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The Bobiverse is a science fiction book series, written by Dennis E. Taylor,

The Bobiverse Series Summary[edit | edit source]

The Bobiverse is the story of Robert "Bob" Johansson, who, after becoming financially independent by selling his software company, decides to spend some of his money by contracting to have his head cryonically frozen by CryoEterna Inc. upon his death. The idea is that his head would be preserved until later, when technology permitted a body to be grown and his thawed head attached to it - thus resuming life. The next day he is unexpectedly killed in an automobile accident, and his contract is activated. He wakes up 117 years later and finds that he has been harvested from his frozen disembodied head and installed in a computer matrix as an artificial intelligence. The world has significantly changed.

Bob is now the property of Applied Synergetics Inc which is in economic competition with Total Cyber Systems to supply robotic servants to society. The lead scientist charged with bringing Bob online is Dr. Landers. Bob's first task is to communicate with a GUPPI interface to interact with peripheral systems. Dr Landers explains the geopolitical history and begins preparation for Bob's mission: an interplanetary expedition as the first Von Neumann Probe.

We Are Legion (We Are Bob) Book 1 (released on September 20, 2016)[edit | edit source]

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 117 years later to find corpsicles declared to be without rights, and he is now the property of the state called FAITH. 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.

Robert "Bob" Johansson has recently sold his software development company, InterGator Software, to a rival company, Terasoft, for a significant amount of money.  InterGator is a software development company which has developed the leading engineering design and analysis application. While attending a convention in Las Vegas, Robert Johansson is killed when an automobile strikes him in a pedestrian crossing. Bob was on his way to having dinner with the first employees, and now major stock holders, in InterGator Software; Carl, Karen, and Alan.

Bob lives in San Diego. He is emotionally close to his twin sisters Andrea and Alaina and parents who live in Minnesota. 

For We Are Many Book 2 (released on April 18, 2017)[edit | edit source]

Bob Johansson didn’t believe in an afterlife, so waking up after being killed in a car accident was a shock. To add to the surprise, he is now a sentient computer and the controlling intelligence for a Von Neumann probe.

Bob and his copies have been spreading out from Earth for forty years now, looking for habitable planets. But that’s the only part of the plan that’s still in one piece. A system-wide war has killed off 99.9% of the human race; nuclear winter is slowly making the Earth uninhabitable; a radical group wants to finish the job on the remnants of humanity; the Brazilian space probes are still out there, still trying to blow up the competition; And the Bobs have discovered a spacefaring species that considers all other life as food.

Bob left Earth anticipating a life of exploration and blissful solitude. Instead he’s a sky god to a primitive native species, the only hope for getting humanity to a new home, and possibly the only thing that can prevent every species in the local sphere ending up as dinner.

All These Worlds Book 3 (released on August 8, 2017)[edit | edit source]

Being a sentient spaceship really should be more fun. But after spreading out through space for almost a century, Bob and his clones just can't stay out of trouble.

They've created enough colonies so humanity shouldn't go extinct. But political squabbles have a bad habit of dying hard, and the Brazilian probes are still trying to take out the competition. And the Bobs have picked a fight with an older, more powerful species with a large appetite and a short temper.

Still stinging from getting their collective butts kicked in their first encounter with the Others, the Bobs now face the prospect of a decisive final battle to defend Earth and its colonies. But the Bobs are less disciplined than a herd of cats, and some of the younger copies are more concerned with their own local problems than defeating the Others.

Yet salvation may come from an unlikely source. A couple of eighth-generation Bobs have found something out in deep space. All it will take to save the Earth and perhaps all of humanity is for them to get it to Sol — unless the Others arrive first.

Heaven's River Book 4 (released on September 24, 2020)[edit | edit source]

More than a hundred years ago, Bender set out for the stars and was never heard from again. There has been no trace of him despite numerous searches by his clone-mates. Now Bob is determined to organize an expedition to learn Bender’s fate—whatever the cost.

But nothing is ever simple in the Bobiverse. Bob’s descendants are out to the 24th generation now, and replicative drift has produced individuals who can barely be considered Bobs anymore. Some of them oppose Bob’s plan; others have plans of their own. The out-of-control moots are the least of the Bobiverse’s problems.

Undaunted, Bob and his allies follow Bender’s trail. But what they discover out in deep space is so unexpected and so complex that it could either save the universe—or pose an existential threat the likes of which the Bobiverse has never faced.

Main Characters[edit | edit source]

Robert Johansson: The original human (version 1.0) which later becomes artificial intelligence Bob (version 2.0).

Dr. Landers: Bob 2.0's primary contact, Head Applied Synergetics Scientist on the HEAVEN Project which is sponsored by FAITH Ministry of Truth.

Guppy: (General Unit Primary Peripheral Interface or GUPPI), is the computer program which enables Bob to send commands to other devices under his control. In constructing his virtual reality (VR) environment, Bob defined the GUPPI in the image of Admiral Ackbar, a character from the Star Wars movies. As Bob replicated and enhanced his VR environment, Guppy took on certain personality quirks.

Colonel Butterworth: Leader of the USE faction, works with Riker, one of Bob's first clone replicants, to establish colony ships for human transport to new planets.

Minor Characters[edit | edit source]

  • Rudolf Kazini: A replicant in charge of most of the mining equipment used by FAITH
  • Carol, Carl and Alan: Original employees or Robert Johanssen's company InterGator Software
  • Andrea and Alaina: Robert Johanssen's sisters.
  • Dr. Doucette: Female assistant to Dr. Landers who works with Bob (v2) when Dr. Landers is unavailable.
  • Senior Minister Travis: FAITH minister within the Ministry of Truth sent to evaluate Bob 2.0 after being awoken (given artificial consciousness as part of the HEAVEN Project).
  • Minster Cranston: Leader of the remaining FAITH state.
  • AIM Candidates for Heaven Project:
    • Kenneth Martins - Final AI candidate. Backup was not reinstalled after computer room was destroyed in a second attack on the Applied Synergetics Inc. facility.
    • Jiro Tanaka - terminated AI candidate for HEAVEN Project
    • Neves Reijnder - terminated AI candidate for HEAVEN Project
    • Joana Almeida - terminated AI candidate for HEAVEN Project
  • Spike: Bob's VR cat, created from his college days.
  • Lucy: Milo's VR pet dog.

Bob Family Tree [edit | edit source]

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Please note: If you have not read to the end of book 3 then you should not view the last portion of this family tree as it contains a spoiler in section Non-Bob Replicants.  

 On April 7th, 2017, Dennis E. Taylor released the official Bob family tree as it stands at the end of For We Are Many on his website. The tree contains only the Bobs mentioned in the series. However, by the end of book two there are according to Bill between eight and ten generations of replicants.  

Click on a name to learn more about them - or help us by creating or adding to their page!

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Bobs with Unknown Lineage

Non-Bob Replicants

List of Terms[edit | edit source]

50

  • '50 Dwarves reference': This is a running joke, referred to in Book 2...

By the time they had diminished from 50 to 8, the other dwarves began to suspect 'Hungry' ..." -- Gary Larson, "The Far Side"

A

  • AMI: Artificial Machine Intelligence. Effectively this is what is currently called an AI (artificial intelligence). An AI is a computer program (or series of programs) that can be taught and learn from experience. It is differentiated from replicators in the story in it's inability to adapt to changing situation, it's lack of a sense of self, and that it isn't a copy of a human intelligence. (SPOILER: Although in the Heavens River book this idea is challenged).
  • Auto-Factory: A self managing factory, managed by an AMI, constructed of 3D printers of various sizes and maintenance robots. It is capable of processing raw materials and also of producing any solid physical object (not gasses or liquids) and can work at an atomic level of detail. One of the key features of an auto-factory is that it can produce more 3D printers and ultimately more auto-factories. In later stories variations on the original idea of auto-factories are also capable of producing biological forms such as plants or animals. They are primarily produced in space but in some colony planets they are brought to or made planet side. It is a continuing theme of the books that a BOB does not control every aspect of an AF's work leaving the details to the built in AMI; but BOB's often worry over the list and order of jobs they have assigned to AFs.

D

  • DYSON SPHERE: A Dyson sphere is a hypothetical megastructure that completely encompasses a star and captures a large percentage of its power output.

E

  • ETHER: Estimated Time of Habitable Earth Remaining

F

  • FAITH: Free American Independent Theocratic Hegemony

G

  • GUPPI: General Unit Primary Peripheral Interface

H

  • (Project) HEAVEN: Habitable Earths Abiogenic Vessel Exploration Network
  • Heliosphere: this is a bubble like region of space that surrounds and is created by plasma emitted from the sun. Galactic cosmic rays (fantastic four) are less abundant in the heliosphere.
  • Heliopause: the outer edge of the Heliosphere which may finish before the Oort cloud.

K

  • Kuiper Belt: A "junkyard" of countless icy bodies left over from the solar system's formation that extends as a flat belt or ring from the orbit of Pluto through the Oort Cloud to the edge of the solar system. In these novels the Kuiper Belt is often mentioned as a place to gather resources for building auto-factories.

O

  • Oort Cloud : A cloud of billions of asteroids that envelopes the solar system and which starts within Pluto's orbit and and extends to the end of the solar system. In these novels moving into an Oort Cloud from interstellar space is treated as entering a solar system.

R

  • ROAMer: Remote Observation And Manipulation device
  • Replicant: A human brain that has been scanned (in a destructive process) in order to copy the personality, memory, knowledge and abilities of that brain into computer storage matrix. The process converts all aspects of existing person into a computer program. The program can be turned off and on and copied; but once activated believes itself to be an individual person. Discussion of what is a person and what is an automata is a continuing theme of the book but with an accepted presumption that all of the instances of BOB are truly different people. The advantage of Replicants over AMIs is that the Replicant program benefits from an large initial boost in abilities based on the initial person they were copied from.

S

  • SCUT: Subspace Communications Universal Transceiver
  • SUDDAR: Subspace Deformation Detection And Ranging
  • SURGE: Subspace Reactionless Geotactic Emulation

V

  • VAST: Variable Attachment Surface Tension, the system used to enable Roamer bots to climb walls.
  • VEHEMENT: Voluntary Extinction of Human Existence Means Earth’s Natural Transformation. Possibly based on the 'real' Voluntary Human Extinction Movement (VHEMT).
  • Von Neumann Probe: an automated interstellar probe that builds “copies of itself as it visits systems”
  • VR or VIRT: Virtual Reality

Species[edit | edit source]

Space Vessels[edit | edit source]

Heaven 1.0[edit | edit source]

Heaven 2.0[edit | edit source]

Heaven 3.0[edit | edit source]

Heaven 4.0[edit | edit source]

Heaven 5.0[edit | edit source]

Geopolitical Environment (book 1)[edit | edit source]

  • United States of Eurasia (USE): all of Europe and most of western Russia, leaders in AMI technology and financial resources.
  • China: Historical China, most of eastern Russia, former Asian satellite countries and the Middle East
  • FAITH: all of North America except for Washington state, British Columbia and Alaska
  • The Australian Federation
  • Republic of Africa
  • The Brazilian Empire: takes the most adversarial stance in world politics. Initiates nuclear attack on FAITH.  

Systems visited (book 1)[edit | edit source]

Latest activity[edit | edit source]

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