Book Club: February 2018

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Greetings, Guardians!

The poll has been closed and we’re looking to discuss We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis Taylor this month. Conversation can be found in the comments section below, so hopefully this little trial run will be a bit easier to follow along than in the slightly more chaotic live chat.

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One thought on “Book Club: February 2018

  1. Sadly wasn’t able to get a copy of this book – but wanted to kick off a thread here for those who have, to get your feedback.

    Book blurb is as follows:

    “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 A.I. in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high, no less than 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 for sabotage. 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. The way to get there is to do what the State wants. But to get to that point he will have to survive everything from foreign saboteurs to guerilla raids. If he manages to live through launch day, there’s still a good chance the other probes will be armed and focused on eliminating competition the old-fashioned way.

    And Bob will find out that the universe contains entities even more unfriendly than the competing probes.”

    Sounds amazingly entertaining – combined with the reviews that I’ve seen of the main character being described as a super-rational and creative thinker that always has a quip on hand for every situation…and an undying optimism, no matter the situation.

    Looking forward to seeing/hearing the thoughts of everyone who did get a chance to dive into the book!!

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