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Artificial Condition

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2018
2019
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9 chapters
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 Murderbot*
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A science fiction series of novellas and novels by Martha Wells about a non-human security unit.

1) All Systems Red
2) Artificial Condition
3) Rogue Protocol
4) Exit Strategy
5) Network Effect
6) Fugitive Telemetry
7) System Collapse
Copyright © 2018 by Martha Wells
No dedication.
SecUnits don't care about the news.
May contain spoilers
It was going to be a long trip.
No comments on file
Synopsis not on file
Extract (may contain spoilers)
I waited to make sure the lock cycled closed, and that there were no alarms from the ringside, then went down the access corridor. From the schematic available in the shipboard feed, the compartments the transport was using for cargo were normally modular lab space. With the labs sealed and removed to the university’s dock storage, there was plenty of room for cargo. I pushed my condensed packet of media into the transport’s feed for it to take whenever it wanted.

The rest of the space was the usual engineering, supply storage, cabins, medical, mess hall, with the addition of a larger recreation area and some teaching suites. There was blue and white padding on the furniture and it had all been cleaned recently, though it still had a trace of that dirty sock smell that seems to hang around all human habitations. It was quiet, except for the faint noise of the air system, and my boots weren’t making any sound on the deck covering.

I didn’t need supplies. My system is self-regulating; I don’t need food, water, or to eliminate fluids or solids, and I don’t need much air. I could have lasted on the minimal life support that was all that was provided when no people were aboard, but the transport had upped it a little. I thought that was nice of it.

I wandered around, visually checking things out to see that it matched the schematic, and just making sure everything was okay. I did it, even knowing that patrolling was a habit I was going to have to get over. There were a lot of things I was going to have to get over.

When constructs were first developed, they were originally supposed to have a pre-sentient level of intelligence, like the dumber variety of bot. But you can’t put something as dumb as a hauler bot in charge of security for anything without spending even more money for expensive company-employed human supervisors. So they made us smarter. The anxiety and depression were side effects.

 

Added: 30-Jul-2019
Last Updated: 30-Nov-2023

Publications

 08-May-2018
Recorded Books
Book on CD
I read this editionOrder from amazon.comHas a cover imageBook Edition Cover
Date Issued:
08-May-2018
Format:
Book on CD
Cover Price:
$11.99
Length:
3 hrs 21 min (160 pages)
"Read":
Once
Reading(s):
1)   10 Jun 2019 - 10 Jun 2019
Cover Link(s):
Internal ID:
1776
Publisher:
ISBN:
Unknown
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Kevin R Free  - Narration
Jaime Jones  - Cover Artist
From amazon.com:

The follow-up to the hugely popular science fiction action-adventure All Systems Red

Artificial Condition continues The Murderbot Diaries, a science fiction series that tackles questions of the ethics of sentient robotics. It appeals to fans of Westworld, Ex Machina, Ann Leckie's Imperial Raadch series, or Iain M. Banks' Culture novels. 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. "As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot." But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don't want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks.
Cover:
Book Cover
Notes and Comments:
 08-May-2018
Tor Books
e-Book
In my libraryOrder from amazon.comHas a cover imageBook Edition Cover
Date Issued:
08-May-2018
Format:
e-Book
Cover Price:
$9.99
Pages*:
149
Internal ID:
2195
Publisher:
ISBN:
1-250-18693-5
ISBN-13:
978-1-250-18693-5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Credits:
Christine Foltzer - Cover Design
Lee Harris - Editor
Jaime Jones  - Cover Artist
From amazon.com:

A USA Today bestseller

The "I love Murderbot!" - Ann Leckie

Artificial Condition is the follow-up to Martha Wells's Hugo, Nebula, Alex, and Locus Award-winning, New York Times bestselling All Systems Red


It has a dark past - one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself "Murderbot". But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the "A" stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went rogue.

What it discovers will forever change the way it thinks…
Cover:
Book Cover
Notes and Comments:
First Edition: May 2018

I downloaded this from tor.com as a free giveaway leading up to the release of Network Effect.

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Author(s)

Martha Wells  
Birth: 01 Sep 1964 Fort Worth, Texas, USA
Notes:
From the e-Book version of Rogue Protocol:

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 the Nebula-nominated The Death of the Necromancer, as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, and nonfiction. She has had stories in Black Gate, Realms of Fantasy, Stargate magazine, Lightspeed magazine, and in the anthologies Elemental, Tales of the Emerald Serpent, The Other Half of the Sky, The Gods of H. P. Lovecraft, and MECH: Age of Steel. She has also written media tie-ins for Stargate: Atlantis and most recently Star Wars: Razor’s Edge. The last book in the Books of the Raksura series, The Harbors of the Sun, was released in July 2017....

Awards

2018Good ReadsBest Science Fiction Nominee
2019Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of AmericaNebula Award - Best Novella Nominee
2019World Science Fiction SocietyHugo Award - Best Novella Winner
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