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We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

(Bobiverse #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  76,119 ratings  ·  6,085 reviews
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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
Kindle Edition, 400 pages
Published September 20th 2016 by Worldbuilders Press
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Dennis Taylor Two more. Book 2 is "For We Are Many", coming out in March/2017, and book 3, "All These Worlds", coming out in June.
Two more. Book 2 is "For We Are Many", coming out in March/2017, and book 3, "All These Worlds", coming out in June.
Dennis Taylor See www.dennisetaylor.org for details, but yes. I'll be putting up a sample chapter from book 2 sometime in the next couple of days.
See www.dennisetaylor.org for details, but yes. I'll be putting up a sample chapter from book 2 sometime in the next couple of days.

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Mario the lone bookwolf
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: taylor-dennis-e
This is one of these novels that make people ask themselves why nobody before had this magnificent idea. All fragments and ideas were there, they just had to be put together to create such a great story, heck even a series.

First person perspective expanding
I have seen this setting in many Sci-Fi novels, but never as the driving force for a series. It must be extremely difficult to write a novel out of such a confining perspective and still integrate so much suspension and wit into it. It cert
Kevin Kelsey
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
A conceptually broad, fun, light-hearted science fiction romp. It has the same sarcastic tone utilized in Old Man’s War or The Martian, and reads very much like the first section of a longer book. I wasn't crazy about the storytelling, and I thought it got a little bogged down with tedium in the second half, but it is undeniably fun.

If you turn off the literary analysis corner of your brain, you'll enjoy the romp with great concepts.
J.L.   Sutton
Dec 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
“Belly laughs are one of the best things about being sentient, and you should never miss a chance for one.”

Dennis E. Taylor – Fog Lit

Fantastic to have my book club discuss We Are Legion! It gave me a chance to reread this book and enjoy it all over again! And then talk about the Prime Directive!

So much geeky fun! In addition to all the seemingly effortless tie-ins to all that is nerdy, Dennis Taylor's We Are Legion has a solid story (both about humanity colonizing the stars and the nature of humanity itself). This
Stevie Kincade
(Audiobook) What a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be!

When I saw this audiobook I thought it might have been a self published "Church of the Subgenius" tribute SF

(It's not). I clicked on it and the synopsis sounded interesting. When I searched for it on Goodreads it had a grand total of zero reviews. In the 2 weeks it took me to put it on my phone and get around to listening to it, several reviews have popped up, so it looks like the Bobiverse might be catching on somewhat.

With a titl
Dec 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm jumping on the Bobwagon here!

I love the light tone throughout and the geek humor mostly relegated to names one AI clone gives to oneself when faced with a profundity of oneself. Riker? Number 2. Of course. But the rest is just a fantastic ride of popular references and snark, right, Admiral Akbar?

Seriously, that was just one of the coolest things in the novel... but the next runner-up has got to be the effortless way we start colonizing the galaxy with each replicant, going back to Earth, ex
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I loved Bob, er, the Bob's! I can tell you right now, if I would have woken up like Bob did I would have freaked and they would have pulled the plug!!

I loved the journey through space and all that happened, well mostly!

Longer review later!
I like Bob. I've been swimming with him in Master's Swim Club for four or five years. He is always on time, always ready to work, and has the enviable ability--the result of decades as an accountant--of being able to keep track of yardage and time sets.  He is also the only one who reliably plays The Pun Game with me, until I laugh so hard I can't swim. He is a genuinely nice guy, and always up for a (dark) beer after practice. But you have to be careful about sitting with him when you drink tha ...more
Kevin Kuhn
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
What a fun premise and story! Bob Johansson has recently retired and has his retirement years to look forward to. Unfortunately, he is killed crossing the street at a SF Convention in Las Vegas. Luckily, he had just signed a contract to have his head cryogenically frozen. When he (or, at least his mind) awakes a century later, he’s a bit confused to find an ultra-religious government has not only seized his assets but declared him less than human and prepares him to be the brains in a self-repli ...more
2.5ish stars.

A fun and funny but unspectacular space opera elevated by a clever narrating voice(s) and unique set-up.

It could just be that I'm burned out on space opera right now but I just didn't enjoy this as much as I was hoping to. I expected it to be hysterically comical, but even with the geeky pop culture allusions and the endless wit of the great and powerful bobs, I never made it past a good chortle. Alright, except for anytime GUPPI said anything. Love that guy. "By your command!"

It w
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
If you liked the genius inventive loner engineer of The Martian and you also liked the amazing universe-building and rambling episodic nature of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet then you're probably going to love this book.

Bob is a newly minted tech millionaire. Bob has also just signed up to be cryogenically frozen in the event of his death. Which is a really good thing because his death is in ... 3 ... 2 ... uh oh.

Bob is an AI replicant based on a brain scan of frozen tech millionaire-Bob
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Somewhere Poul Anderson is smiling.

To say this is good science fiction is like saying Neil Peart is a drummer: technically true but far from wholly accurate.

I cannot see where author Dennis E. Taylor pays specific tribute to Anderson as an influence, but he does say he’s an avid SF reader and so I cannot imagine that he has NOT read the late Grandmaster and been persuaded by his writing. I recalled such Anderson gems as The Boat of a Million Years, Tau Zero, Maurai & Kith, and Harvest of Stars w
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars.

I got more than I expected from this one. I honestly expected this too be more silly, maybe along the lines of Erikson's Willful child. Don't get me wrong this is still funny book but it's more witty and smartass kind with lot of pop-culture references and there where times I was grinning like mad with few laugh out loud moments but it's all backed by some real science and story.

It's hard to tell what is meat and what are bones of this novel. Humor, pop culture references and hard sc
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I think I would have never found this book on my own - and my life would have been the poorer for it! Seriously, this author is so delightfully geeky/nerdy (yes, both) that it's already enough to carry the reader from start to finish. But easter eggs or satirical references are not the only thing Dennis Taylor is good at.

The story is about a young millionaire who invests into cryogenetics - a project freezing your head after your death so you can be revived and given a new (enhanced) body by sci
Dec 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi, r2016, favourites, r2019
I tried to listen to this with my other half - who only liked the beginning and stopped about a third in - and found out that I am indeed a huge nerd! Otherwise, as good as the first time :O)
What an entertaining story! Upon reading the book description blurb, which intrigued me, I downloaded the audiobook and started listening. Well, since I didn’t stop until the end, I can positively say that the narrative is exceedingly addictive!

Bob Johansson, young software millionnaire, ha
2.5 stars. I had high hopes for this story, but found myself mostly just turning pages slowly. I think there were some interesting concepts but I didn't think the implementation was particularly skillful. I could accept the US descending to a theocracy, but not other aspects of the situation. I also found the main character to be initially sort of amusing, but swiftly found him tedious, and yes, immature, but actually found myself getting very frustrated with the author pointing out, at least on ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Dec 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
4.5 stars. A fun romp of a SF space adventure. In 2016, Bob Johannsen sells his company for a fortune and promptly signs up for cryogenic preservation, and then manages to get himself killed just a day or two later. When he wakes up over 100 years later, he's without any physical body, essentially just a computer program ... but a very smart, self-aware one. And now he has the chance to be one of the first human intelligences to explore the galaxy.

Because of the narrator Bob's sarcastic voice, i
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

This was a very different read for me. The main character becomes a computer in a probe looking for habitable planets. The humor reminded me a bit of "The Martian" and would recommend it if you love sci-fi!
TS Chan
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars.

Have you ever wished you could undertake true space exploration but realistically believed that your lifespan may not be long enough to survive the journey? Well, not if you are Bob.

Robert Johansson, more affectionately known as Bob, was an engineer in the 21st century who signed up for having his head cryogenically preserved upon his death for future resuscitation into a new body. In a strange ironic twist of fate, Bob died within 24 hours of doing so and woke up a bit more than a ce
May 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Things that made me read this book
* many positive references to it around Goodreads
* the fact that it’s overall rating is 4.29
* the title. How could anyone resist that?

Was I disappointed? Absolutely not. We Are Legion (We Are Bob) is pure entertainment. It is definitely reminiscent of The Martian with lots of scientific explanation written in an easy manner. And it is frequently just plain funny.

Bob ends up being an artificial intelligence who is sent out to explore the universe. One of his jo
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars

Universe? It's so out there, man. It's time for a change. It's time for Bobiverse!
❝ As a species, we're morons.❞

Bob is dead. Yes, it is very tragic. But before his death, Bob had enrolled in a Cryonics program. So when Bob died, they decapitated him and stored his head in a freezer (very professionally), with the hope that he can be restored back to life in future with technological advancements.

And they did, in the year 2133.

The problem is, USA in 2133 is, in fact,
Nov 30, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, audiobooks
I think I might be a bit harsh with the one-star rating, as there are a few interesting ideas and enough funny lines to keep me going, but this book hacked me off in a few ways. Chief among them was the main character, who I didn't like. Since the book is about a hypothetical Von Neumann machine, which is supposed to clone itself to help humanity reach the stars, by the end of the book most conversations were just him talking to himself. He's such a dudebro, it's infuriating.

The sci-fi is (almos
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/08/28/...

Every time I go to Audible my account page is always bombarding my recommended list with this one, and well, it’s hard not to be curious when the book’s page is filled with literally tens of thousands of five star reviews. I figured it was high time to find out what all the fuss was about, and am I glad I did! For those of you who have already been initiated into We Are Legion (We Are Bob) fan club, I beg your forgiveness
What a chore. Hey authors, just because you throw lots of pop culture/SF references, and have a main character who likes to joke around, does not mean you can just handwave the need for an interesting story that not just a rehash of everything in space opera.

The premise was promising at start but the humor fell flat after the fourth chapter and the story became bland before even halfway. I seriously struggled to finish this book. It is not THAT funny.

I would give this book one star if not beca
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, sci-fi, audio
I'm going with 3.5 stars on this one!
I enjoyed it but I also caught myself fading off at times. I think all the thrillers are affecting my attention span!

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) was outside of my typical genre. I enjoyed this and thought some of the humor in it was needed for all the technical information about Bob, A.I. and exploring new worlds.

Bob Johansson has just sold his software company and while feeling on top of the world, he decides to sign up for Cryonics. When he dies, he's going
Valliya Rennell
3 stars

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) is a novel that will definitely appeal to many sci-fi fans. There are so many different story-lines: first contact, interplanetary war, human evacuation etc. The premise is also very interesting. Just before he died Bob Johansson decided to sign up for a program where your brain gets cryogenically frozen in the hopes of being awakened many years later when technology is advanced enough that an organic body would be able to get crafted especially for you! Unfortu
We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Geeky SF fun a la The Martian
Originally posted Fantasy Literature
This seems to be a thing these days. Breezy, snarky SF stories by first-time authors that promote their own work, capture a lot of positive word-of-mouth and become very popular without major publisher help initially. I’m thinking of Andy Weir’s The Martian, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, and John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War. Basically, these books are a whole lot of fun, drop liberal 1980s geek references,
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is fun. Fun, fun, fun. Genuine, enjoyable, page-turning fun of the sort that has you grinning while you read it.

We are Legion (We are Bob) is that rare thing - a science fiction novel with both solid SF chops and a sense of humor. Imagine Andy Weir's The Martian, but swap the protagonist for Bob - a computer copy of a long-dead software engineer onboard an interstellar probe - and swap Mars for the entire galaxy as Bob travels into the cosmos making extra copies of himself enroute, fil
Richard Derus
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: amazon-books
Real Rating: 3.75* of five

This is the most male book I've read in ages. I mean, there are two or three women in it but they're onscreen for a hot minute and then gone again. Mostly it's the titular Bob in one of his many regenerated/rebooted/revived selves.

And I think that's why I liked this read so much. One well-educated geek-boy's wet dream of playing in the galactic sandbox. Hell to the you betcha damn straight yes.
Sep 04, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was totally out of my wheelhouse but I loved it!

Bob is a tech genius comparable to Bill Gates. He decides to get himself, (well, his head), cryogenically frozen and signs a contract to have it done. Shortly thereafter, he's hit by a car and the contract kicks in.

When he wakes up, it's centuries later and as a sentient computer. He's in charge of, (basically), saving humanity. He goes about this task by cloning himself, as he was made to do, (see Von Neumann probes), and spreading thro
Milda Page Runner
Loved it! Light humorous sci-fi of the likes of Martian and Scalzi books. Hard science, assorted geekiness and references to all sorts of sci-fi pop-culture, plenty of humour, easy to like main character, sarcastic voice and of course - adventure, space travel and exploration of the stars.
The humour tones down in the second part of the book (and the subsequent books) but the sarcastic tone remains. The exploring of the universe, humanity spreading to the stars, encountering other intelligent li
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I am a retired computer programmer, an enthusiastic snowboarder, and an inveterate science fiction reader.

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