Fugitive Telemetry

(Murderbot Diaries #6)

eBook, 176 pages

English language

Published April 26, 2021 by Tom Doherty Associates.

4 stars (73 reviews)

No, I didn't kill the dead human. If I had, I wouldn't dump the body in the station mall.

When Murderbot discovers a dead body on Preservation Station, it knows it is going to have to assist station security to determine who the body is (was), how they were killed (that should be relatively straightforward, at least), and why (because apparently that matters to a lot of people—who knew?)

Yes, the unthinkable is about to happen: Murderbot must voluntarily speak to humans!

3 editions

Review of 'Fugitive Telemetry' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

At about half the size of the full novel that was Network Effect, Fugitive Telemetry does a great job at combining the key ingredients to a Murderbot novel: mystery, robot action, corporation critiques and heavy doses of sarcasm. Additionally, Station Security provides great secondary characters to converse with Murderbot that is typically missing, and it's those interactions that are the highlight of this novel.

The biggest failing is that Fugitive Telemetry is chronologically set before the events of Network Effect. Once you get over that disappointment, Murderbot will narrate you through his challenges dealing with humans for a long enough time that I didn't mind the shorter novel. It's like everything was sized down perfectly to fit the page count, and I appreciate that since the previous novella didn't do it for me.

Recommended.

Not going to lie - I completely blanked on the mystery and how to solve it. …

A good murder mystery with our favorite Murderbot

4 stars

This is a bit of a 'flashback' novella set when Murderbot's first few weeks in Preservation. It was a neat chance to see more of how Preservation works in comparison to the Corporate Rim. As for the investigation itself, I had an inkling as to who the culprit was, but not the motive or the how and regardless it was still enjoyable.

Fun and mayhem when Murderbot becomes a detective

4 stars

A fun story, where Murderbot gets to play a detective to solve a murder mystery on Preservation Station. The investigation would involve determining if the murder was part of an attempt on its client's life by the company, GrayCris, that Murderbot and its client royally screwed in the previous Murderbot stories.

Also involved in the investigation would be Station Security, who are reluctant to work with a rogue SecUnit (aka Murderbot) who they think would murder them all in an instant (and they wouldn't be wrong). To allay their fears, Murderbot had earlier promise not to hack their security system, which limits what kinds of data Murderbot can access, which makes it very unhappy (it needs all the info to make sure the case wasn't part of a GrayCris plot).

Eventually, Murderbot works it all out and determines not just why the murder occurred, but also the method and who …

What can I say, I just continue to <3 Murderbot

5 stars

I found it interesting how this book brought in some contemporary-world themes around refugees and their abusers, but that's not explored particularly deeply, it's just one more reason to cheer on Murderbot as it does its thing. Really this is just one more Murderbot instalment, and I am so very here for that.

Review of 'Fugitive Telemetry' on 'Storygraph'

5 stars

FUGITIVE TELEMETRY finds Murderbot as murder-detective, trying to figure out why a dead human is dead on Preservation Station, all while following a bunch of human rules.

I like procedurals and this is one, of a sort. It certainly fits the "gruff detective who isn't with the investigating body but still has to begrudgingly work with them and sometimes is under suspicion" classic set of tropes... except it's Murderbot on a station trying to solve the murder. If you like Murderbot and solving mysteries, you'll love this, I sure did.

This continues, generally speaking, the relationships and definitely-not-friendships that have been developing throughout the series so far. The main storyline starts here and wasn't present previously, and, as a murder mystery, there's absolutely a major thing that's introduced and resolved in this volume. I doubt it'll be the last book in the series, and it has things that the last …

Review of 'Fugitive Telemetry' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

A murder (mystery) bot story!

Good:
Return to short form.
It was nice to see Senior Indah start off skeptical and gradually warm up to Murderbot.
Murder mystery format is a good fit for Murderbot's narrative style.
Preservation was a nice change of setting from previous stories.

Bad:
Confusing chronologically (it's set before Network Effect).
I'm more interested in Murderbot's adventures with ART.

If this is how rampage looks, it’s perfect

3 stars

Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries is the rare gem: the series that gives on giving. This sixth instalment has all the qualities of its predecessors: it’s short, on point, and keeps us up to date with the evolution of her cyborg protagonist’s unplanned feature upgrade (a personality) with all its quirks (people), all in the guise of an entertaining SF whodunnit.

Review of 'Fugitive Telemetry' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This was one of my most anticipated reads this year and it didn't disappoint. The "murder mystery" format sets it apart from the rest of the series while retaining what makes the Murderbot saga such good reads: quick pacing, a great supporting cast, excellent action sequences, thoughtful world-building and a heaping spoonful of introspection from the main character. And this novella in particular is very good at showing how that internal monologue has really evolved from the beginning of their journey.

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