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For We Are Many

(Bobiverse #2)

4.37  ·  Rating details ·  46,462 ratings  ·  2,185 reviews
Bob Johansson didn't believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for 40 years now, looking for habitable planets. But that's the only part of the plan that's still
Kindle Edition, 384 pages
Published April 18th 2017 by Worldbuilders Press
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Ralph Folkes April 18th isn't soon enough.

Hope the 3rd book will be ready by April 19th.…more
April 18th isn't soon enough.

Hope the 3rd book will be ready by April 19th.(less)
Dennis Taylor April 18th.

Right now, it looks like book 3 might be in July instead of June. My fault, I took a little long to do the edits.
April 18th.

Right now, it looks like book 3 might be in July instead of June. My fault, I took a little long to do the edits.

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Mario the lone bookwolf
Away from the only, poor single, Bob technobabble focus towards more characterizations, interactions with real humans, implications, and open questions about consciousness, love, and immortality with a little portion of apocalypse and space warfare.

Do you wanna live forever
As soon as it´s technically possible, a Bob simply cannot die, except she/he is so lazy to keep no backups and have an adrenaline junkie problem at the same time, although there is nobody anymore and the reactions have to be
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love reading great SF, but sometimes we just stumble across a novel or two that just make us beam with wonder and shared nerdiness and delight... and that basically describes these two Bob novels.

The scale is particularly delightful. You've gotta love a snarky nerd engineer-turned-AI distributed over 30 light years who's wondering what the hell the humans are doing. I mean, he's pretty well-adjusted, copying bits of himself into new iterations and letting them rename themselves as cultural ner
TS Chan
Jun 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

This is a great sequel to We Are Legion (We Are Bob) that brought about significant development in both the characters and the plot.

Character development in the Bobs, a Replicant, a computer programme, you say? Yes, completely!! Firstly, each clone is a different variation of the original Bob and they do differ sufficiently to have distinctive personalities. One just does not know how the newly cloned cohorts will turn out to be, i.e. which psyche of original Bob will be most dominant
Apr 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Let me begin by saying that I FINISHED FIRST! Yep, this was a buddy-read with (amongst others) Brad and I FINISHED FIRST.

Ironically, this goofy reaction is exactly something one of the Bobs would have done too (so yes, it fits the theme).

This is the second book in the Bobiverse series and it was wonderful again. Sure, some say that it's a bit slow because of the science and exploration and different locations, but that is exactly what I love (apart from the fantastic narrator, Ray Porter, in the
Jan 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
2.5 Stars:✰✰½

If you have an Audible account, you have heard of these books. Actually.... if you have an AMAZON account, period, you've probably seen these books on display somewhere in the emails or ads on amazon.

Because for one reason or another, they literally advertise these books up the butt.

I did a quick search in my gmail inbox to see how many emails they have sent me about this series - and whether it was through direct or indirect advertising, I have received about 24 emails from Au
J.L.   Sutton
Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Geeky fun continues in Dennis Taylor's For We Are Many (Bobiverse #2). It has been 40 years since Bob began exploring the cosmos (Bobiverse #1) searching for habitable worlds. There are many copies of Bob now, all interacting with each other. And there's competition from other space probes launched from Earth right before the nuclear powers started firing at each other. The drama in this book relies on beating out the intractable competition, finding and protecting new sentient life and finding ...more
Mogsy (MMOGC)
4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

I’ve been on a humorous sci-fi kick lately, and this series is proving to be the most amazing diversion. The first book hooked me with the non-stop action and laughs, and book two certainly didn’t disappoint me in these areas either.

Following the events of We Are Legion (We Are Bob), our titular sentient AI character and his many clones have been spreading out from Earth for about forty years now, and not surprisingly, he’
Aug 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dennis E. Taylor is creating some of the best science fiction in recent times – his Bobiverse is outstanding.

I gave his premier book in the series – We Are Legion – a five star and the second in the series, first published in 2017, is almost as good.

Why the gushing praise? I said it in my review of We are Legion, this is what SF should be – tight prose detailing hard science principles and telling a fun story. Taylor mixes in enough pop culture references and nerdy snark to keep any self-respect
Apr 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: r2017, scifi, favourites

Having loved We Are Legion (We Are Bob), I couldn't wait to start this sequel. The combination of Taylor's words and wit with Ray Porter's perfect rendition, and you have a winner :O)

Confession: I like all the Bobs. I mean, I get their humour, their pop culture references, their sense of right and wrong. What is there not to like? In this instalment, we get more of what the first book served (second half), i.e. trying to help the few humans survivors, who are still trying to kill each other (
David Katzman
First, a recap of part one is in my review here.

I enjoyed the first part of this series, but part two was a bit of a letdown. The main character "Bob" and all his AI clones (which are all inexact variations of his core personality) have become a little too annoying for me. I mean, who is this book for? It's not a young adult book. But the man (lol, he's an artificial intelligence based on a human template with emotions) has to deal with apocalyptic destruction, species-wide genocide and personal
Sonja Arlow
May 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018-read, sci-fi, funny
This is one of those books you read for shits & giggles – is this a universal saying? Its fun escapism that should not be overanalysed.

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) really took me by surprise, it had a unique angle to the space theme and I liked the main protagonist(s). With this second installment you know exactly what you are going to get. Exactly!

There is very little new to be had. There are plenty of Bobs, and I mean plenty. And I think that caused a slight distraction for me – there were just
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
If you liked the first Bobiverse book, We Are Legion, this is pretty much more of the same thing. And after a bit of a bumpy start, I really did have a good ride with it ... enough that I immediately bought the third book. Got to see what happens with the Others, aka The Worst Space Aliens Ever!

Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Do you feel like a holiday from the world? Do you feel like like you need to read something fun, something easy to race through, something that will immerse you in an interesting and entertaining universe? If so, Dennis E. Taylor's Bobiverse series should be your next reading destination.

Dennis E. Taylor writes books that are pure pleasure to read and We are Many is no exception.

The pages of We Are Many fly past, the story progresses in interesting and exciting directions and conflict is ever
RJ - Slayer of Trolls
Looking for a rollicking good well-written self-published space adventure with meaningful character arcs and a gripping narrative? Well, keep looking! This is an unholy mess. It reads like something that might result if Science Magazine somehow got into the catnip, hopped the fence and impregnated John Scalzi’s blog. The plot is a continuation of the first book in the series, about sentient self-replicating Von Neumann probes whose annoying personalities are formed from an equal mix of high tech ...more
FOR WE ARE MANY (Bobiverse #2), in my opinion was even better than the first book and Ray Porter plays a large part in that.

For those who don't know, in the first book the first Bob had his head frozen and he was woken up many, many years later having had his consciousness installed in an AI. Since then, many things have happened, and Bob has created many clones of himself, as he was designed to do. His, (their), goal is to save humanity, (we are killing our planet and there are only about 15 m
Richard Derus
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindled
This entry in the three-book series is less of a romp than the first because, of course, because the territory is no longer new or fresh; but it's still a hoot and a holler. I had such a great time going back to the Bobiverse! These books are a pleasure to me because their humor resonates with me:
At times like this, I wondered if I hadn’t gone a little overboard with the level of detail in my virtual-reality environment. There was no reason for me to even have nether regions, let alone for them
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bobiverse is growing rapidly and the Bobs have their hands full.

The handful of survivors on Earth are being evacuated but there are people trying to sabotage that. the The Deltans, the first alien species that the Bobs have encountered are at risk from an even nastier danger than the gorilloids, and they're having growing pains besides. The Vulcan and Romulan colonies have their own issues. The mad Brazilian is still out there. And worst of all, the terrifying discovery that one of the Bob's
Apr 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - rounded up because the concept of this series is just so fun. The Bobs are expanding and finding places for humanity to settle. I love the exploration aspects, the humor and the creativity. I had this with whispersync, but I mostly used audio because the reader is excellent.

For We Are Many: More adventures in the Bobiverse
Originally posted in Fantasy Literature
I really enjoyed Dennis E. Taylor’s We Are Legion (We Are Bob) last December after discovering it by accident as Audible’s Best SF of 2016. I generally tend to read fairly serious, literary, and ambitious SFF books and realized I needed a light break and For We Are Many was the perfect change of pace. The BOBIVERSE series really is a fun place to spend some time, and it is the narrative voice that makes the b
Karen’s Library
Jun 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
I seriously cannot get enough of the Bobiverse! This series is perfect for us sci-fi nerds. And the icing on the cake? The performance of Ray Porter in the audiobook!

In book 2, we have so many Bobs that I've pretty much lost track. But it doesn't matter. Each of them have their own little quirks and I'm enamored with them all.

The Bobs are now spread out over 40 light years throughout the universe and have discovered several viable planets for colonization as Earth is no longer habitable. Among
Sinisa Mikasinovic
Dennis, I hate you!

To put my emotional outburst into perspective, please, allow me to tell you a story.


This is a story of a small boy. A very happy, cheerful, boy.

Boy likes ice cream.

Boy likes ice cream so much, when mom told him they're going out to have one later, he couldn't contain his emotions and shrieked out of pure joy.

Ice creams. Bringing out our inner shrieking child since 1660.

Boy is impatient now. Boy cannot wait.

He can barely think straight, waiting for the moment to go out and g
Stevie Kincade
Firstly a moment of self congratulation, I was literally the first person aboard the Bobwagon and spread the Gospel of Bob far and wide for its brilliant premise and unique blend of humour and hard SF. I was excited to see the book develop a cult following and eagerly anticipated the sequel.

The good news is that narrator Ray Porter returns and I am convinced he is one of the absolute best narrators working today. He slides easily between drama and comedy and has that rare ability to actually sou
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, scifi
Another great adventure in the Bobiverse.

Will the growing race of Bobs settle into the role of benevolent minor deities, shepherding their biological neighbors, or head for the galactic horizon? How will their humanity be expressed now that they are starting to really understand what it means to be immortal?

Assuming, of course, that they survive the coming danger.

Can't wait for the next book.
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: space-opera
The second book of “The Bobiverse” picks up right where the first one ended, and basically it just follows the same patterns and the same story. There are a lot more of Bobs, though, and sometimes it gets a tiny little bit hard to follow them all, especially since everyone of them are operating on a different timescale.

It’s not an issue though, and in any case, all those minor nuisances are counterbalanced by the appearance of The Big Bad Yuckies (also known as a hostile, technologically advanc
Executive Summary: Another fun entry in this series. Not quite as good as the first book, but still has me looking forward to the next one.

Audiobook: Ray Porter once again does a good job here. He's speaks clearly at a good volume and with good inflection. He does a few voices, though as most of the characters are variations of Bob, he doesn't go too crazy with it.

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My one complaint with the first book was too much time with Bob 2.0, and not enough time with Bill. This book defin
Gary K Bibliophile
It had been over a year since I read We Are Legion - We Are Bob. At that time I knew nothing of the storyline. I certainly didn’t expect it to be as funny as it was. For my weird sense of humor and love of science and technology it was a pleasant surprise really.

Given my love for the first book you might think I would have jumped on the second one “For We Are Many” right away. There “Were Many” reasons I chose not too 😀 First of all - I knew this was a series and I tend to spread out my other s
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good old-fashioned space opera.

Previously on Bobiverse - our hero Bob had been unfrozen and copied into a star ship. Sent out to discover new worlds and break the Prime Directive. Now read on . . .

Bob One has the ability to build new star ships (along with many other machines), clone his computer program into them and set his clones/ships exploring the local star systems. Each new clone has the same original memories, but slightly different personalities.

Original Bob discovered intelligent human
Aug 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed book one of the Bobverse series so much I delved right into book two. Bob and his replicas are searching for habitable planets. In book one they had settled some people who had escaped from Earth onto the first two discovered habitable planets they called Vulcan and Romulan.

The book is well written and I enjoyed the dry humor and wit. The main theme is “What does it mean to be human?”. The Bobs are AI programs running on sophisticated hardware and therefore are immortal. The Bob’s pers
aPriL does feral sometimes
'For We are Many' by Dennis Taylor is book two in the Bobiverse series. I strongly recommend this series, but I must insist you begin with book one 'We Are Legion (We Are Bob)' before starting this particular science fiction novel. The first book explains what the Bobiverse is. It is a thrillride! The second book maintains the same level of energy, snark and speculative science. Gentle reader, are you aware of how rare it is that second books in a series are as good as the first in a series?

Update: Re-read january 2020 - Everything I said before is still true, it's still a fantastic continuation of Bob's story with a lot of emotional twists that where both heartwarming and heartwrenching. I love this series

-- Original review:

I absolutely adored this. I laughed, I cried, it warmed my heart and broke it in places. My only grievance is that it's too damn short for my liking. I could have read twice this and not have gotten bored.

Despite they're being over 40 Bobs by the last page, at
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