We Are Legion - an amusing look at the future
When Bob Johansson signed the contract to cryogenically freeze his head after death he never imagined the future that he would wake up to; however, he knew it had to be better than being dead. Now he is learning whether or not that is actually true. Things on Earth have gone from bad to worse in the 117 years since he died in a car accident and now Bob is awoken to a world that is a geo-political mess. The disappointment continues when he learns that he is no longer actually a human but rather a computer AI that happens to retain all of his human memories. No longer in control of his own destiny he is told that his consciousness will be placed into a space probe and launched into space in search of a new home for humanity. To a sci-fi geek like Bob that is kind of cool, but when a rival faction attacks the project facility he is launched on his mission before his training is even complete. He now needs to take on the universe alone, making it all up as he goes along...
This is an amusing romp into the future where the fate of humanity winds up resting upon a sarcastic, sci-fi geek from our time. What makes this story work is the fact that Bob's probe is self replicating so he is able to produce more copies of himself. For better or worse each new version of himself that he creates is driven by a slightly different aspect of his personality. This is good on one hand as it offers different perspectives on problems that Bob is trying to solve but on the other hand Bob isn't sure he likes himself all that much. In fact, many aspects of his personality are annoying even to him. This one is chock full of movie and TV references that keep things entertaining while Bob does his best to save humanity and not go crazy in the process. This is the first book in a series but it also works as a standalone story.
The audiobook version is narrated by Ray Porter and he does a great job of bringing all the characters to life, especially Bob and his multiple personalities.