Published by William Morrow Paperbacks on July 22, 1998
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Jeff Winston was 43 and trapped in a tepid marriage and a dead-end job, waiting for that time when he could be truly happy, when he died.
And when he woke and he was 18 again, with all his memories of the next 25 years intact. He could live his life again, avoiding the mistakes, making money from his knowledge of the future, seeking happiness.
Until he dies at 43 and wakes up back in college again...
I don’t really know what to say other than:
1. This was so unexpected and brilliant.
2. You should read it.
3. Especially if you like time travel stuff.
4. But you should still read it even if you don’t like time travel.
*****All Systems Red by Martha Wells
Published by Tor.com on May 2, 2017
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In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.
But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.
On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid — a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.
But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.
The funnest and funniest book I’ve read in a good long while. This was a major slump buster for me, and from the very first sentence I knew – now this is something really different. There was only one thing my brain could link this to when it was trying to categorize, and that’s one of my favorite games EVER. It’s called Lifeline and it was a truly obsessive three days when I discovered that – just like it was for this book.