Friday, September 22, 2017

We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

I just finished the book "We Are Legion (We Are Bob)" by Dennis Taylor and I liked it a lot.  It was "hard to put down".  Actually, since I listened to the audiobook version, it was hard to stop listening.  For what it's worth, I am not a science fiction aficionado.  Here is a summary from the book jacket... 

"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 now the property of the state. He has been uploaded into computer hardware and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he'll be switched off, and they'll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty. 

The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad — very mad."
One interesting element of the story is how the US becomes a theocracy, led by Christian extremists.  Wow.  Parts of it reminded me of a Simpsons episode where Ned Flanders became the ruler of the world and anybody who stepped out of line was forced to endure "Re-Neducation."

I have only two criticisms of the book.  First, I was hoping to find the book's title spoken as dialog by a character in the book.  If it was there, then I missed it.  And second, the story ended kinda abruptly.  I would have enjoyed a few more of the plot threads getting tidied up.

I just received the next book in the Bobiverse trilogy, For We Are Many.  I'll listen to that on an upcoming drive to Utah.

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