We Are Legion

We Are Legion

(we Are Bob)

Book - 2017
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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.
Publisher: [Stevens Point, WI] : [Worldbuilders Press], 2017.
ISBN: 9781680680584
Branch Call Number: F TAYLOR
Characteristics: 299 pages ; 23 cm.
Alternative Title: We are Bob


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Sep 10, 2019

Makes the same errors in character formation and development that fault The Martian and Ready Player One. Instead of adequately formed characters, the Bobs are just almagams of nerd humor and sarcasm. Hardcore nerds will gobble this up as they did those two previous novels, without missing a thing. Where it benefits over those forebears is in setting: the sequels have an entire galaxy in which to play. Finally, the plot was just a series of problems to be overcome without much else to care about. The author seems to have self-published his novel, and I'm not surprised it wasn't purchased by an established imprint.

Aug 07, 2019

I was a bit put off by tone the book takes with religion at first, but fortunately the book quickly moves on from that and jumps into a fascinating, humorous adventure told from a quirky point of view. I love watching the protagonist competently solve each problem, and do so with a nerdy and light-hearted flare.

Dec 20, 2018

Recommended by Josh

IndyPL_SteveB Nov 16, 2018

Goofy, geeky SF/computer/survival novel. Funny and thoughtful at the same time. The first of three books, and you will want all three.

Computer programmer Robert Johansson goes into cryonics storage after an accident. A century later he is woken up, but as an artificial intelligence recreation of Bob Johansson – he’s now a computer mind. Bob becomes part of a space program and a copy of his mind is sent on a probe to the stars. As he heads out, he is able to break the programming that locked him in and becomes independent. Once he makes it to his first star system, he makes more “Bobs” so he can explore further and protect himself.

Part of the fun for the reader or listener is to keep track of the various Bobs, watching them try to figure out how to converse with each other and talk each other into things. When everyone is “Bob”, who is in charge? Each one feels like he is the original, of course. More of the fun is intellectual, sort of like the book and film, *The Martian* by Andy Weir. The Bobs have to use science and creativity to solve all sorts of problems, both of loneliness and survival.

If you can listen to the audio book, read by the excellent Ray Porter, it might even be better. . Porter has exactly the right sarcastic tone to convey the original Bob’s thoughts and then modifies his voice enough to give each new Bob his own distinctive sound. Fun, fun, fun.

Nov 08, 2018

What a slog. I really don't understand the high ratings. Of course people have different tastes, and some will love a work that others hate, but the reviews seemed so far off from what I read that I was compelled to double check I had the same book.

Some fun ideas and the concept could have been brilliant but it's written in a manner that is the epitome of telling instead of showing. It's alternates between juvenile and mind-numbingly bland, completely devoid of emotion or anything remotely compelling. Even when really cool and interesting things are happening, nothing cool or interesting is described--i.e., "... It was the first extra-solar planet I'd ever seen. I would never have this particular experience again. I took a few moments to savor the excitement and wonder. A dozen orbits [of the planet] were sufficient for my survey."

It's basically a 300 page list with cringe-y jokes sprinkled in and very little else. I did this. I did that. I had a coffee. I did this again. "That," I said, and did it. "The butt hurt is strong in this one." I finished my coffee so I got another coffee. Time for this and that again. Woo hah. Coffee. Ad nauseam.

I'm sorry to be that person, but really just not worth the time in my opinion.

Feb 19, 2018

The predicted future is possible, if dystopian. The first few chapters are a bit slow but the action picks up fairly quickly. It's an interesting auctorial expedition that kind of reminds me of "Friday" by Heinlein combined with "Manseed" by Williamson. I read it in a couple of sittings and now have the second volume on hold, usually a sign of a good series.

Jul 13, 2017

This books starts a bit funky, but then in leaves orbit. I had a hard time putting it down!

May 07, 2017

Quite possibly the nerdiest use of Von Neumann machines I have ever seen.


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