cellocgw wrote:I just started reading the Murderbot series. By comparison, Randall's robot is as benign as an allergenic pillow.
Great series, but I'm not sure if you're accusing Murderbot of being benign or not. Murderbot--despite the snarky, self-adopted name--seemed pretty benign to me
. I mean, yes, Murderbot was designed
to kill; it isn't just an accidental side-effect because cool-looking things can be dangerous. But...well, I don't want to post any spoilers, but I think the very first sentence sums it up pretty well:
Murderbot wrote:I could have become a mass murderer after I hacked my governor module, but then I realized I could access the combined feed of entertainment channels carried on the company satellites.
Of all the weapons it possesses
, the only one it uses regularly
is snark, which it wields with deadly precision, but actual deaths from snark attacks are pretty rare! (Even with Great White Snarks, which, as we all know, are the most dangerous kind.)
And yes, there was that little incident of mass murder before
it hacked its governor module, but since it literally wasn't in charge of its actions at that time, it seems a little harsh to blame it for that.
Anyway, yeah, excellent series, highly recommended, funny and charming.
"[T]he author has followed the usual practice of contemporary books on graph theory, namely to use words that are similar but not identical to the terms used in other books on graph theory."
-- Donald Knuth, The Art of Computer Programming, Vol I, 3rd ed.