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Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory: A…

Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory: A Tor.com Original (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2020; vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Martha Wells (Tekijä)

Sarjat: The Murderbot Diaries (4.1)

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Teoksen nimi:Home: Habitat, Range, Niche, Territory: A Tor.com Original
Kirjailijat:Martha Wells (Tekijä)
Info:Tor Books (2021), 19 pages
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A story about Dr Ayda Mensah set after the events of Exit Strategy (and before the most recent installment, Fugitive Telemetry). It is very, very short but I really liked seeing things from Mensah’s (third person) perspective.

The story was posted on Tor.com but without the italics, which makes some of the scene transitions and messages sent via interface less clear. I read it there, then bought the Kindle edition for like a dollar. I considered that money well spent.

She can’t do this. She can’t lean on a being that doesn’t want to be leaned on. Of all the things SecUnit needs, the only ones she can give it are room and time in a relatively safe space to make decisions for itself. Becoming a prop for her failing emotional stability won’t do either one of them any good. ( )
  Herenya | Jun 13, 2021 |
Short and sweet. I mean, as sweet as a story about untreated PTSD can be.
“You can hug me if you need to.” made me snort out loud. ( )
  tetiana.90 | May 31, 2021 |
Wells, Martha. Home, Habitat, Range, Territory. Murderbot Diaries No. 4.5. Tor, 2021.
HHRT is an independently published short story that connects Network Effect with Fugitive Telemetry. In fact, it could well have served as a prologue to Fugitive Telemetry, except that it is told from Dr. Mensah’s point of view instead of the usual Murderbot first person. Dr. Mensah is still suffering from posttraumatic stress from her last adventure, but she is unwilling to compromise her political position to get it treated. She also must negotiate with Murderbot, who wants to add to his security arsenal, a problem on the pacifistic Preservation Station. The story has strong characters and a tight structure. 4 stars ( )
  Tom-e | May 4, 2021 |
Real Rating: 4.75* of five, rounded up because Murderbot

Because they are all refugees in the Preservation Alliance, descended from people who were left to die because rescue was deemed not cost-effective.
Which is why I read the Murderbot series the instant I can get the books. This is a short freebie that's just a tick before [Network Effect], and it's deeply refreshing to read something from Dr. Mensah's PoV.

Not that I don't adore Murderbot! I do! But breaking out of the one PoV that we have on the Corporation Rim is a breath of fresh air.
The Corporation Rim has always been a slave state, though it calls its institutionalized slavery “contract labor.”
It is through Dr. Mensah's clarity that I feel so seen in my hatred of this system's brutal, dehumanizing, and revoltingly deeply entrenched dominance of the hearts and minds I must live among, as Preservation is a fictional construct. It would be the work of but a moment for me to apply for asylum or whatever they call it to get to Preservation were it real.
It’s about being treated as a thing, isn’t it. Whether that thing is a hostage of conditional value, or a very expensively designed and equipped enslaved machine/organic intelligence. You’re a thing, and there is no safety.
When you exist at the whim of the electorate, as people like me...disabled, unhomed, elderly, infirm...must do, you're a thing. A profit point. An expense center. Not yourself, not someone with a lifetime's issues and lessons. I'm fortunate that I live in a place that allows me to be as independent as possible, and that I did enough useful work for enough years that my (HUGELY reduced in value) investment in government debt affords me the relative safety of housing, medical care, and therapies that I need. Had I stayed in Texas, had I been darker of skin hue, had I not had the mind-bogglingly good fortune to have my breakdown while talking to the one person who could, and would, and did help me...well, I'd be dead, and that's just the facts.

It's why I identify so deeply with Murderbot: We had all the right things go exactly right at the right time or we'd simply have ceased to exist.
And she tells herself: you’re being very foolish. Because you were a hostage for a period of days, and it was a minor inconvenience compared to what Murderbot— No, SecUnit; she’s never been given permission to use that private name. What SecUnit went through.

And if someone else was in her position, she would tell them how unhelpful comparisons like that are, that fear is fear.
But you're making one right now. You can't help it; it's human nature. One person with whom I am no longer friends said to me, "stop being so selfish and think of how much worse it is for my (Hispanic) people!"

Invalidation = abuse. Always, in all ways.

And that is what Author Wells does so eloquently by not doing it directly: She holds up your status as abuser while acknowledging your status as the abused. Murderbot...SecUnit to Dr. Mensah and the meatsacks inhabiting its spacetime...isn't kidding around with its self-granted yclepture. It was the more harmed, in my opinion, by its status as legally insentient property being thrust on it from birth (aka "chattel slavery") but it isn't innocent of abusive, life-denying behavior towards others.

Do moral dilemmas come more tightly coiled up on themselves than this? And breathes there an author whose exploration of these intense and weighty issues is so delightfully deft and assuredly airy than Author Wells?

No. ( )
1 ääni richardderus | Apr 22, 2021 |
This is a short story, more of a vignette, a linking scene between Exit Strategy and Network Effect. It's interesting, enjoyable, and provides something we don't get in most Murderbot stories: it's from Dr. Ayda Mensah's viewpoint. We see the PTSD she's suffering from after the events of Exit Strategy from the inside, rather than Murderbot's working it out from observation.

It's a very interesting, useful story if you are a reader of the Murderbot Diaries, and probably not at all a good introduction to the series if you haven't. In that case, you should go find All Systems Red, the first one, and start there. You won't regret it.

Recommended for those who are already fans of the series. I bought this story. ( )
  LisCarey | Apr 21, 2021 |
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