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The Future of Work: Compulsory

(The Murderbot Diaries 0.5)

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Martha Wells is a New York Times best-selling author of 23 works of science fiction and fantasy. This story is a prequel to The Murderbot Diaries, her Hugo- and Nebula-award-winning novella series.

http://www.wired.com/story/future-of...
4 pages
Published December 17th 2018
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carol.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it liked it
Feels unpolished for a Wells story.

http://www.wired.com/story/future-of...
Miriam
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is just a SCENE.
What a tease.

I want more MurderBot.
Sana
NEVER GETTING TIRED OF READING ABOUT MURDERBOT.
Mimi
IT’S NOT LIKE I haven’t thought about killing the humans since I hacked my governor module. But then I started exploring the company servers and discovered hundreds of hours of downloadable entertainment media, and I figured, what’s the hurry? I can always kill the humans after the next series ends.

Murderbot saves the day again in this very short snippet. And it does it in style, reluctantly and begrudgingly of course.


Read it at http://www.wired.com/story/future-of...
Soo
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Classic Murderbot. Yay!

"It was like she could see me through my visor, which was a terrifying enough thought that my performance reliability dropped 3 percent.

LOL!
Stephen
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Nice. Wanna know what Well's Murdebot series is about. This captures it perfectly. Wells can do so much with few words.
Jim
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
An interesting glimpse into the early days of Murderbot which shows some of its humanity. It's short & free here:
http://www.wired.com/story/future-of...
I don't think it matters when this is read in the series.
Dawn Christoffersen
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Yaaay, a fun prequel to the Murderbot Diaries! What’s not to love!
Peter Tillman
Assuming you are already a Murderbot fan -- you NEED to read this freebie. And it wouldn't make a bad intro for newbies. A rescue mission for the newly-free SecUnit:

"A blast of heat and radiation washed over us. Sekai made an “eep” noise. I wanted to make an “eep” noise too, but I was busy. I said, “Just hook your harness to me.”

She fumbled the clips into place and got them fastened. Now I was free to focus on phase 2 of this stupid plan. I’d hacked HubSystem when I was first shipped here. Now I
...more
Ron
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
“With my governor module inert, I sometimes do things and I’m not entirely sure why. (Apparently getting free will after having 93 percent of your behavior controlled for your entire existence will do weird things to your impulse control.) Without thinking about it, I stepped off the edge of the platform.”

A very short outing into the mind of a supposedly mindless Security Unit. Humor, risk, and denouement packed into a few paragraphs. Fun.

“A blast of heat and radiation washed over us. Sekai made
...more
Mónica BQ
Dec 27, 2018 rated it liked it
A tiny scene to make me miss Murderbot even more!
Carolyn F.
I read this off the Wired website.

So good! I read the first and second books before I read this one. Just a taste but you can see how well this book is written.
Jen
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: short-freebie
(Heart-eyes!) Loved this and now I need more. Glad it exists! 5 stars!
Nadine Jones
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Story 20 in my 24 Days of Shorts

I hate mines, and mining, and humans who work in mining, and of all the stupid mines I can remember, I hate this stupid mine the most. But the humans hate it more ...


I love cranky Murderbot!! My only complaint is that this was too short.

read it for yourself here:
http://www.wired.com/story/future-of...


My 24 Days of Shorts
1. Yiwu by Lavie Tidhar
2. The Night Cyclist by Stephen Graham Jones
3. AI and the Trolley Problem by Pat Cadigan
4. Sleeper by Jo Walton
5. She Co
...more
Punk
Dec 22, 2018 rated it liked it
A very short story about Murderbot's time in the mines, with all the usual Murderbot themes about slavery, mass media, and personhood. It works, but I wanted more from the ending. Is this at RaviHyral? Should I have a sense of impending doom? Or is this just another worksite and a brief glimpse of what Murderbot was like, newly free (sort of) and making decisions for itself for the first time? I can't tell because I can't remember the exact details of Murderbot's history, and this story doesn't ...more
Alexa
This was so short but still so undeniably Murderbot and it's exactly the fix I needed. (Well, actually, I'm re-reading the entire series today so it might be an overload.)
Helen
Jan 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very short short. I need to watch The Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon.

3.5
Alex
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
'It's not like I haven’t thought about killing the humans since I hacked my governor module. But then I started exploring the company servers and discovered hundreds of hours of downloadable entertainment media, and I figured, what’s the hurry? I can always kill the humans after the next series ends.'

Oh, Murderbot. You're the best. Haha :)
Lisa Feld
Jan 14, 2019 rated it liked it
For those who have read All Systems Red, this basically hits all the same notes as the opening--it's a great, quick taste of the series for those who haven't discovered Murderbot yet, but doesn't give long-time fans anything new.
Evy
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HI I LOVE MURDERBOT.

YOU CAN READ THIS STORY HERE: http://www.wired.com/story/future-of...


BYE!
Claire
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a fun little short story about Murderbot, although if you haven't read at least the first Murderbot book, this might be confusing.

Also: more Murderbot, please.
Meredith
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, shorts
A little Murderbot treat.
Mikhail
Dec 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Only a couple of pages, but more Murderbot is always welcome.
HeyT
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-books
This prequel story was the final push I needed to dive into the Murderbot diaries and I'm so glad that I did. Very short story that encapsulates all the reasons there are to love the Murderbot construct.

Originally Read 12/19/2018
Jennifer
Dec 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
I love Murderbot in any incarnation
Deborah
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Too short. Want more Murderbot!
Danielle
This was a nice little slice-of-life from the Murderbot universe before the book starts. I appreciated the look at Murderbot right as they started to achieve independent personhood.
Sarah Baker
Never change, Murderbot. Well, not too quickly, anyway.
Diane
Dec 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
I just noticed the existence of this flash-fiction Murderbot prequel story (or scene, if you're being cranky about wanting more), and naturally I immediately went to Wired.com and read it! I think it'd work for newbies as a good introduction to the character and to the themes you'll find in The Murderbot Diaries. For those of us who've already devoured all four novellas, it may not really add anything new, but how can anyone complain about getting a bit more from Murderbot?!
Allison
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another Murderbot entry, after it hacked its programming but during the time it is still trying to hide the hack from its employers and owners. And it's already unable to help saving people even at risk of its own exposure or death. You can kind of see even in this short story it's still feeling out individuality rather than embracing it, and is terrified of showing its face outside its helmet. Still want to give it a hug. Murderbot is the best.
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Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, the final novel in The Books of the ...more

Other books in the series

The Murderbot Diaries (5 books)
  • All Systems Red (The Murderbot Diaries, #1)
  • Artificial Condition (The Murderbot Diaries, #2)
  • Rogue Protocol (The Murderbot Diaries, #3)
  • Exit Strategy (The Murderbot Diaries, #4)
  • Untitled Murderbot Novel (The Murderbot Diaries, #5)