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Fugitive Telemetry by Martha Wells

Murderbot is back and lands right in the middle of what amounts to a locked room mystery, but on a space station. If it’s Murderbot, I’m in!

Preservation Station becomes the scene of a crime and our favorite SecUnit is hired on as a consultant to station security to help solve it. Between trying to overcome flat out racism, (or er, SecUnitism), trying to protect its charges on the station and trying to solve the mystery of a dead traveler, Murderbot has its hands full and would rather just relax and watch more episodes of Sanctuary Moon. Will Murderbot be able to solve the mystery and go back to watching its feeds? You’ll have to read this to find out!

I admit to being a bit confused at first because last I knew Murderbot was supposed to be working with ART. Because of that it took me a little while to get into this story, and to be honest, this felt more like an earlier Murderbot tale, now being told out of place.

Even though I enjoyed this entry in the series, it felt more like filler than the previous books. I was looking forward to the relationship between ART and our SecUnit being filled out more, but here it felt like we were looking back instead.

Even so, this was an entertaining read, because Murderbot is full of sarcasm and wit, and seems more and more human every time I read more about it. I’ll be continuing the series, but I just didn’t come out of this read as excited as I was going into it.

Thank you to Tor and NetGalley for the e-ARC of this novella in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!

Fugitive Telemetry Book Cover Fugitive Telemetry
The Murderbot Diaries #6
Martha Wells
Science Fiction
Tordoctcom
04/27/2021
E-Arc
172
NetGalley

The New York Times bestselling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn't admit it!) is back in Fugitive Telemetry!

Having captured the hearts of readers across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it's "one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read") Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of today.

No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!

Again!

The New York Times bestselling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn't admit it!) is back in Fugitive Telemetry!

Having captured the hearts of readers across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it's "one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read") Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of today.

No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!

Again!

 

The New York Times bestselling security droid with a heart (though it wouldn't admit it!) is back in Fugitive Telemetry!

Having captured the hearts of readers across the globe (Annalee Newitz says it's "one of the most humane portraits of a nonhuman I've ever read") Murderbot has also established Martha Wells as one of the great SF writers of today.

No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!

Again!

A new standalone adventure in the New York Times-bestselling, Hugo and Nebula Award winning series!

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