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Artificial Condition

(The Murderbot Diaries #2)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  38,442 ratings  ·  4,145 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
Hardcover, 158 pages
Published May 8th 2018 by
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Krokuskind I think you definitly should read them in order.
There is little exposition even in the first book and i imagine it would be very confusing to read the…more
I think you definitly should read them in order.
There is little exposition even in the first book and i imagine it would be very confusing to read them out of order.(less)

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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
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
Jeffrey Keeten
Oct 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
“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 long as I didn’t have to a) stop it or b) clean up after it.”

Now I am halfway through what feels
Kevin Kuhn
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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
Manuel Antão
Jun 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
David Putnam
Sep 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, funny
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
Jan 14, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: sci-fi-to-read
I am in love with Murderbot!

Definitely planning to continue with this series very soon.
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Lois Bujold
Aug 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
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.
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
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
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
TS Chan
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
I love murderbot's voice. And there are some conversations with bots that are just fantastic.
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, novella
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.

For a book
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of All Systems Red
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.

Martha Wells has created a hilarious,
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
ARTIFICIAL CONDITION is the second novella length installment of THE MURDERBOT DIARIES.

This one worked better for me than the first. I'm not going to go into the plot as the synopsis and many other reviews already do that. I just wanted to say that the humor seemed more innate this time around, which I appreciated.

Murderbot is leaRning more about the massacre that supposedly occurred, (that it partially remembers), and I am interested in learning more along with it.

I'm anxiously awaiting book
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In which Murderbot finds a friend and gets a job. I love Murderbot and its way of thinking, trying to work out what makes humans tick, trying to protect, learning to work with others. I loved the section on his developing friendship and what they could bond over. Recommended series #cyberawesomeness
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was awesome!!! I love works on theoretical suppositions about how Artificial Intelligence entities could possibly think, act and interact with other such as them, although on different levels of developments and on different basic usage platforms and different points of reference... ❤
Richard Derus
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindled
I loved it! More later.
Murderbot's shocking actions at the end of All Systems Red come into sharp focus in this excellent romp. I love Murderbot. Its journey to becoming fully sapient, instead of merely sentient, is full of the most delightful lines and aperçus:
I guess you can’t tell a story from the point of view of something that you don’t think has a point of view.
“Sometimes people do things to you that you can’t do anything about. You just have to survive it and go on.”

I can't help but
Milda Page Runner
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well, I had a blast. Perhaps not as action packed as the first book, but I find main character’s personality and voice simply irresistible. It’s amazing how easy it is to connect with and care for this shy socially awkward robot. Martha’s Wells ironic tone and subtle humour really works for me as well.
After having so much fun with the two of the Murderbot Diaries I’ve decided to check out other writer’s books.
Highly recommended.
I was trying to isolate why I felt so uneasy. Trapped in a small enclosed space with humans, check. Missing my drones, check. My Giant Asshole Research Transport too busy to complain at, check. Needed to actually focus on what I was doing so couldn’t watch media, check.

It’s been a joy to watch Murderbot’s continued struggle with being a sentient being. On the one hand trying (and choosing, actually) to protect its human clients while on the other hand still having a tendency of wanting to be
Dec 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
"I didn’t care what humans were doing to each other as long as I didn’t have to a) stop it or b) clean up after it."

Oh Murderbot, I didn't realize how much I missed you. Welcome back everyone, to the second Murderbot Diaries novella, staring my absolute favorite misanthropic construct. Murderbot, despite its name, actually does very little murdering and really just comes off as an introvert who would rather stay home and watch soap operas (space soap operas of course), but instead gets stuck in
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Martha Wells has written many fantasy novels, including The Books of the Raksura series (beginning with The Cloud Roads), the Ile-Rien series (including The Death of the Necromancer) as well as YA fantasy novels, short stories, media tie-ins (for Star Wars and Stargate: Atlantis), and non-fiction. Her most recent fantasy novel is The Harbors of the Sun in 2017, the final novel in The Books of the ...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.” 40 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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