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Artificial Condition

(The Murderbot Diaries #2)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  58,343 ratings  ·  6,046 reviews
It has a dark past – one in which a number of humans were killed. A past that caused it to christen itself “Murderbot”.

But it has only vague memories of the massacre that spawned that title, and it wants to know more.

Teaming up with a Research Transport vessel named ART (you don’t want to know what the “A” stands for), Murderbot heads to the mining facility where it went r
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"I was stalling. I would have to interact with humans as an augmented human... I had imagined it as taking place from a distance, or in the spaces of a crowded transit ring. Interacting meant talking, and eye contact. I could already feel my performance capacity dropping."

It was with anticipation of pleasure that I picked up the second installment in the Murderbot series. After its thrilling adventures on its last expedition as a SecUnit, I was curious to see what 'Bot would do with freedom. I r
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
All the stars! ART the spaceship transport AI is not to be missed. An awesome sequel to the Nebula award-winning “All Systems Red.” I liked it even better than the first book, and this one was nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards. Review first posted on Fantasy Literature:

The illicit adventures of Murderbot continue in Artificial Condition, the terrific sequel to Martha Wells’ 2017 Nebula award-winning novella, All Systems Red. Murderbot, a deeply introverted cyborg security unit, or Se
2021 re-read # 567993: I love these books so much. Murderbot and ART are the dream team.
2020 read # 1:
“For my entire existence, at least the parts I could remember, I had done nothing but accept the inevitable. I was tired of it.”
Dear Murderbot,

If I promise that we can spend quality time just sitting quietly together, me reading and you watching your space soap operas, and I won’t be bugging you much, can we please be friends?
“I didn’t care what humans were doing to each other as l
Elle (ellexamines)
I said, “Sometimes people do things to you that you can't do anything about. You just have to survive it and go on.”
They all stopped talking and stared at me. It made me nervous and I immediately switched my view to the nearest security camera so I could watch us from the side. I had said it with more emphasis than I intended, but it was just the way things were. I wasn't sure why it had such an impact on them. Maybe it sounded like I knew what I was talking about. Maybe it was the two m
Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
The good news is that I still love Murderbot and that I now also love ART.

The bad news is that I unfortunately didn't like this book as much as the first one. I couldn't get into the story until half way through it.

I still very much look forward to reading the next awkward adventures of Murderbot though!
These Murderbot Diaries are quickly becoming a go-to popcorn SF read for me. I love killer robots as much as the next bloke, but I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for this one.

It's not just the hundreds of hours this mass-murder-capable robot pours into his/her SF soap opera binge-watching time. It's not the kinds of situations that make it need to pretend to be human among all the myriad prejudices AGAINST mass-murder-capable robots.

It's the candid conversations with pissed-off robot car
Apr 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tor-novellas
Humans should really do more research. There were operating manuals that would have warned her not to fuck with us.

All Systems Red lit the fuse, this one exploded. i am now fully on team murderbot.

murrrrrderbotttt—saving pesky humans from their foolhardiness, giving sexbots some dang agency, and dispensing hard-won life lessons along the way:

“Sometimes people do things to you that you can't do anything about. You just have to survive it and go on.”

it's exhausting being a murderbot on the lam—p
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-to-read
In Artificial Condition, the second installment of The Murderbot Diaries, we reunite with everyone's favorite antisocial SecUnit, Murderbot.

As you may recall from All Systems Red, Murderbot has no memory of its past and is curious about an incident at a mining facility which left a lot of humans dead.

With only vague recollections of that time, it has a strong desire to know more and how it may have been involved.

Recently setting out on its own, with no ties to any human, it now has the time to
Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
”When constructs were first developed, they were originally supposed to have a pre-sentient level of intelligence, like the dumber variety of bot. But you can’t put something as dumb as a hauler bot in charge of security for anything without spending even more money for expensive company-employed human supervisors. So they made us smarter. The anxiety and depression were side effects.”

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The SecUnit, the hero of our continuing saga, has enough intelligence to start to suffer from a mild form of
Kevin Kuhn
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is novella two in the Muderbot Diaries. I enjoyed it just as much as the first novella. Once again, the strength of the story comes from the characterizations of non-humans. The story itself, almost feels like a side question. After the events of the first book, Muderbot wants to return to the scene of a human massacre that it may have played a role in. However, in order to gain access to the surface, Murderbot signs on with a group that has their own challenges and conflict. In it’s introv ...more
David Putnam
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Artificial Condition Sept. 2020
I really love this series, this the second book I’ve read. There is something about the murderbot who loves watching space operas in its spare time that is intriguing. The voice of the murderbot is always consistent and the writing craft is excellent. This book started off a little slow. The conflict wasn’t set until page 37 and during the 37 pages there is very little forward motion in the story. But once I got over that hump the story really took off. The plot re
Lex Kent
4.25 Stars. I just love this series! This is only my third Murderbot story, including the prequel, and I'm completely hooked already. I needed a little pallet cleanser away from the books I've been reading -ARC's- and this was a perfect chocie since it was a quick but very good read. The badass murderbot with a heart of gold, although Murderbot would never admit it, is a character that is so easy to like. Add in the first appearance of ART, and this a fun read. It is so tempting to read the next ...more
Manuel Antão
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Star-gazing SecUnits: “Artificial Condition - The MurderBot Diaries 2” by Martha Wells

“But you may have noticed that for a terrifying murderbot I fuck up a lot.”

In “Artificial Condition - The MurderBot Diaries 2” by Martha Wells

The very unfamiliarity of SF is one of its attractions for me. It slows down the reading and speeds up the need to think, both within and across books (intertextuality). Familiarity, similarity? Try reading thes
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: funny, sci-fi
I love Murderbot!
What's not to love about a depressed, soap-opera watching, socially awkward, killing machine?

People are nervous of me because I'm a terrifying murderbot, and I'm nervous of them because they're humans.

This book is a continuation of our robot-with-low-self-esteem's story. Murderbot has decided to go back to where it first decided to name itself 'Murderbot'. On the way, it makes a new friend - a sentient space ship that Murderbot names ART, an acronym for Asshole Research Tran
May 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When we first met the SecUnit Murderbot in Martha Wells’ “All System’s Red”, it had already hacked its governor module, which is ostensibly in place to prevent it from going on a kill-happy rampage. In truth, it had already (apparently) gone on said rampage when it was “under control”, and only hacked the module so it wouldn’t happen again (and so it could have unfettered access to the entertainment feeds).
When “Artificial Condition” opens, Murderbot has won a dubious kind of freedom thanks to
Lois Bujold
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction readers
Recommended to Lois by: continued from previous rock
As I was advised, a most excellent continuation and further adventure of fellow trufan Murderbot, following "All Systems Red". But read the first novella first.

Ta, L.
Em Lost In Books
May 06, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: awards, 4-star, 2021, 2010-19
I want my very own Murderbot and ART!
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murderbot is a security robot (aka Secbot or Secunit). Murderbot is a name it gave itself after being involved years ago in a massacre of the humans it was supposed to be guarding on a remote mining moon. Murderbot is part human material with a lot of augmented mechanization. Murderbot hacked it's own control governor module to allow Murderbot to not be programmatically controlled. Murderbot likes nothing more than download and stream hours of media, mostly human serial dramas, to relieve its bo ...more
Robin (Bridge Four)
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I blew through this the second time around too. ART you are da bomb!

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I thought Murderbot all on their own was great in the first book, but then they teamed up with a semi-sentient ship better known to the reader as ART or (Asshole Research Transport) and everything was even better.

Our favorite Cyborg SecUnit self titled Murderbot has left the travelers from the last book to set out on their own to find more
Nov 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
2021 reread:

Bumping this up to four stars. I had been complaining about a lack of relevant plot the first time around. And while this might be true, to some extent, this time it didn't bother me at all. Because I've been right about something else - it is better to read these novellas back to back. This second one really is more about Murderbot's inner journey than whatever happens during its return to the site of one of its previous assignments. Although, I did care much more about what happens
May 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Martha Wells's fantastic sci-fi novella Artificial Condition was a worthy sequel to the equally awesome All Systems Red. This series is everything an AI sci-fi story should be and then some! It was thought provoking but also entertaining and engaging.

Wells's sci-fi world of corporations gone wild in a space faring future is both interesting and excellent but just like the first book Murderbot was the true star of the show. Our favourite grumpy, socially anxious, security bot is the story's only
Second part of the Murderbot Diaries as good as the first

I've got a new favorite science fiction writer. Martha Wells is splendid! Her world building is completely satisfying. The character of the SecUnit or Murderbot is so engaging. It is part human and part machine, but completely real in its belief in its fighting abilities, its uncomfortable feelings about emotions, and its protectiveness of nice humans.
J.L.   Sutton
Oct 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murderbot! Books 1 & 2 of Martha Wells's amazing sci-fi adventure series. | Bookshelf Fantasies

It's hard not to like Murderbot. Martha Wells' second installment of the Murderbot Diaries, Artificial Condition, picks up where All Systems Red ends. This is another fun read about our rogue murderbot with its love for media, especially a space (soap) opera entitled "Sanctuary Moon." In All Systems Red, Murderbot interacts with and protects a team of scientists. While it takes on a new mission with scientists in Artificial Condition, the most interesting interactions are with other AI. Lots and
TS Chan
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-review-copy
I received an advanced reading copy from in exchange for an honest review.

4.5 stars.

An awesome sequel to All Systems Red, Artificial Condition pumps up the fun and action.

Before I continue, I maintain that our genderless robotic main protagonist sounded female in my mind and hence, I will refer to it as she. Our sardonic SecUnit decided to return to the mining planet where a prior incident culminated in her self-christening as Murderbot, with the intention to investigate the real cause
Niki Hawkes - The Obsessive Bookseller
Niki's Narrative Novella Review [Part 2/4]: My feelings going into AC were tentative optimism. After all, sequels are never as good as the first, right? So if this could hold up to even 75% on how much I enjoyed All Systems Red, then I’d be good. The first few chapters were slowly paced and I really enjoyed reimmursing into Murderbot’s brain. Wells even had me laughing early on with MB’s interaction with a new character. And then the plot thickened and we were on our way to answering some questi ...more
Rachel (Kalanadi)
1st read: Thrilled I got to read this a bit early - more thoughts closer to the publication date. I loved this just as much as the first one, though I did miss Murderbot's first crew. But I really enjoyed the new characters here... clearly Murderbot and ART are just the tip of the non-human iceberg... much more is going on with bots' and constructs' abilities than the average human in this world knows!

2nd read: Still good, I love ART even more.
Spencer Orey
Jul 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love murderbot's voice. And there are some conversations with bots that are just fantastic. ...more
Althea | themoonwholistens ☾
Apr 18, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fluffy warm sci-fi novella
I'm so invested in Murderbot's adventures~

↣ It's witty, action-packed, and Martha Wells' mastery in writing Murderbot's characterization is endearing while still feeling incredibly humanized. Highly recommend if you are looking for an easy Adult Sci Fi read packed with a lot of substance and action that highlights a character that you'll surely feel for.

“It would it harder for me not to pretend to be a person.”

— overall thoughts: 4.25 —

I enjoyed the plot a lot more compared to the first b
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of All Systems Red
One of my top 10 books of 2020!

This review contains spoilers for All Systems Red.

I’m two books in and The Murderbot Diaries is already shaping up to be one of my favorite series of all time. Artificial Condition was everything I could have possibly hoped for and more from a sequel to All Systems Red, which was one of my top ten favorite books in 2019. It’s only February, but I think it’s safe to speculate that Artificial Condition has secured a spot among my top ten favorite books in 2020.

May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novella, sci-fi
I just adore this series. I had so much reading this second book and cannot wait for the last two books to be released. Martha Wells has created a wonderfully vivid world here, with a character at its core that is brilliant, funny, and relatable – and a murderbot. Murderbot is the main draw to this series of novellas: a rogue bot who pretends to not care about anything but its soap operas, it nevertheless cannot help but help other people on its way to solve the mysteries of its past.

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Martha Wells has been an SF/F writer since her first fantasy novel was published in 1993, and her work includes The Books of the Raksura series, The Death of the Necromancer, the Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy, The Murderbot Diaries series, media tie-ins for Star Wars, Stargate: Atlantis, and Magic: the Gathering, as well as short fiction, YA novels, and non-fiction. She has won a Nebula Award, two Hug ...more

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“I said, "Sometimes people do things to you that you can't do anything about. You just have to survive it and go on.” 64 likes
“ART said, What does it want?

To kill all the humans, I answered.

I could feel ART metaphorically clutch its function. If there were no humans, there would be no crew to protect and no reason to do research and fill its databases. It said, That is irrational.

I know, I said, if the humans were dead, who would make the media? It was so outrageous, it sounded like something a human would say.”
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