An enjoyable tale told by the SecUnit (security cyborg, designed for lethal force) assigned to a prospecting expedition investigating an unexplored planet. The team discover lethal animals that weren’t included in the advance reports and then other anomalies, which they put down to the cheapness — sorry, “fiscal prudence” — of the company licensing the expedition. But, when the (supposedly) only other expedition on the planet is annihilated, our friends, and their SecUnit, realize they have human foes to battle against.
That’s the superficial plot, but the real story is about what I’d very tentatively call the emotional evolution of the SecUnit. It calls itself Murderbot because of its ability for violence and because, on a previous assignment, someone fiddled with its controls and Continue reading