We Are Legion (We Are Bob)
Written by Dennis E. Taylor.
Performed by Ray Porter.
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 and is slated to be the controlling AI in an interstellar probe looking for habitable planets. The stakes are high: no less than the first claim to entire worlds. If he declines the honor, he’ll be switched off, and they’ll try again with someone else. If he accepts, he becomes a prime target. There are at least three other countries trying to get their own probes launched first, and they play dirty.
The safest place for Bob is in space, heading away from Earth at top speed. Or so he thinks. Because the universe is full of nasties, and trespassers make them mad – very mad.
Bob is a likeable guy who made money instead of doing what he really wanted to do…theoretical and practical physics. Well now his head has been thawed, his brain scanned and he is the software property of the Theocracy America turned into. Apparently not all of the Theocracy agrees that these von Neumann probes should be sent out into the Universe to procreate (or replicate) but all the kids are doing it so it’s GO TIME!
There are lots of places this story goes and most of the time it is snarky and humorous in it’s telling of horrendous things. I love this kind of story and the presenter is on the top of his game. Four out of five enjoyment points for both story and presentation.