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Artificial Condition, the sequel to one of the breakout novellas of 2017, All Systems Red, returns us to the adventures of Murderbot, a human-like security android that broke the governor module used for control.

Murderbot has used the freedom to watch a lot of television during their downtime after keeping humans alive for another day.

After the events of All Systems Red, Murderbot is on a quest to find out more about their past. Murderbot got their name from a mission they assumed they failed—killing quite a few humans they were meant to protect. But the company that used to own them hushed things up and wiped Murderbot's memory of the most of the event—but not their knowledge of it. Murderbot is determined to find out the truth. Murderbot once again pairs up with some humans to gain the access they need—and gets tangled up in their very human drama while also trying not be to be discovered as not very-not-human security bot they truly are. But this time around Murderbot makes a friend! And what a friend—you may finish the story wanting more of Murderbot and their new pal on space adventures.

Last year, social media was full of people posting nothing but "MURDERBOT!" followed by five to ten heart emojis. Murderbot was truly a bot that we all saw a piece of ourselves in: anxiety; the desire to just hide away from humans and their feelings; the comfort in watching hours and hours of television. One of the best parts of this series is the way Murderbot's experience of humans hews so closely to how neurodivergent folks deal with stress and social interaction. It's hard not to empathize with Murderbot as they try to navigate all the weird human social needs and expectations. Who among us hasn't wanted a break from human interaction and found comfort in the lives and stories of fictional humans we never have to interact with?

If you loved All Systems Red, you'll want to read Artificial Condition as soon as possible. Please go read it and then come tell me how much you love Murderbot's new friends!
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