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First of all, if you haven’t read The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells, run — do not walk — and start with All Systems Red. I cannot fully explain the joy I experienced while reading these books; it’s a very “IYKYK” type of series. I first encountered Murderbot because someone asked me if I’d read it, I said no, and their face lit up like I’d given them a precious gift. “FINE,” I replied. “I’ll give it a shot, but I don’t usually like short stories,” then promptly plowed through every available word written thus far.
Our hero is a mechanical Security Unit — SecUnit to humans, but Murderbot to itself — built for security and combat, but who has a very dull life. Eventually, they hack the governor module of their interface, which in turn gives them bodily autonomy and allows them to watch soap operas instead of interacting with humans. SecUnit finds itself with a vested interest in the preservation of its current human crew, knowing it would be destroyed if someone In Charge discovered that humans can no longer control the unit.
That, as they say, is where the hijinks ensue. If you, like Murderbot, would prefer to be watching The Rise and Fall of Sanctuary Moon instead of interacting with humans, show your preference with some Murderbot merch.
SecUnit struggles with its emotions. If you do too, this shirt is for you! $23 from HappyFridayCo.
Snuggle into this cozy hoodie featuring the best soap opera we’ve never seen! $29+ from KingLewisStore.
If you don’t already love Murderbot, I guarantee you will. Get ahead of your obsession by ordering this shirt early! $24 from girlieamidesigns.
You know the style, you know the series. Put them together and you have a charmingly obscure reference that fellow SecUnits will identify immediately. $22 from TeePublic.
A great pin for your collection! Put it on your jean jacket or your bag and declare your allegiance to SecUnit to the world. $4 on MuchHmdn’s RedBubble store.
Who DOESN’T need another sticker for their water bottle collection? $3 on Batartiste’s RedBubble store.
Enjoy your secret obsession with Murderbot with this esoteric original art by thexstore on RedBubble for $27. The pictured case is for an iPhone, but there are several different models available.
Do you find yourself on the side of the real-life enemy, Graycris? Show off your villainy with — what else? — a sticker! $4 from CrownandThistle’s RedBubble store.
If Art sends you, your enemies should know they’re in big, big trouble. Give them a chance to run first! $21+ from HappyFridayCo.
Who doesn’t need a new notebook to write down all your thoughts about the best space soap opera never produced? $14 from kinglewis’s RedBubble store.
Speaking of things we all have a lot of but always seem to have room for one more, you could enjoy your morning coffee a lot more if you were also repping some Sanctuary Moon. :sips: $16 from TeePublic.
There you go, fellow fans! I hope you enjoy your new merch and that it helps you, too, find those who have not yet read The Murderbot Diaries and can help them see the light.