All Systems Red

The Murderbot Diaries (Book 1)

Martha Wells
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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.

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


I COULD HAVE BECOME a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites. It had been wel...

About the Author:

MARTHA WELLS has written many fantasy novels, including The Wizard Hunters, Wheel of the Infinite, the Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads and ending with The Harbors of the Sun), and the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and non-fiction.

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Loved It (26)
Liked It (15)
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I hadn't reread this book and the other books in the series probably 20 times. I love Murderbot!

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1/4/2023 5:58:41 PM
Loved It
scifi series, robots

A little book with a big impact. This was the first book I'd read by Martha Wells, and it was a great introduction to her work and a promising beginning to a new series.

10/28/2022 3:47:08 PM
Loved It
science fiction mystery/adventure novella

I chose this book at random and ended up adoring it.

10/28/2022 4:04:36 AM
Loved It
a lot of fun

I can identify with Murderbot as a protagonist. Uncomfortable in social situations, it would want to be left alone so it may watch television in peace. The story is hilarious

10/30/2022 11:28:21 PM
Liked It

A story following the exploits of a cyborg-like unit. I found it to be enjoyable. It follows the progress of one hybrid human/machine in its quest for full humanity.

10/28/2022 10:09:14 PM
Loved It
lightweight but fun

A bright beginning to the series with a robot that is probably likely autistic. It's well-written and endearing, which is a rare combination.

10/30/2022 7:44:03 PM
Liked It
interesting and quick paced

Superb story; quickly jumps into the action. I really enjoyed reading this story and hearing murderbot's thoughts.

10/31/2022 1:23:18 PM

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