, an unknown adversary. The story works as we get to learn more about our nonhuman protagonist. I really like this book and wish it was a full length novel. I am a huge fan of Martha Wells and can't wait to read more from this.

  • sage
    May 25, 2017

    1. Has anyone optioned this for a TV series yet? Because that is a thing that needs to happen.

    2. Murderbot is amazing.

    3. Team PreservationAux is amazing.

    4. This is exactly the asexual counterpart to Westworld we needed.

    5. No really. Option this. I want a whole freaking Murderbot FRANCHISE. Cannot wait for book 2.

  • K.J. Charles
    Jun 05, 2017

    Magnificent. Tor.com continue to rock it with this fantastic tale of a self-hacked cyborg security unit with a gloriously bad attitude. It just wants to sit there downloading soaps but HEY HO SABOTAGE, PEOPLE TO SAVE, PEOPLE TO KILL.

    Terrific writing, lovely characterisation, very funny, and there will be more! Consider me glued.

  • Silvana
    Jun 23, 2017

    What a fun SF novel. I bought this totally on a whim a few days when it's on sale (and it's still does, for $3.39 only!) since the synopsis and the reviews look promising. Different with other books languishing in my TBR shelf, I decided to read it right away (a record!) since the Kindle sample grabbed my attention. It was so funny, if you like dry humour. The snarky, TV-series-bingewatcher 'SecUnit construct' with a penchant of saving its 'humans' because it actually cared. Well, just a bit. No

    What a fun SF novel. I bought this totally on a whim a few days when it's on sale (and it's still does, for $3.39 only!) since the synopsis and the reviews look promising. Different with other books languishing in my TBR shelf, I decided to read it right away (a record!) since the Kindle sample grabbed my attention. It was so funny, if you like dry humour. The snarky, TV-series-bingewatcher 'SecUnit construct' with a penchant of saving its 'humans' because it actually cared. Well, just a bit. Not too much, since it did not even care who they were, or barely read his clients' personnel files (because it needed the storage space for its series collection LOL). Of course, the Murderbot - as it preferred to call itself - had some other motives for its actions. Still very rational and it knew what it wanted. It is not a lovey dovey relationship with the humans, it even tried really hard not to communicate too much. As an introvert myself, I definitely symphatize with the bot. I too need time to recharge and be alone whenever I have had too many human interaction. And I too, obviously, am crazy about TV series. So, there you go. I have not read too many SF with a POV from a robot so this one is definitely memorable.

    All in all, the novella is sharp, action-packed, has straightforward plot (because why not), no useless space for unnecessary world building, and of course, the characterization of the slightly depressed bot is marvelous - if you like Marvin from the Hitchhiker's novels, you'll like Murderbot. Kate Elliot mentioned in her blurb that All Systems Red is "clever, inventive, brutal when it needs to be, and compassionate without ever being sentimental." I could not agree more.


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