We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse, #1) by Dennis E. Taylor

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse, #1)

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 a...

Details We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse, #1)

TitleWe Are Legion (We Are Bob) (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse, #1)
Release DateSep 20th, 2016
PublisherWorldbuilders Press
GenreScience Fiction, Fiction, Audiobook

Reviews We Are Legion (We Are Bob) (We Are Bob) (Bobiverse, #1)

  • Kevin Kelsey
    Fun, light-hearted science fiction. Same sarcastic tone as Old Man’s War or The Martian. It got a little bogged down with tedium in the second half.It’s also not a complete book on its own, which is kind of annoying. Very much seems like the first part of a longer book, because it just... stops. I could go either way on continuing the series.There are some cool ideas, and if you turn off your brain it’s a fun romp.
  • Stevie Kincade
    (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 Bo...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    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!
  • Bradley
    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 g...
  • Lindsay
    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 ba...
  • Trish
    I think I would have never found this book on my own - and my life would have been the poorer for it! Seriously, this author is so delightfully geeky/nerdy (yes, both) that it's already enough to carry the reader from start to finish. But easter eggs or satirical references are not the only thing Dennis Taylor is good at.The story is about a young millionaire who invests into cryogenetics - a project freezing your head after your death so you can...
  • Philip
    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 sa...
  • J.L. Sutton
    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, co...
  • TS Chan
    3.5 stars.Have you ever wished you could undertake true space exploration but realistically believed that your lifespan may not be long enough to survive the journey? Well, not if you are Bob. Robert Johansson, more affectionately known as Bob, was an engineer in the 21st century who signed up for having his head cryogenically preserved upon his death for future resuscitation into a new body. In a strange ironic twist of fate, Bob died within 24 ...
  • Sr3yas
    4.5 Stars Universe? It's so out there, man. It's time for a change. It's time for Bobiverse! ❝ As a species, we're morons.❞ Bob is dead. Yes, it is very tragic. But before his death, Bob had enrolled in a Cryonics program. So when Bob died, they decapitated him and stored his head in a freezer (very professionally), with the hope that he can be restored back to life in future with technological advancements. And they did, in the year 213...
  • Veronique
    What an entertaining story! Upon reading the book description blurb, which intrigued me, I downloaded the audiobook and started listening. Well, since I didn’t stop until the end, I can positively say that the narrative is exceedingly addictive! Bob Johansson, young software millionnaire, has just sold his company and looking forward to enjoying ‘life’ when he is killed in a car collision. ‘Luckily’, he’d just signed for cryogenic pre...
  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)
    3.5This was a very different read for me. The main character becomes a computer in a probe looking for habitable planets. The humor reminded me a bit of "The Martian" and would recommend it if you love sci-fi!
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/08/28/...Every time I go to Audible my account page is always bombarding my recommended list with this one, and well, it’s hard not to be curious when the book’s page is filled with literally tens of thousands of five star reviews. I figured it was high time to find out what all the fuss was about, and am I glad I did! For those of you who have already been initiated into We Are...
  • Stuart
    We Are Legion (We Are Bob): Geeky SF fun a la The MartianOriginally posted Fantasy LiteratureThis seems to be a thing these days. Breezy, snarky SF stories by first-time authors that promote their own work, capture a lot of positive word-of-mouth and become very popular without major publisher help initially. I’m thinking of Andy Weir’s The Martian, Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, and John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War. Basically, these books...
  • Scott
    This book is fun. Fun, fun, fun. Genuine, enjoyable, page-turning fun of the sort that has you grinning while you read it.We are Legion (We are Bob) is that rare thing - a science fiction novel with both solid SF chops and a sense of humor. Imagine Andy Weir's The Martian, but swap the protagonist for Bob - a computer copy of a long-dead software engineer onboard an interstellar probe - and swap Mars for the entire galaxy as Bob travels into the ...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    4.5 stars for this SF space adventure. So much fun! If you enjoy books like The Martian, this is definitely worth the $3.99.RTC
  • Hannah
    Sometimes I just want to read (or in this case listen) to something really fun. And this book delivered: so much fun! This is Bob's story - Bob who has just sold his company for a ton of money and impulsively signs up to have his body frozen after death - and a good thing he did that, too, as he then meets his untimely demise - only to wake up way in the future where people who had their bodies frozen are not considered people anymore and thus ha...
  • Chris
    This was exactly what I needed as I finished up a full time slate of college courses. It's a smart sci-fi story in that the science is very well thought out, but at the same time it is accessible to the non-scientific. Great humor abounds, and there are many geeky pop-culture references that kept me smiling. I would definitely recommend this to fans of The Martian. Though the actual story is pretty different, the protagonist and his first person ...
  • Liam Degnan
    3.5 Stars. This is pretty light-hearted sci-fi, that doesn't take itself too seriously, and this definitely works in its favor. It's the story of a man (Bob) who died only to wake up over 100 years later and find out that his consciousness was converted into a kind of software. More than just that, he has become a candidate for a revolutionary space-probe program utilizing 3D Printing technology. The basic concept is that this probe would be sent...
  • David Katzman
    An amusing and surprisingly scientific science fiction novel. It manages to be both reasonable and believable and incredibly farfetched at the same time. First, it hinges on some basics that I believe are absurd and will never become possible. One, the transfer of consciousness from a human into a machine. And two, the existence of artificial intelligence. What app-makers like to call AI, is not actually AI. It's just elaborate if-then decision t...
  • Shawnie
    I started off great and was really into the story of Bob and the other Bobs, but then I started getting bored and drifting off in my thoughts.
  • Lata
    2.5 stars. I had high hopes for this story, but found myself mostly just turning pages slowly. I think there were some interesting concepts but I didn't think the implementation was particularly skillful. I could accept the US descending to a theocracy, but not other aspects of the situation. I also found the main character to be initially sort of amusing, but swiftly found him tedious, and yes, immature, but actually found myself getting very fr...
  • Sonja Arlow
    ***UpdatePerfect example of life imitating art. After reading this book and telling people of the interesting concept of 3D printers expanding space exploration my eyes literally popped out of my head when I saw THIS on Twitter last week:A 3D printed Rocket engine Just Launched a new era in Space Exploration.http://www.stuff.co.za/3d-printed-roc...Bob hold on to your hat!***3 starsWhat Ready Player One did for 80's pop-culture nostalgia, this bo...
  • Brent
    Given the title, it's not much of a spoiler to reveal that one of the central ideas of this story is that the main character is able to make copies of himself. Anyone who has seen the Matrix sequels with the self-replicating horde of Agent Smiths running around will instantly grasp this concept.This idea is also at play in Permutation City and The Quantum Thief, but this telling is a lot more fun.What make this iteration of the idea interesting i...
  • Rob
    Executive Summary: I have been hearing praise for this series for a little while now, but with so much out there it's hard to get to everything. Thanks to a BOGO on audible this one got moved up the list and I'm glad it did. Consider moving this one up closer to the top of your own big pile of books.Audiobook: Ray Porter does a great job here. He does a good job with his inflections to make the various Bob's feel distinct from each other, and del...
  • Robyn
    Entertaining! Total nerd-humour, with some serious science thrown in. (Reminds me of The Martian in that regard, and I think also self published.) A couple of negatives - it sort of just .... stops, but that seems a guaranteed prod to move on to the next one, and the editing could be better - but the fun of the conceit outweighs any complaints.
  • Tania
    I don't read a lot of sci-fi, in fact I think I've probably read less than 10 titles in total. I listened to the audible of We are Legion, and thought the narrator did a good job, and the book was fun. I have to admit that half the geek references and tech talk went over my head. I especially enjoyed the first part of the book where Bob is revived (he had his brain frozen when he died) and finds out that his mind has been co-opted by a group of r...
  • Richard Derus
    Rating: 3.75* of five, rounded upThis is the most male book I've read in ages. I mean, there are two or three women in it but they're onscreen for a hot minute and then gone again. Mostly it's the titular Bob in one of his many regenerated/rebooted/revived selves.And I think that's why I liked this read so much. One well-educated geek-boy's wet dream of playing in the galactic sandbox. Hell to the you betcha damn straight yes.
  • John
    At some point in the mid-to-late 90s, I spent a good chunk of time playing this old game called Escape Velocity. It was a space-exploration sim that tasked the player with zipping around the galaxy, harvesting resources and interacting with NPCs. Hours of fun. I'm pretty sure there are lots of more recent examples of the genre (No Man's Sky?), but I'm way, way behind on my gaming these days.Anyway, in We Are Legion Dennis E. Taylor basically pres...