marthawells: (Stargate)
[personal profile] marthawells
Here's some answers to a few of frequently asked questions about the Murderbot Diaries series:

1) Length:

The series is a novella series. It's put out by (, an SF/F imprint under Tor Books, that specializes in novellas ( which are works between 20,000 and 40,000 words.

The word counts are:

All Systems Red: 31468
Artificial Condition: 32422
Rogue Protocol: 35204
Exit Strategy: 35811

There was some question about whether the series would be eligible for the Best Series Hugo category next year. Which no, it won't be, as the word count total of 134,905 is too low. (I think the minimum for Best Series is 240,000 something.)

(If you don't speak word count, by comparison The Cloud Roads was 127,731 and The Harbors of the Sun was 146,162.)

2) Are all bot/human constructs with intact governor modules as conscious of their situation as Murderbot? Sadly, yes. Ratthi isn't exaggerating when he says "The practice is disgusting, it's horrible, it's slavery." This is what happens when corporations get to do whatever they want.

3) The Company that made and owns Murderbot is an insurance company. It's a heavily armed insurance company, but it basically sells insurance.

I was going to do more, but the city is suddenly outside digging up my street! Uh oh.

Date: 2018-08-31 02:58 pm (UTC)
voidampersand: (Default)
From: [personal profile] voidampersand
You are correct about the Best Series criteria. Rules at But if a Murderbot novel is added to the series and the rules haven't changed by then, it could be eligible.

Date: 2018-08-31 07:31 pm (UTC)
esteefee: (col_kitty)
From: [personal profile] esteefee
Yes, novel. :D

Date: 2018-09-01 12:39 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: I cannot go to bed; there is epic shit happening on the Internet (@ epic shit)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
That's what I was thinking! So maybe when the novel is eligible.

Don't know if this question is Frequently Asked, but I've been wondering: will all four novellas eventually be published together in omnibus form? The three so far really do read like parts I, II, and III of one book and then looking at the wordcount it seems even more like it would be cool to have them together someday. Though what Tor thinks of this I haven't a clue...

Date: 2018-09-01 11:11 pm (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: lightbulb moment (@ inspiration)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
That makes sense! I wonder if we'll buy the deadtree version if so? (So far the ebooks have been more convenient, but paper books are fun to show visitors and go "You gotta read this!" :D)

Date: 2018-08-31 04:57 pm (UTC)
stardreamer: Meez headshot (Default)
From: [personal profile] stardreamer
My question is, since the last 3 Murderbot novellas will have all come out this year, are they all individually eligible for next year's Novella Hugo? And if so, do you have a preference for which should be nominated? I'd hate to see all of them lose a spot on the ballot because of a split in the nominations. If you stick the landing on the last one as well as I expect to happen, that's the one I plan to nominate.

Date: 2018-08-31 05:19 pm (UTC)
conuly: (Default)
From: [personal profile] conuly
So I have a question. Has anybody ever considered making governor modules that dispense intermittent rewards instead of/in addition to brutal punishment? That wouldn't be more humane, but wouldn't it be just as effective? (Plus, presumably, reduce the odds that they're all secretly plotting your death?)

Date: 2018-08-31 09:24 pm (UTC)
rhi: Alec Hardison from Leverage.  Age of the Geek, baby. (Age of the Geek)
From: [personal profile] rhi
I have clearly been reading too much Leverage. I got to point 3 and thought, Oh my gods, it's IYS?!

Date: 2018-08-31 10:42 pm (UTC)
kgbooklog: (Default)
From: [personal profile] kgbooklog
Any plans to print a Murderbot omnibus? It already feels more than a little like a serialized novel.

Date: 2018-09-01 12:42 am (UTC)
nenya_kanadka: lightbulb moment (@ inspiration)
From: [personal profile] nenya_kanadka
Ah, I see my Question is indeed Frequently Asked, or at least asked by more than just me! 😊

Date: 2019-01-03 01:55 pm (UTC)
ateanalenn: A picture of the moon reflection in the water of a bowl (Default)
From: [personal profile] ateanalenn
This was exactly what I was looking for! Thank you for giving us the word counts :D 💜

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