Favorite Quotes – All Systems Red by Martha Wells

Rating: 4 out of 5.

There are many amazing reviews for these novellas already so I’ll be quick : Murderbot brightened my day and I cannot wait to dive into the next book. 

All Systems Red is :

  • fast-paced,
  • well-plotted,
  • VERY funny,

… and it’s all too easy to see why everyone on Earth seems to care for this sarcastic (slash) introvert (slash) pessimistic (slash) drama-watching killing machine. I know that I did.

So today I’m sharing my favorite quotes. Let’s go!

my favorite quotes

Meet Murderbot,

I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites. It had been well over 35,000 hours or so since then, with still not much murdering, but probably, I don’t know, a little under 35,000 hours of movies, serials, books, plays, and music consumed. As a heartless killing machine, I was a terrible failure.


… a reliable and hardworking construct,

I hadn’t looked at the survey package. In my defense, we’d been here twenty-two planetary days and I hadn’t had to do anything but stand around watching humans make scans or take samples of dirt, rocks, water, and leaves. The sense of urgency just wasn’t there. Also, you may have noticed, I don’t care.


… who shouldn’t be that relatable (I mean, it’s literally a killing machine), but

At least Mensah and Arada had overruled the ones who wanted to talk to me about it. Yes, talk to Murderbot about its feelings. The idea was so painful I dropped to 97 percent efficiency. I’d rather climb back into Hostile One’s mouth.


… It is?

I snorted. He underestimated me.
Ratthi said, “The one where the colony’s solicitor killed the terraforming supervisor who was the secondary donor for her implanted baby?”
Again, I couldn’t help it. I said, “She didn’t kill him, that’s a fucking lie.”
Ratthi turned to Mensah. “It’s watching it.”


… but then, points were made :

(“I do think of it as a person,” Gurathin said. “An angry, heavily armed person who has no reason to trust us.”
“Then stop being mean to it,” Ratthi told him. “That might help.”)


Oh, Murderbot, you’ve got not business making me feel, how dare you?

It’s wrong to think of a construct as half bot, half human. It makes it sound like the halves are discrete, like the bot half should want to obey orders and do its job and the human half should want to protect itself and get the hell out of here. As opposed to the reality, which was that I was one whole confused entity, with no idea what I wanted to do. What I should do. What I needed to do.


… but keep going, okay?

… but you may have noticed that when I do manage to care, I’m a pessimist.


Bottom line: I LOVED IT. Of course I’m already reading Artificial Condition!

About All Systems Red
Author : Martha Wells | Publisher : Tor.com | Genre : Adult Science-Fiction | Pages : 144

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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