We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Bobiverse, Book 1 (Amazon)
Written by: Dennis E. Taylor
Narrated by: Ray Porter
Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
Series: Bobiverse, Book 1
Publisher: Audible Studios
Winner: Audible’s Best of 2016 – Science Fiction
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.
©2016 Dennis E. Taylor (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I heard great things about this funny scifi book. Not knowing any more than that and the assumption from the title that it would have some kind of A.I. named Bob, I was greatly surprised to see exactly why this book has such strong reviews. It is hilarious and increasingly clever as we see how the A.I. is born and how he’ll spread across the galaxy. I won’t spoil any more. I highly recommend anyone who’s remotely interested by the idea to give it a shot. The narrator is one of my favorites and really fit the fun, explorative scifi tone.