Martha Wells’ New Series

By Carl Slaughter: All Systems Red, the first novel in the new Murderbot  Diaries series by Martha Wells, comes out from Tor on May 2, 2017.  The sequel, Artificial Condition, is set for 2018.

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.

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.

Read an excerpt from All Systems Red.

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6 thoughts on “Martha Wells’ New Series

  1. I pre ordered this some time ago, not least because “Murderbot Diaries” was a great title 🙂 I do wonder what Carl made of the story?

  2. Looks internal dialog of an AI reluctantly dealing with human creators. Lots of potential.

  3. Read the excerpt, then pre-ordered.
    I would have pre-ordered after the third paragraph, but I wanted to finish first.

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