In Martha Wells’s All Systems Red, we meet Murderbot, a security droid assigned to a research team on a faraway planet. After the scientists are attacked by a creature that did not appear in survey reports, the team starts to notice discrepancies in maps and other reports. Murderbot just wants to be left alone to watch soap operas, but finds itself starting to care as corporate plots start to unwind and its team is in danger. Murderbot has managed to hack its software and become self-governing. But now that the scientists consider it to be part of the team, can it hide its secret from them?
Murderbot is the sarcastic, mass-murdering, soap-opera-addicted hero that we’re all looking for.
(Artificial Condition, the second Murderbot diary, is expected out in spring 2018.)