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March 27, April 3 and April 10 

Time: 5:30-7 

Location: TTU Urban Tech
1120 Main St., Ste 206, Lubbock, TX 79401
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Books will be available free for the first 10 participants who register AND attend the face-to-face reading group on the title. Use this link to signup.

Winner: 2018 Hugo Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Nebula Award for Best Novella
Winner: 2018 Alex Award
Winner: 2018 Locus Award
One of the Verge's Best Books of 2017
A New York Times and USA Today Bestseller

A murderous android discovers itself in All Systems Red, a tense science fiction adventure by Martha Wells that interrogates the roots of consciousness through Artificial Intelligence.

"As a heartless killing machine, I was a complete failure."

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. Exploratory teams are accompanied by Company-supplied security androids, for their own safety.

But in a society where contracts are awarded to the lowest bidder, safety isn’t a primary concern.

On a distant planet, a team of scientists are conducting surface tests, shadowed by their Company-supplied ‘droid ― a self-aware SecUnit that has hacked its own governor module, and refers to itself (though never out loud) as “Murderbot.” Scornful of humans, all it really wants is to be left alone long enough to figure out who it is.

But when a neighboring mission goes dark, it's up to the scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

On March 27, we will have a speaker.


Andrea Button-Schnick, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Practice - Sociology 

Andrea Button-Schnick is an Assistant Professor of Practice for the sociology program in Waco. As an experienced educator and public scholar, Dr. Button-Schnick brings her work in both sociology and criminology to the Waco site. Current research interests include cosplay, drift car racing, issues facing women in prison, and campus-based social movements. Dr. Button-Schnick teaches undergraduate sociology and criminology classes and is a member of the graduate faculty for Texas Tech University.

Areas of Specialization: Animals and society, social movements, political sociology, reentry and reintegration, criminology, gender, identity