Artificial Condition

Artificial Condition

The Murderbot Diaries

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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 vessal 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...
Publisher: New York, NY:, Tom Doherty Associates;, 2018
Edition: First edition
Description: 158 pages ; 21 cm
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781250186928
Branch Call Number: Well
Additional Contributors: Harris, Lee,


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May 06, 2020

In part 2, the curmudgeonly Murderbot reluctanctly makes a friend - a sensitive, intelligent research transport ship - and helps out some hapless humans while researching what happened in his past where he was blamed for many deaths at a mining operation. The scene where Murderbot and the ship watch space opera serials together (Moon Sanctuary with over 200 episodes!) is hilarious. Murderbot is a great character and I want to read more than these short novellas provide.

Feb 24, 2020

I had a difficult time with this book and gave up about half-way through. I was unfamiliar with the characters and places and times in which they lived (presume the far future). It seems to be a robot-science fiction story with the main character being a security expert, semi-human robot (I think). It is in first person (the bot) and has very little description of the surroundings to help visualize the environment. I’d suspect that somewhere there would be a point where the bot becomes helpful to humans and has a goal that it wants to achieve.
If you have read similar novels or others in the “Murderbot Diaries” (it sounds like there is a whole series) it may be exactly what you are looking for. Several readers thought very highly of it, but I, alas, am less able to grasp the story, and rated it low based upon the way I like to see a plot unfold.

Jan 24, 2020

Yes! I'm starting to get the payoff for what the first book was setting up! I love the snarky relationship Murderbot and ART have. These operating systems really get human interaction. Going to have to go get the next one asap, this must be how people felt waiting for the next installment of Charles Dickens to come out. I really wish I could get the whole thing in one book!

Jan 16, 2020

A strong sequel novella to All Systems Red. Making Murderbot's journey of self-realization the primary goal of the story was a great choice, and differentiated itself very well from its first installment. ART is a strong, hilarious character, who introduced a new dynamic. I love Murderbot and I'm excited to continue reading this series. My favourite Murderbot novella.

Oct 05, 2019

From: Michael R. Brown, Editor/Chief Ghettostone Publications Company and
Leader of The BEST SELLERS BOOK CLUB reviews author, Martha Well's "Murder Bot
Series" book 2 "Artificial Condition", a great fun adventure into the futuristic fantasy world of interplanetary space travel, artificial intelligence, and high tech espionage! Our story tracks the "anti-hero" "Murder Bot" a self aware ex-human cyborg who became self aware and disconnected his primary command hardware. "Murder Bot" named himself from remnats of a memory that been wiped clean of a mass-killing. Book 2 "Artificial Condition" follows "Murder Bot" as he attempts to investigate his past. He's on the run. His abilities grant him access to space stations feeds, drone weapons, auto bot piloted transport ships, and to cable TV Shows...!

If he had his way he would just find a quiet place to watch his favorite shows
and not ever deal with humans, who he finds inferior and always getting themselves
in over their heads risking their lives. In this 2nd story Murder Bot meets "ART"
(Asshole Robot Transport) who grants him a ride in exchange for stolen cable TV shows...!

But "ART" is a super computer and smarter than Murder Bot, or so he thinks. There teamwork grows into a friendship and leads into narrow escapes from corporate killer
bots, killer drones, and human killers who are spies for a mega-corporation whose
secretly covering up a "alien excavation"!

"Murder Bot", feelings guilty for some odd reason, is roped into going against his dislike
of humans and assumes a human form n an effort to help the team human of researchers.

As a hire security consultant Murder Bot must pass for human. To be helpful "ART" (the transport bot pilot) performs plastic surgery on"Murder Bot" so that blend in with humans.

If only he could hide his disgust!

We love "Murder Bot's" honesty! His banter with ART! His fighting skills! His compassion..!

Highly recommended by the entire BEST SELLER BOOK CLUB, "Artificial Condition" by
Martha Wells is a must read...!

Aug 30, 2019

Another great entry in Murderbot's story! It's exciting to see Murderbot grow as a character as they tried to protect their new clients, and I was delighted that this book featured another nonbinary character with non-traditional pronouns (Rami). While ART as a character seemed a little overpowered, they were still a delightful presence in the story and I have the feeling that the story is gearing up for Murderbot to face even more dangerous situations (And the action in THIS book was pretty good).

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin May 06, 2019

This series is super hilarious and excellent genre fiction. I am a huge fan of Murderbot and will be binge reading these novellas!

Jan 31, 2019

Murderbot Book 2

Jan 09, 2019

I want to write a song about how awesome Murderbot is... Although I'm not sure where to start. But it should be accompanied by a video that involves a lot of "BAM", "CRUNCH", "WHOOSH" like graphics like in the old school Batman TV show (with Adam West as Batman). And in said song there would be lines that quote Murderbot's funny quips and thoughts on ridiculous humans. But alas I am not a song writer so you'll have to settle for my review about how great this book (and series) are!

Murderbot is still a girl to me
I dunno what is, but just like in the first book Murderbot (our androgynous AI robot lead character) is still female to me. Maybe I just really like women who are strong, powerful and fight? Whatever it is I cannot get this image of 'her' out of my head. Maybe that's the real power of Murderbot overall is that you can make them anything you want. Whatever race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, etc. that you identify with.

Kicks a lot of butt
The best part of this series is when Murderbot turn it all on in a fight and takes people out. It's not super violent, and never a graphically described way; more fighting in that fun 'old Batman' style. In Artificial Condition we are taken to a sketchy out of the way mining area to see if we can learn about the 'incident' that resulted in Murderbot naming themselves Murderbot. Lots of action, new friends (and enemies) and hacking happen in Martha Wells follow-up to All Systems Red. Very much like the feel and attitude of the first one.

Read in any order!
It's really rare that I feel it's okay to read a book out of order in a series. But Wells does a fabulous job of recapping what we need to know, without boring the reader to death if they just read the first book. I loved how succinct Wells is with her moments where she reminds us that Murderbot did this or that happened in the past. While this book is less than 200 pages, a lot happens and very little is redundant.

This is the funnest series I've read in a long time. It's over the top at times without being outrageous, Murderbot is so relatable (considering they are a robot) and it's a nice easy read. I laughed, cringed and gasped during this novella; and at the end immediately ordered book 3. I hope The Murderbot Diaries keeps going for a long time as it's quickly becoming my go to for a need-a-quick-break book series. As always the best thing I can ever say about a book is that I bought a hard copy of this ARC for my personal library.

Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.

IndyPL_SteveB Jan 09, 2019

“Murderbot” is what it calls itself. It is a SecUnit – a security robot with some human tissue. Some years before, it has been told, it went berserk and killed many humans at a mining facility. It was reprogrammed so it has no memory of the incident itself; but feels responsible anyway. Now it is attempting to return to the planet’s moon where the “murder” took place. It needs to know why this all occurred.

Murderbot teams up with an AI-run research vessel headed that way. The AI also has a lot of independence and assists the bot to change his appearance and to learn more about pretending to be human. This cuts to the core of its real problem: “I looked at myself in the mirror for a long time. I told myself I still looked like a SecUnit without armor, hopelessly exposed, but the truth was I did look more human. And now I knew why I hadn’t wanted to do this. It would make it harder for me to pretend not to be a person.”

In order to get clearance to go to the moon’s surface, Murderbot has to take a security job protecting a naïve group of young researchers. Of course, serious danger surrounds these young people, but the real appeal for the series is the ongoing search for what makes humans different from machines. Think of it as *Pinocchio* with weapons.

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