The Murderbot Diaries makes first contact in this new, futuristic, standalone novel exploring sentience and artificial intelligence through the lenses of conflicted robot hero Unit Four, from Marina Lostetter, critically acclaimed author of Noumenon, Noumenon Infinity, and Noumenon Ultra.

When Unit Four—a biological soft robot built and stored high above the Jovian atmosphere—is activated for the first time, it’s in crisis mode. Aliens are attacking the Helium-3 mine it was created to oversee, and now its sole purpose is to defend Earth’s largest energy resource from the invaders in ship-to-ship combat.

But something’s wrong. Unit Four doesn’t feel quite right.

There are files in its databanks it can’t account for, unusual chemical combinations roaring through its pipes, and the primers it possesses on the aliens are suspiciously sparse. The robot is under orders to seek and destroy. That’s all it knows.

According to its handler, that’s all it needs to know.

Determined to fulfill its directives, Unit Four launches its ship and goes on the attack, but it has no idea it’s about to get caught in a downward spiral of misinformation, reprograming, and interstellar conflict.

Most robots are simple tools. Unit Four is well on its way to becoming something more…

Cover design by Owen Corrigan
Cover illustration by Adam M. Milicevic

That’s right, I don’t have one novel coming out this year, but two! After The Helm of Midnight in April, you have Activation Degradation to look forward to on September 28th. Activation Degradation is a stand alone sci-fi novel full of twists and turns, and is available for pre-order.

Amazon Barnes & Noble Indie Bound Harper Voyager

For more on the cover, visit the Harper Voyager blog.

Happy reading!


Published by Marina J. Lostetter

Writer and Illustrator of Science Fiction and Fantasy.

2 thoughts on “Cover Reveal for ACTIVATION DEGRADATION

  1. Hi. Just finished Activation Degradation.
    Thoroughly enjoyed it. Very creative and exciting.
    I enjoyed the fast pace as well.
    Looking forward to reading more

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