Murderbot has no friends. Murderbot has no family. Murderbot doesn’t even have a name – unless you count ‘Murderbot’. All it wants is to do its job, survive it, and figure out its own identity. And try to catch up on its favourite serials. It’s time to review All Systems Red, the first of The Murderbot Diaries novellas by Martha Wells, for SciFi Month!
In the first part of Mary Doria Russell’s SF classic, we’re dropped in the aftermath of an intergalactic… tragedy? Disaster? Horrific crime? The pieces are disparate, spread over dovetailing timelines, but the closer they are to being put together, the more unsettled this reader becomes… Let’s discuss The Sparrow. Spoilers will follow for the prologue/chapters 1 through 11.