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Author: Martha Wells Narrator: Kevin R. Free Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Murderbot Diaries Series Release Date: January 2018 ISBN: 9781501977824
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All Systems Red is the tense first science fiction adventure novella in Martha Wells’ series the Murderbot Diaries. For fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie’s Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks’ Culture novels.

All Systems Red tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. The main character is a deadly security droid that has bucked its restrictive programming and is balanced between contemplative self-discovery and an idle instinct to kill all humans.

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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Quotes & Awards

  • “A cranky robot with a heart (er, OS?) of gold. There’s a distant planet, a group of scientists, and a slightly anti-social droid that hacks itself to go against its more sinister programming. The best thing about my new best friend Murderbot? There are two more books in the works due out this year. Sci-fi sigh.”

    BookRiot

  • “Meet your favorite depressed A. I. since Marvin.”

    B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog

  • “A great kick-off for a continuing series.”

    Locus

  • “I already can’t wait for the next one.”

    Verge

  • “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)

  • A BookRiot Pick of Books to Read If You Miss Doctor Who
  • A Verge Pick of Best Books of 2017

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About the Author

Martha Wells is the author of a number of fantasy novels, including The Cloud Roads, The Wizard Hunters, and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer. Her short stories have been published in Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, and Stargate magazine, and in several anthologies. She is also the author of the media tie-in novels Stargate Atlantis: Reliquary and Stargate Atlantis: Entanglement and a Star Wars novel, Empire and Rebellion: Razor’s Edge.

About the Narrator

Kevin R. Free is an audiobook narrator and winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. Known for his work with young-adult novels, he has read titles by Rick Riordan, Walter Dean Myers, and Joe Haldeman. In 2011 he was named a Best Voice in Young Adult and Fantasy from AudioFile magazine for his narration of Myers’ The Cruisers: Checkmate.