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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse) (Volume 1) (edição 2017)

por Dennis E. Taylor (Autor)

Séries: Bobiverse (1)

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Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty. The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad - very mad.… (mais)
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Título:We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse) (Volume 1)
Autores:Dennis E. Taylor (Autor)
Informação:Ethan Ellenberg Literary Agency (2017), Edition: 2, 308 pages
Colecções:A sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:science-fiction, space opera

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Entirely too cute. ( )
  wagnerkim | Jul 21, 2021 |
Well. That's a thing. A weirdly wonderful thing.

The book summary does a pretty good job of telling you exactly what you get without too many spoilers (past the first few chapters):

Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.

The rest of the book follows Bob, then eventually Bobs, then eventually Bobs each with their own names and variations on a personality. And I'm right in the target demographic for this book, with a lot of the same interests and personality traits of the original Bob. In another life, I could see myself being Bob.

“How are you supposed to feel if you are forced to do what you would have done anyway?”

That being said, the story itself is a pretty straight exploration of various scifi concepts. Uploading a mind into a computer, Von Neumann probes, virtual reality, space exploration. It has it all. There's not a huge overarching plot, but you almost don't need it. It feels like a number of linked short stories as we follow each of the Bobs as they explore the universe.

The ending is weak (for much the same reason, it's mostly intertwinced short stories). But there are already two sequels out, so let's just go read those instead!

A really cool read (although not for everyone). Well, well worth the time. ( )
  jpv0 | Jul 21, 2021 |
Fascinating premise and well executed. I couldn't put this or the sequels down. ( )
  kendradey | Jul 10, 2021 |
This book features:

* An A.I. protagonist like Anne Leckie's "Ancillary Justice", but less complicated and difficult to read.

* Humor like "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", but less British, much less silly and in smaller doses.

* Geeky popular culture references like in "Ready Player One", but significantly less 1980's-focused and in much smaller doses.

* A bit of a cliffhanger ending. ( )
  wishanem | May 27, 2021 |
I'm perfectly happy to read a routine science fiction story, but producing a viable one is apparently harder than it looks these days, as I've been disappointed by most of the books I've read in that vein of late. This one is not a disappointment, as our protagonist is a paradigmatic competent man who is awaken into a world of self-destructive idiots. If you want to be cynical and say that the author just wrote his own personal fantasy of achievement, fine, it's an admirable personal fantasy. Reminiscent of a cross between Andy Weir at his analytic best, and John Scalzi at 8/10's of maximum snark, I'm now looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. ( )
  Shrike58 | Apr 24, 2021 |
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Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and is looking forward to a life of leisure. There are places to go, books to read, and movies to watch. So it's a little unfair when he gets himself killed crossing the street. Bob wakes up a century later to find that corpsicles have been declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty. The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad - very mad.

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