This is book number 1 in the The Murderbot Diaries series.
This first novella in the Murderbot Diaries deals with the idea of what does it mean to be human and what does it mean to be a robot. It asks can a robot be “human” or at least human-like? Can one make that choice themselves or must someone or something validate them/make them “legitimate”? We follow the self-named "Murderbot" as they maneuver the world of humans on a space expedition. This relatable character (all they want to do is rejuvenate in their bunk, stay away from humans, and watch their shows) finds its way into our hearts as we too try and understand what does the word "humanity" really mean and how far can we go before we lose any sense of it?— Jeanette
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.
“I love Murderbot!” —Ann Leckie, author of Ancillary Justice
"The Murderbot series is a heart-pounding thriller that never lets up, but it's also one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read. Come for the gunfights on other planets, but stay for the finely drawn portrait of a deadly robot whose smartass goodness will give you hope for the future of humanity." —Annalee Newitz, author of Autonomous
“Clever, inventive, brutal when it needs to be, and compassionate without ever being sentimental.” —Kate Elliott, author of the Spirit Walker trilogy
“Endearing, funny, action-packed, and murderous.” —Kameron Hurley, author of The Stars are Legion
“Not only a fun, fast-paced space-thriller, but also a sharp, sometimes moving character study that will resonate with introverts even if they're not lethal AI machines.” —Malka Older, author of Infomocracy
"We are all a little bit Murderbot."—NPR
“Wells 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.” —Publishers Weekly starred review
“I already can’t wait for the next one.” —The Verge
“Meet your favorite depressed A.I. since Marvin.” —B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog
“A great kick-off for a continuing series.” —Locus
"Wells imbued Murderbot with extraordinary humanity, and while this is a fun read, don’t make the mistake of thinking it’s not a profound one."—LA Times
PRAISE FOR MARTHA WELLS
“Martha Wells writes fantasy the way it was meant to be—poignant, evocative, and astonishing. Prepare to be captivated 'til the sun comes up.” —Kameron Hurley, author of The Mirror Empire and God's War
“The Cloud Roads has wildly original world-building, diverse and engaging characters, and a thrilling adventure plot. It’s that rarest of fantasies: fresh and surprising, with a story that doesn’t go where ten thousand others have gone before. I can’t wait for my next chance to visit the Three Worlds!” —N. K. Jemisin, author of The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms
"Breathtakingly surprising and fun. For readers who missed earlier entry points to this delightful series, now is the time to get on board." —The New York Times on The Edge of Worlds
"That rarity—a completely unique and stunning fantasy world." —Hugo Award-winning author Elizabeth Bear on The Edge of Worlds