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

We Are Legion 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 (Bobiverse, #1)

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

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

  • Kevin Kelsey
    A conceptually broad, fun, light-hearted science fiction romp. It has 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.
  • 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/Wolf 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...
  • Ivan
    4.5 stars. I got more than I expected from this one. I honestly expected this too be more silly, maybe along the lines of Erikson's Willful child. Don't get me wrong this is still funny book but it's more witty 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 thi...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Phrynne
    Things that made me read this book * many positive references to it around Goodreads* the fact that it’s overall rating is 4.29* the title. How could anyone resist that?Was I disappointed? Absolutely not. We Are Legion (We Are Bob) is pure entertainment. It is definitely reminiscent of The Martian with lots of scientific explanation written in an easy manner. And it is frequently just plain funny. Bob ends up being an artificial intelligence wh...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Lee
    Thoroughly enjoyed this. Well worth th read. Going to keep this short because I don't have time to write a review. Bit the 4 stars shoudl tell you all you need to know. A great scifi story that I am really looking forward to reading book 2.
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Silvana
    What a chore. Hey authors, just because you throw lots of pop culture/SF references, and have a main character who likes to joke around, does not mean you can just handwave the need for an interesting story that not just a rehash of everything in space opera. The premise was promising at start but the humor fell flat after the fourth chapter and the story became bland before even halfway. I seriously struggled to finish this book. It is not THAT ...
  • 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...