All systems red / Martha Wells.

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    • Publication Information:
      First edition.
    • Abstract:
      Summary: 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.
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      22 43
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    • ABNT:
      WELLS, M. All systems red. [s.l.] : Tom Doherty Associates, 2017. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 out. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Wells M. All Systems Red. Tom Doherty Associates; 2017. Accessed October 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Wells, M. (2017). All systems red. Tom Doherty Associates. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Wells, Martha. 2017. All Systems Red. The Murderbot Diaries: [Book 1]. Tom Doherty Associates.
    • Harvard:
      Wells, M. (2017) All systems red. Tom Doherty Associates (The Murderbot diaries: [book 1]). Available at: (Accessed: 18 October 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Wells, M 2017, All systems red, The Murderbot diaries: [book 1], Tom Doherty Associates, viewed 18 October 2019, .
    • MLA:
      Wells, Martha. All Systems Red. Tom Doherty Associates, 2017. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Wells, Martha. All Systems Red. The Murderbot Diaries: [Book 1]. Tom Doherty Associates, 2017.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Wells M. All systems red [Internet]. Tom Doherty Associates; 2017 [cited 2019 Oct 18]. (The Murderbot diaries: [book 1]). Available from:


PW Reviews 2017 March #3

SecUnit, aka Murderbot, is a semiorganic corporate profit center, genderless and constructed of cheap parts to perform contract bodyguard services for clients who mostly don't want them. SecUnit can choose its attitude because it has hacked its governor (a hat-tip to Susan R. Matthews), blocking the functions that would punish it for anything but robotic obedience. Disgusted by humans and secretly addicted to a video serial called Sanctuary Moon, SecUnit is simply enduring another assignment until something completely outside of its data parameters tries to kill its humans. Nebula finalist Wells (Edge of Worlds) 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. The creepy panopticon of SecUnit's multiple interfaces allows a hybrid first-person/omniscient perspective that contextualizes its experience without ever giving center stage to the humans. Agent: Jennifer Jackson, Donald Maass Literary. (May)

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