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This special hardcover edition of Dennis E. Taylor's Bobiverse series presents all three books in hardcover in a slipcase, all signed by the author. This limited edition will be available May 2018. Contains: We Are Legion (We Are Bob), For We Are Many, and All These Worlds.


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This special hardcover edition of Dennis E. Taylor's Bobiverse series presents all three books in hardcover in a slipcase, all signed by the author. This limited edition will be available May 2018. Contains: We Are Legion (We Are Bob), For We Are Many, and All These Worlds.

30 review for The Bobiverse

  1. 4 out of 5

    Heather Williams

    You'll be adding "become a Von Neumann probe" to your bucket list.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Preston Brown

    It was a great and engaging book, the author kind of got lost in himself and the universe he created. It just got to big to successfully create total characterization. But speaking of characterization, he did an awesome job. The audiobook is amazing and really brings the book to life. I'd recommend this book!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ricardo Gemignani

    One of the best scifi books I've read in a long while. No senseless tech name dropping for magic things that just happen. Almost everything has a good explanation. Follows one easily relatable character, a nice software developer guy.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Harshad

    Fab

  5. 5 out of 5

    Shay Marie

    Just love these books! The humor is right up my alley. Geeks & nerds unite!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra

    It is higher than 4 stars, but definitely not 5. Really fun and easy to read, good ideas, but the book is very shallow. It could have been as deep as The Three-Body Problem with all the themes it touched, instead it became a page-turner. It's not bad for sci-fi book to be action packed, but the potential was so much bigger. I loved the narrative and jumping between multiple points of view that are all the same person, but slightly different. It might evolve into a literary style of its own, l It is higher than 4 stars, but definitely not 5. Really fun and easy to read, good ideas, but the book is very shallow. It could have been as deep as The Three-Body Problem with all the themes it touched, instead it became a page-turner. It's not bad for sci-fi book to be action packed, but the potential was so much bigger. I loved the narrative and jumping between multiple points of view that are all the same person, but slightly different. It might evolve into a literary style of its own, like non-linear novels of Milorad Pavić. Imagine a story told by different versions of Windows? That would be cool. But again, the author didn't take the idea to the right level, those multiple voices just help to carry the plot forward. The main character reminded me a lot of Mark Watney from The Martian. It's the same type of guy - drawn to puzzles and turns survival into yet another puzzle, almost completely asexual, releases stress through jokes, and so on. "Typical engineer". At the end, I liked the book, but was left unsatisfied with it at the same time. I would love to read how Bobiverse would look like in a thousand of years, with multiple big families (Bobs and other people who choose to replicate and multiply). I wish there were some explanation of the differences between the clones, because it started looking a bit like evolution and accumulation of changes in the DNA. Anyway... good book and worth reading. And apparently more books are coming in the series, so maybe the author will have some surprises.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Yuriy Stasyuk

    This was a fantastic trilogy. Very easy reading as well.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Will

    I had just finished listening to Byron Katie's "A Mind At Home With Itself", part of which interprets the Buddha's Diamond Tantra, while also reading Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near", so my headspace was one where I was very much interested in the melding of humanity and technology on top of thinking about the entire universe being a figment of my imagination, and thus this life, body, everything I sense being an organic technology created by my mind. Photons reflect off of surfaces, bounce I had just finished listening to Byron Katie's "A Mind At Home With Itself", part of which interprets the Buddha's Diamond Tantra, while also reading Kurzweil's "The Singularity is Near", so my headspace was one where I was very much interested in the melding of humanity and technology on top of thinking about the entire universe being a figment of my imagination, and thus this life, body, everything I sense being an organic technology created by my mind. Photons reflect off of surfaces, bounce into these mushy receptors in our eyes, transform to electric signals that set off chain reactions of neurotransmitter releases in our brains, and imagery is imagined by our minds to give context to these signals... is what I see what you see? That was what was going on for me. Enter the BOBiverse. "We are Legion, We are Bob." The title threw me at first. I had skipped downloading the audiobook series for a while because the title made it sound just a little too goofy, too pulp. Holy crap was I wrong. The story is a really fun, funny, touching and imaginative telling of a way "artificial intelligence" could come about--by using a human intelligence/consciousness ported into a machine. The creation, then, of the virtual reality that this human consciousness undertakes to maintain his own sanity and keep from getting bored, as well as the cloning of himself to create some company and not be lonely (and to achieve other goals) fit right in with the two books I had previously read. Is this world not a dream conjured in our mind? The exploration of the galaxy that occurs, the drama between the BOBs and humans, the discovery of life out in the galaxy. Highly recommend this series. I was very very sad when I got to the last word of the last book, and realized it was time to go dream up something else to bounce photons off of into my eyes to read.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Kyle Sharpe

    One of my favorite series I've ever read/listened to. So, so good. Funny, witty, Sharpe, smart, and just plain entertaining. I want more so badly!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Micah

    Best Sci-Fi I've read in decades! I probably can't add anything that hasn't already been said by thousands of other reviews. Just read this ASAP, you will not be disappointed.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jeff LeBlanc

    Loved this series!! Can't wait for the next one.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rocco Riccardi

    An interesting read, good hard-ish sci-fi. Love the references, and I particularly like the talk of any tech. Some of the dialogue seems stilted, but mostly it flows well.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Ben Bass

    Dennis E. Taylor's "Bobiverse" books are among my favorites. Bob finds himself the victim of a car crash to wake up, well, as a brain in a box so to speak. After some initial confusion and history, Bob finds himself rocketing across the stars as a 1-man, humanity-saving sentient von neumann probe! His first task - to make life onboard more bearable by making himself a virtual environment ... then, down to work to try and find a new home for humanity. And maybe make some clones of hims Dennis E. Taylor's "Bobiverse" books are among my favorites. Bob finds himself the victim of a car crash to wake up, well, as a brain in a box so to speak. After some initial confusion and history, Bob finds himself rocketing across the stars as a 1-man, humanity-saving sentient von neumann probe! His first task - to make life onboard more bearable by making himself a virtual environment ... then, down to work to try and find a new home for humanity. And maybe make some clones of himself. Bill, Mario, Riker, Homer... Goku... the list gets pretty long. And each is his own man... computer? Sentient bob-in-a-box? I loved everything about this book - and its sequels. It is my sincere hope that Dennis E. Taylor will once again visit the Bobiverse and give us another book. But, for now, I am satisfied with the 3 installments that we do have. These books were a completely random find that has led me to a new author and a new universe of possibilities... I should also point out that Bob's predicament is my dream job! Read these books - you will not regret it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Amazingbollweevil

    A fantastic premise with so much promise and so many ideas to explore. While it starts strong, the story gets bogged down fizzles out. I love how Bob wakes up one day and figures out what the hell happened to him and what he does with that knowledge. The world the author creates is on par with the best science fiction authors. What disappointed me was the half hearted exploration of what happens when an artificial intelligence reproduces. As much as I liked the stories about how Bob deals with d A fantastic premise with so much promise and so many ideas to explore. While it starts strong, the story gets bogged down fizzles out. I love how Bob wakes up one day and figures out what the hell happened to him and what he does with that knowledge. The world the author creates is on par with the best science fiction authors. What disappointed me was the half hearted exploration of what happens when an artificial intelligence reproduces. As much as I liked the stories about how Bob deals with different situations in different locations (avoiding spoilers here), the author crammed them into just a few generations. Bob is immortal, for all intents and purposes, and these stories could have (should have) taken thousands of years. This could have been on par with "The Forever War" in its exploration, but just didn't rise to the occasion. Still, an enjoyable read.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Nick

    I first heard about this book from a blog post my wife stumbled across. She described We Are Legion to me in a few words and I said that sounded interesting. A couple of weeks later, I unwrapped book 1 among Christmas presents. While my wife felt the story was bogged down by the assumed knowledge of scientific terms both real and imagined, I was hooked by the idea of humanity's last hope being a self replicating probe. I read all three books back to back and enjoyed each book of itsel I first heard about this book from a blog post my wife stumbled across. She described We Are Legion to me in a few words and I said that sounded interesting. A couple of weeks later, I unwrapped book 1 among Christmas presents. While my wife felt the story was bogged down by the assumed knowledge of scientific terms both real and imagined, I was hooked by the idea of humanity's last hope being a self replicating probe. I read all three books back to back and enjoyed each book of itself and as part of the larger story arc. I am still wondering what would come next for the Bobs, and will keep an eye open in case the writer decides to explore the universe further.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Francesco

    Vote: 4,00 Class: L-B1 (FP) (a science-fiction Trilogy) It was a great reading: refreshing, well written and fun. Just what I needed! I'm actually not totally sure why I liked this series: the story is interesting but nothing exceptional; the setting (it start an hundred years or so in the future) is ok, but not unheard of; the characters... well, the character/s is/are just great! And there is some (not all) hard science mixed with the sci-fi. Sometimes I felt like I was reading something f Vote: 4,00 Class: L-B1 (FP) (a science-fiction Trilogy) It was a great reading: refreshing, well written and fun. Just what I needed! I'm actually not totally sure why I liked this series: the story is interesting but nothing exceptional; the setting (it start an hundred years or so in the future) is ok, but not unheard of; the characters... well, the character/s is/are just great! And there is some (not all) hard science mixed with the sci-fi. Sometimes I felt like I was reading something from Asimov, but a little less epic and a bit more fun. I recommend it!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Kyle

    I've recommended this book a lot. Almost as bad as a door to door salesman (just not as fanatical). Its easily in my top 5 favorite series: 1) Legacy Star wars 2) Bobiverse 3) Iron Druid Chronicles 4) Night Angel Trilogy 5) Secret Histories series. Its that good. I picked up book one on audible and by then end of the month I was recommending it to all of my co-workers that I knew liked similar books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fiona Keates

    Just finished book 2 and as good as ever - though the ending as definitely a teaser to get you to read book 3 (I don't like that, books should stand on their own). The characters are believable and the technical details are excellent - it must have taken some serious amount of research to get these facts right. Can't wait to start the last book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Mark Micallef

    The series explores some challenging concepts including immortality and post-humanism without going too deep. It's a fun, fast paced and action driven plot, with regular injections of humour and pop culture references, so don't expect too many big ideas, but it's very enjoyable in its own right.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Josh

    Absolutely one of my favorite series. I've read them several times, and truly enjoy the characters, the science, and the sense of humor. I look forward to the possibility of future books in this series, and anything else from Mr Taylor.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Dreamkeeper

    I've really liked it. It's not something that will shake you to the core or introduce some radically new concept, still, it's very pleasant to read. It's also cannot match the bar on the rational fiction set by HPMoR. Stii, I can recommend this book to all sci-fi fans and geeks.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Genesis Barnes

    An insightful and fun read that didn't shy away from tackling the challenging questions and what ifs as it relates to humanity. Hoping to see more Bob's in the near distant Bobiverse.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marina L

    Progressively worse than #2 and #1 but a good ending and nice way to tie everything up with a bow.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Ryan Birke

    want more Bob

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    The book series any fan of epics, science fiction, or comedy should read. Also, don't read it, listen to it!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Brian Cronmiller

    This is a great fun series that keeps building from challenge to challenge. I would love to read more books in this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michael MacLean

    Found these very entertaining.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    So Good!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Red7paulbrennan

    Was fun

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mathew Wilson

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Loved these, sometimes a bit hard to follow the NUMEROUS character story lines but definitely a recommended read

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