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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) [PDF] ✩ We Are Legion (We Are Bob) By Dennis E. Taylor – Thomashillier.co.uk Alternate Cover Edition can be found here 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 Alternate Cover Edition can be found here 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 We Are Kindle - 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.

  • Kindle Edition
  • 383 pages
  • We Are Legion (We Are Bob)
  • Dennis E. Taylor
  • English
  • 06 March 2018

About the Author: Dennis E. Taylor

I am a retired computer programmer, an enthusiastic snowboarder, and an inveterate science fiction readerAnd, apparently, an author now Did not see that coming.



10 thoughts on “We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

  1. Kevin Kelsey Kevin Kelsey says:

    A conceptually broad, fun, light hearted science fiction romp It has the same sarcastic tone utilized in Old Man s War or The Martian, and reads very much like the first section of a longer book I wasn t crazy about the storytelling, and I thought it got a little bogged down with tedium in the second half, but it is undeniably fun.If you turn off the literary analysis corner of your brain, you ll enjoy the romp with great concepts.

  2. Stevie Kincade Stevie Kincade says:

    Audiobook What a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be When I saw this audiobook I thought it might have been a self published Church of the Subgenius tribute SF It s not I clicked on it and the synopsis sounded interesting When I searched for it on Goodreads it had a grand total of zero reviews In the 2 weeks it took me to put it on my phone and get around to listening to it, several reviews have popped up, so it looks like the Bobiverse might be catching on somewhat With a titl Audiobook What a pleasant surprise this book turned out to be When I saw this audiobook I thought it might have been a self published Church of the Subgenius tribute SF It s not I clicked on it and the synopsis sounded interesting When I searched for it on Goodreads it had a grand total of zero reviews In the 2 weeks it took me to put it on my phone and get around to listening to it, several reviews have popped up, so it looks like the Bobiverse might be catching on somewhat With a title like We are Legion We are Bob Bobiverse Book 1 Great title I was expecting a light, comedy Sci Fi We are Legion is actually something of a tweener It is mostly a very clever hard Science Fiction, with elements of a First Contact adventure and a nice seasoning of comedy Don t go in expecting the next Hitchhiker s guide and I promised you won t be disappointed.In the opening of the book our titular Bob is in Vegas for a Science convention Bob is a nerd who likes Science and Star Trek and owns a software company While in Vegas, Bob is convinced by a Sales critter that he shouldn t pay to have his whole body cryogenically frozen He argues that in the future the technology will exist to grow Bob a whole new body, so Bob agrees upon his death to have his head removed and frozen What has he got to lose Smash cut to THE FUTURE where Bob wakes up in a theocracy I got my first big laugh when Bob immediately accepts his strange new reality, as opposed toevery other bookwhere our protagonist would spend pages telling themselves they are on drugs or have a brain tumour From the Synopsis 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 So a story where a contemporary human is turned into an AI and has AI like abilities, while familiar is already pretty interesting to me The fact that Dennis E Taylor wants to tell the story of a modern human becoming a self replicatingVon Neumann probeopens up the entire universe and allows the reader to experience it from a perspective we understand and can relate to the lovable geek.One of the things I loved about this book was all of the research and effort Taylor took to get the Science right The lecture Bob attends in Vegas called Exploring the Galaxy is frequently quoted to remind us that this concept is grounded in Science Eventually the entire universe will be explored by self replicating probes Combining this idea with a relatable human personality was a brilliant premise and I can t wait to see where the series goes.I hate to keep bashing this book, but the best reviewed Comedy Science Fiction of 2016 is Mechanical Failure by Joe Zieja Zieja goes for a laugh a minute and ends up inducing a groan a minute He comes up with the joke first, then contrives the plot to deliver the joke We are Legion has a strong plot and manages to be funny along the way It doesn t try too hard There are plenty of pop culture references and maybe a few too many Star Trek and Star Wars jokes but it never goes over the top Bob s behaviour is pretty believable for someone put in his position.Here is an example joke from We are Legion Noting someone s cowardly tendencies Bob describes them as likeBill Paxton s character in Aliens Then a page or 2 later after finding out the guy is not a complete wuss he saysI mentally upgraded him to Michael Biehn Now this made me laugh out loud but if you didn t like the joke, at least it was delivered in a way where you weren t taken out of the story and shaking your head going I also must congratulate Taylor on delivering the first actually funny Australian joke I have read.My minor criticisms of the book would be It seemed like Bob should have woken up 1000 years in the future not 100 Somedetail on how the world ended up a crazy theocracy would have been interesting, although the Cliff Notes version was fun I m not sure that either narrator Ray Porter or Taylor knew exactly what to do with Homer view spoiler He s kinda dumb but kinda smart Some sort of defective Bob might have been interesting I think of the Simpsons episode where all Homer s sperm bang into each other saying Doh I guess Homer is just a Bob who liked The Simpsons but didn t really sound like him Not too sure hide spoiler and I thought some of the Chapters ended a little awkwardly.Narrator Ray Porter did a good job, never overdoing or underselling the jokes His Admiral Ackbar was a running gag and Colonel Buttersworth was fun He got a few laughs out of me just by going deadpan at the right times This was a highly enjoyable audiobook.When I think of my favourite books of 2016 that have sequels coming next year, The highbrow masterpiece Too like the lightning and political thriller of the future Infomocracy are first and foremost While completely different I have to put Bobiverse Book 2 on my list I must know what happens to the Deltans and the Bobs If you were looking for something light and fun with a surprisingly good story you could do a lot worse then spending 10 hours with Bob Praise Bob

  3. J.L. Sutton J.L. Sutton says:

    Belly laughs are one of the best things about being sentient, and you should never miss a chance for one Fantastic to have my book club discuss We Are Legion It gave me a chance to reread this book and enjoy it all over again And then talk about the Prime Directive 2017 So much geeky fun In addition to all the seemingly effortless tie ins to all that is nerdy, Dennis Taylor s We Are Legion has a solid story both about humanity colonizing the stars and the nature of humanity itself This Belly laughs are one of the best things about being sentient, and you should never miss a chance for one Fantastic to have my book club discuss We Are Legion It gave me a chance to reread this book and enjoy it all over again And then talk about the Prime Directive 2017 So much geeky fun In addition to all the seemingly effortless tie ins to all that is nerdy, Dennis Taylor s We Are Legion has a solid story both about humanity colonizing the stars and the nature of humanity itself This was an easy and fast paced read You may have already read Kim Stanley Robinson s excellent Mars trilogy Robinson s view on mankind reaching out to the stars seems solid Even with its ludicrous science fiction references, could We Are Legion be just as plausible A second read from me thinks it well might be Still loads of fun

  4. Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin says:

    I loved Bob, er, the Bob s I can tell you right now, if I would have woken up like Bob did I would have freaked and they would have pulled the plug I loved the journey through space and all that happened, well mostly Longer review later

  5. Bradley Bradley says:

    I m jumping on the Bobwagon here I love the light tone throughout and the geek humor mostly relegated to names one AI clone gives to oneself when faced with a profundity of oneself Riker Number 2 Of course But the rest is just a fantastic ride of popular references and snark, right, Admiral Akbar Seriously, that was just one of the coolest things in the novel but the next runner up has got to be the effortless way we start colonizing the galaxy with each replicant, going back to Earth, ex I m jumping on the Bobwagon here I love the light tone throughout and the geek humor mostly relegated to names one AI clone gives to oneself when faced with a profundity of oneself Riker Number 2 Of course But the rest is just a fantastic ride of popular references and snark, right, Admiral Akbar Seriously, that was just one of the coolest things in the novel but the next runner up has got to be the effortless way we start colonizing the galaxy with each replicant, going back to Earth, exploring the star systems, finding aliens, and of course fighting one little pernicious Brazilian who is racing Bob among the stars and who happens to be a rather dedicated idiot.Oh, humanity is practically wiped out At least he still has his mission Sheesh.While this is a light book, it s full of great voice and activity and comradeship between oneself Truly surprising just how much we can argue with ourself when we have a whole universe to grow within I m trying to find fault with Arthur, but I just can t.This is delicious SF fun and I have to say it s totally accessible for anyone It may be appreciatedby geeks, however

  6. Mario the lone bookwolf Mario the lone bookwolf says:

    This is one of these novels that make people ask themselves why nobody before had this magnificent idea All fragments and ideas where there, they just had to be put together to such a great story I have seen this setting in many Sci Fi novels, but never as the driving force for a series It must be extremely difficult to write a novel out of such a confining perspective and still integrate so much suspension and wit into it.This way of immortality always leads me to the question of why people This is one of these novels that make people ask themselves why nobody before had this magnificent idea All fragments and ideas where there, they just had to be put together to such a great story I have seen this setting in many Sci Fi novels, but never as the driving force for a series It must be extremely difficult to write a novel out of such a confining perspective and still integrate so much suspension and wit into it.This way of immortality always leads me to the question of why people tend to believe that death has to be an integral part of society There is a great video about this topichttps www.youtube.com watch v C25qzand as always it seems as if the stupidity of faith leads people to the belief that it is so desirable to suffer and die It is also unique because the main protagonist stumbles in a plethora of Sci Fi settings that are usually solved by a larger group of individuals or with a strict order, not just one person with the possibility to decide nearly anything alone So all the settings for philosophical, ethical, political, implications pop up and open room for homages and, and that s the trigger in this novel, new ideas It shows the immense potential of the Sci Fi tropes around mind uploading and thereby induced immortality and personality splitting cloning and especially the potential of mind uploading for thousands of years of space travel what might probably be the first option, because it might take much longer, hopefully not forever, to get physical immortality without resident eviling the world population.But it is not und will not be forever, just a question of time To be a part of a hive mind, an entity, to be a single entity or used by evil forces, all of these options are better than to vanish forever Living happily ever after forever with all loved ones could be an option too, but a terrible boring topic for a book Tropes show how literature is conceived and which mixture of elements makes works and genres unique

  7. Lindsay Lindsay says:

    If you liked the genius inventive loner engineer of The Martian and you also liked the amazing universe building and rambling episodic nature of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet then you re probably going to love this book.Bob is a newly minted tech millionaire Bob has also just signed up to be cryogenically frozen in the event of his death Which is a really good thing because his death is in 3 2 uh oh.Bob is an AI replicant based on a brain scan of frozen tech millionaire Bob If you liked the genius inventive loner engineer of The Martian and you also liked the amazing universe building and rambling episodic nature of The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet then you re probably going to love this book.Bob is a newly minted tech millionaire Bob has also just signed up to be cryogenically frozen in the event of his death Which is a really good thing because his death is in 3 2 uh oh.Bob is an AI replicant based on a brain scan of frozen tech millionaire Bob s brain Bob s also a pop culture junky, incredibly brilliant and other than the loss of everything and everyone he knows, pretty happy to be an AI and evenhappy to find out that he s going to be the piloting AI of a self replicating interstellar von Neumann probe.But after his launch the responsibility on his head s is immense He has to find colony worlds for humanity, deal with armed crazy rivals, deal with potential alien life and maybe save humanity itself.This was great The situation that the Bobs find themselves in are SF staples and the multitudes of himself allow the book to investigate all of them The Bobiverse is a rich universe filled with danger and wonder and quite a lot of Bob.There s no great character development, although the plot is fascinating and most of the Bobs are a lot of fun to read about Highly recommended and I d give it 4.5 stars and I m rounding up because of how much I enjoyed it Be warned though, if the Martian was not to your taste, I doubt that this one will be either

  8. Philip Philip says:

    2.5ish stars A fun and funny but unspectacular space opera elevated by a clever narrating voice s and unique set up.It could just be that I m burned out on space opera right now but I just didn t enjoy this as much as I was hoping to I expected it to be hysterically comical, but even with the geeky pop culture allusions and the endless wit of the great and powerful bobs, I never made it past a good chortle Alright, except for anytime GUPPI said anything Love that guy By your command It w 2.5ish stars A fun and funny but unspectacular space opera elevated by a clever narrating voice s and unique set up.It could just be that I m burned out on space opera right now but I just didn t enjoy this as much as I was hoping to I expected it to be hysterically comical, but even with the geeky pop culture allusions and the endless wit of the great and powerful bobs, I never made it past a good chortle Alright, except for anytime GUPPI said anything Love that guy By your command It was good and well written but didn t have a singular story line to get invested in or excited about throughout the novel I thought it was pretty standard fare with some cool ideas thrown in Without the bobs it would have been a little dull and even with them it wasn t remarkable Ray Porter does a pretty awesome job on audio I love the subtleties between each of the bobs, he does a great job with all of the accents And again GUPPI Fantastic If you re interested in the book, definitely look into the audiobook.Posted in Mr Philip s Library

  9. Ivan Ivan says:

    4.5 stars I gotthan I expected from this one I honestly expected this too besilly, maybe along the lines of Erikson s Willful child Don t get me wrong this is still funny book but it switty and smartass kind with lot of pop culture references and there where times I was grinning like mad with few laugh out loud moments but it s all backed by some real science and story It s hard to tell what is meat and what are bones of this novel Humor, pop culture references and hard sc 4.5 stars I gotthan I expected from this one I honestly expected this too besilly, maybe along the lines of Erikson s Willful child Don t get me wrong this is still funny book but it switty and smartass kind with lot of pop culture references and there where times I was grinning like mad with few laugh out loud moments but it s all backed by some real science and story It s hard to tell what is meat and what are bones of this novel Humor, pop culture references and hard sci fi parts are intertwined into singular, cohesive whole Story is also reason why this isn t getting full 5 stars or pacing to beprecise In second half of the book story branches into multiple paths with several PoVs all of which are Bobs and pace slows down significantly All of the storylines are interesting but at few points they are just too slow It s also important to note that pretty much everything is left unresolved It doesn t necessarily end with cliffhanger but every story arc is left wide open Bob and later Bobs is great character I m glad that trend of geeks being presented as socially unadapted idiots like in tv show The Big bang theory is dying Original Bob is introvert geek, but he is also pragmatic smartass and other Bobs arethan just variations They are personalities of their own and each PoV has it s own unique flavor.Overall great read Fun and funny hard sci fi, with some very smart, laugh out loud and nerdgasm moments

  10. carol. carol. says:

    I like Bob I ve been swimming with him in Master s Swim Club for four or five years He is always on time, always ready to work, and has the enviable ability the result of decades as an accountant of being able to keep track of yardage and time sets He is also the only one who reliably plays The Pun Game with me, until I laugh so hard I can t swim He is a genuinely nice guy, and always up for a dark beer after practice But you have to be careful about sitting with him when you drink tha I like Bob I ve been swimming with him in Master s Swim Club for four or five years He is always on time, always ready to work, and has the enviable ability the result of decades as an accountant of being able to keep track of yardage and time sets He is also the only one who reliably plays The Pun Game with me, until I laugh so hard I can t swim He is a genuinely nice guy, and always up for a dark beer after practice But you have to be careful about sitting with him when you drink that beer, because when he gets going on a story, and even with alcohol, it ll be enough to put you to sleep You can tell he means to be interesting, but the dry delivery and too many irrelevant details leave people glassy eyed We Are Legion is definitely a Bob story The narrator Bob is an engineer who as been cryogenically preserved and transferred into an A.I Taylor has captured the voice of an analyst perfectly Here s Bob during one of those times he is unaware his audience s eyes are glazing over We would then coast the rest of the way to the area of the Brazilian autofactory at close to 13% of the speed of light, separated by a few minutes to allow a staggered attack At that speed, there would be no turning around for a second pass in any reasonable time It took a week to get out to 50 AU, but only five days of straight acceleration to get into the Alpha Centauri A system At a predetermined point, I ejected two scouts forward using the rail gun Sometimes Bob is funny, particularly in the one liner kind of way I recognized Dr Landers voice The word was missiles Um Ways in which a sentence beginning with the word missiles could be a good thing Nope I got nuthin and It blew me away that almost two hundred years after Shatner first famously didn t actually say, Beam me up, Scotty, people still knew Star Trek Now that s a franchise Eventually Bob the A.I reaches the skies, and the story telling fragments around four plot lines vaguest of spoilers follow One, whether or not anyone on Earth is still alive after the war that launched Bob The second, Bob s quest to seek out new habitable planets for humanity Three, engagement with the other Bob like technologies and four, the discovery of sentient races Since Bob has cloned himself but allowed for small variations in personality factors, each of these viewpoints is slightly different Not different enough, however, largely because inter Bob dialogue consists of smart ass remarks and saying things like, Hey, Gherkin Miss me Not from this range Want to place a bet Goku s tone was light, but I knew he was irritated Because, well, I would have been Bite me Did you look over the pics I sent While I give Taylor points for creative concept, there are two significant problems with the narrative One, the aforementioned story telling challenge The second is that since Bob is virtually eternal and omnipotent, the book feels like a slightly amusing history teacher recounting The History of Things On the upside, at least one of the four plot lines is bound to satisfy a sci fi itch, whether it s colonization, alien races, space fights, or the mechanics of exploration The omnipotence took away a large measure of suspense the only issue was whether or not a Bob would be able to 3 D print to meet a time deadline I ll also note that there are quite a few ansibles developed in this book the solution Ursula LeGuin created in her worlds for interstellar communications But since there were so many convenient but implausible discoveries meant that I never really doubted a solution would appear.My actual reading experience went like this I d pick up the book, read for a while, get sleepy or interrupted and put it down I would feel absolutely no urge to pick it up again, and actually read at least two other books during that time When I picked it up again, I d read steadily until interruption, and then set it down for a few days It wasn t until about 70% that I really found myself invested in finishing the book.Ultimately, there are too many stories, too surface a view, too little suspense, coated in Friends type one liners when it isn t delving into the science of mining or 3 D printing as noted with the alien race, Bob is definitely not into biology and has only rudimentary ecology I think for me, it boiled down to character Bob isn t nearly as funny as he thinks he is and insufficient depth with some really complex sci fi material the philosophy of trying to save a race Exterminate other A.I.s Create an artificial body Any single storyline would have deserved its own book.I like Bob, I really do He s a genuinely nice guy who is enthusiastic about his passions and works hard to be successful But he really needs to work on his story telling ability, or at the very least, buy his listenersbeer

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