We Are Legion (We Are Bob) by Dennis E. Taylor
Series: Bobiverse #1
Published by Worldbuilders Press on September 20, 2016
Genres: Science Fiction, Space Opera
Buy at Amazon •
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 AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the 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. 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. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad - very mad.
I adored We Are Legion. The Bobs are a lot of fun – though I prefer Bob 1.0 (or is that Bob 2.0?). I have to say, I’m really running into some great Space Operas. I have high hopes this trend will continue.
The beginning was only sightly slow but came with a little of the delicious snarky that I love almost hidden but clearly there. Bob becomes rich and then Bob dies before the first chapter is done. When Bob wakes up as an AI, the [political] climate reminded a friend of The Handmaid’s Tale. As I was reading with the snarky in mind, I actually thought of it as Trump. O_O HA!
I really enjoyed Bob’s training period as I liked watching him “learn” to be a computer (I also liked Bob’s mentor).
There are some slow sections (Archimedes!!) and some sections where things happened I didn’t agree with (Archimedes, again!!) but everything flowed pretty well for me. I was surprised to learn that I really liked the science ideas – normally that’s what bothers me the most. I liked the fact that the Bobs became different people as they were copied. The situation on Earth (when some of the Bobs come back) was…fascinating and infuriating at the same time.
This review is so vague – but I really don’t want to spoil anything as I feel that this is an adventure you don’t want spoiled. I do plan to read book two: For We are Many.