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Publisher's Summary

Award-winning actor Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Castle, The Rookie) brings to life a snarky artificial intelligence you won't soon forget. Don't miss his hilarious performance in a story perfectly crafted for sci-fi fans of The Martian, Red Dwarf, and We Are Legion (We Are Bob).

They thought this was just another salvage job. They thought wrong. 

An AI overseer and a human crew arrive on a distant planet to salvage an ancient UN starship. The overseer is unhappy. The crew, well, they're certainly no A-team. Not even a C-team on the best of days. And worse? Urmahon Beta, the planet, is at the ass-end of nowhere. Everybody expects this to be a long, ugly, and thankless job. 

Then it all goes disastrously wrong. What they thought was an uninhabited backwater turns out to be anything but empty. Megafauna roam the land, a rival crew with some terrifyingly high-powered gear haunts the dig site, and a secret that will change humanity forever is waiting in the darkness.

Stuck on this unmapped, hostile planet, lacking resources, and with tech built by the cheapest bidder, the salvage crew must engineer their way to payday...and beat Urmahon Beta before it kills them all.

©2020 Yudhanjaya Wijeratne (P)2020 Podium Audio

Critic Reviews

"Yudhanjaya Wijeratne's ingeniously crafted The Salvage Crew starts with a comforting science-fictional familiarity, before using its A.I.-co-authored idiosyncrasies to hurtle headlong into the gravity well of its considerable ambition. A novel of meteoric energy, flaring brighter and brighter as it falls further into its world." (Indrapamit Das, Lambda Award-winning author of The Devourers)

"A classic sci-fi adventure wrapped around a deeply philosophical core. With skillful plotting, interesting details, and a motley crew of humans and A.I., it's a story that embraces its meta-origins...with an ending worth waiting for." (S.B. Divya, Hugo and Nebula Award-nominated author of Runtime and Machinehood)

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Gritty but with Beautiful Outcome.

I can't say I've ever listened to a sci-fi quite like this. Viewed mostly from the view point of a Post Human AI , We watch the curious wonder, the weaknesses, and endearing nature of humanity as a crew struggles to survive what they can't comprehend. This story had far deeper thought behind it than your at first lead to believe with the opening humor. As things get gritty and dark you wonder if maybe it's a gritty horror story... but in the end it's beautiful. In its own twists, it turns into a wonderful First Contact scenario that, while strung with many unfortunate events, Ends on a happy note. I found it interesting the conceptual use of poetry through out the story and its importance. Very unique. Of course it can't go without saying that Nathan Fillion does an excellent job reading. Because of the shows and games I'm used to hearing him in, it's almost strange to hear him read such serious and thoughtful lines, Vs the expected a much more humor and exasperated style I'm used to from him. If you enjoy sci-fi, don't mind a few grotesque details, and some thoughtful ideology centered around humanity stepping beyond the flesh to metal, the story will absolutely take you on a journey.

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Shiny....

I was sold at Nathan Fillion... I never expected the book to be this good though. I loved every hilarious second of it and Nathan’s delivery only added to Wijeratne’s already incredible prose. I’d love more of this though I am guessing it won’t be a series. Movie? TV Adaptation. PLEASE?

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Nathan Fillion IS the cosmos-weary AI

This was really entertaining and original - I loved the episodes of AI poetry wonderfully performed by the salvage master himself - Nathan Fillion. A perfect karmic mashup of voice and story. Exactly what makes an audiobook great.

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If you like a little poetry with your sci-fi

This was a very nice book to listen to, with the narrator adding a lot to the poetry. I did find myself pausing the book occasionally after a poem, just to think on it a bit.

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Loved it

First of all, Nathan Fillion is perfect for this. Second- the story itself was quite an enjoyable ride. Fun, thought provoking, and highly imaginative.

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Nathan's voice stirs sleeping koans of my soul

I probably would not have bought it, were it not for Mr fillions narrative. But the book itself is brilliant as well. I'm quite glad the metaphor did not get whipped into extinction. Literary intelligence in machines, indeed! Not a self-serving metaphor, after all.

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complete and utter brilliance

2 geniuses combined to make one out of this world audio experience. another amazing book from podium audio!

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I wish I had the oc built into my car

it was awesome everything I wanted, if you like the outer worlds rimworld or just space in general this is for you. Makes me think of ai in a new way and Nathan Fillion's performance so amazing I never want to drive without this book going agaim

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  • 11-03-20

Promising First Half, Then a Mess

Fillion’s performance is good. He does get whispery at times, but the writing he’s conveying is problematic enough I don’t know what else he could have done. The writing starts off good and holds steady until after the halfway mark, staying straightforward and entertaining like a Haldeman or Scalzi. Then the author loses it. At first seeming to try to mimic surreal authors like Bear or Yoon Ha Lee (whose skills at the abstract are awesome). But, in the end just coming off as alternately a tad intoxicated then impatient. Then he skips forward to a finish that makes all written/read so far feel disconnected, irrelevant. If he continues with more books—and sticks to the straightforward style he did well with at the start or polishes his skills with the abstract—the tales could be great.

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Bought it because of Nathan Fillion, quite surprised by the story

The blend of sci-fi and Buddhist theology was an interesting mix that I didn’t think would work,but works surprisingly well in this survival sci-fi comedy. The author’s way of writing helped to create a clear picture most of the time, however there were parts that became hard to follow, but that also could have due to narration. I will say most of the poetry went right over my head but that’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it. Nathan Fillion does a tremendous job portraying the cynical, snarky AI, but it was hard to follow some of the extended conversations between characters because he doesn’t change his voice much when changing characters. Very excited to see where this series goes, seems like the author left it open for a sequel. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys the colony survival game Rimworld, and anybody who wants a break from the typical sci-fi human savior stories. It’s mainly a story about being put in a bad situation and trying to make the best of it written from the perspective of a cynical poetic AI.

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  • bojan
  • 11-12-20

Nothing like the blurb.

It's plodding, at times aimless, and despite the blurb, neither hilarious nor exciting. It's, at heart, a story of a depressed AI (ish) Overseer, continuously disappointed and frustrated by the humans it oversees. The characters are two-dimensional at best, and the entire thing reads like it was made up as the book was written. Fillion's narration is somewhat jarring, as he tends to start a sentence clearly, then rattles off the rest in a quick and mumbled manner. He does this a lot. This is not hard Sci fi, and it does not deal with overcoming technical difficulties with ingenuity, like The Martian. It lacks the humor and charm om the Bobiverse books. Mostly stuff just sort of happens, and culminates in an unsatisfying, predictable manner. I've listened to the book from start to finish, just to see if it goes anywhere, and the truth is: it barely goes anywhere.

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  • Fishamatician
  • 10-30-20

Fantastic, really enjoyed it.

Can't wait for more from this author and Nathan Fillion did a great job narrating it.

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  • Call me Bob
  • 12-04-20

Loved it!

Really something fresh and very interesting. Wrote a review before for this but it is gone... Great book, hope for more, will keep an eye on this author.

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  • Andyxeno
  • 12-01-20

Great performance could be clearer

Narrative is excellent,story good but needs equalising, some words are sounding blurred or quiet not crisp and clear making it hard to identify. Picky i know but could have been sorted. No fault of Nathan fillion.

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  • Paul
  • 11-22-20

Started off OK but went downhill

I'll admit I was drawn in by the lure of Nathan Fillion narrating this as I thought he would be well suited to narration but it didn't take long for me to discover I was wrong. Nathan has a sort of mumbling way of talking at times that I just found difficult to follow. The story seemed to fall a little flat quite quickly too, I thought it had a good setting and could have been great and I'll admit at some point in the last 90 minutes I fell asleep (something I've never done before) and when I woke in the last 10 minutes the topic seemed so bizarre that I just gave up and let it finish so please take that into account in my review, I quite literally didn't hear the plot come to the inevitable end.

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  • mtg101
  • 11-15-20

didn't care about them

got 3/4 way in and still.didnt care about the crew, so I gave up :(

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  • Keith Marshall
  • 11-07-20

5* all round

Good story and great performance by Nathan. The humour parts were written for his sense of humour. Spot on.

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  • Richard James
  • 11-06-20

It's not what you think it is, kids!

Such a beautiful and amazing story told from a point of view I never saw coming. Laced with poetry and filled with big questions. I enjoyed every second of the 8hours I spent listening to Nathan Fillion reading this wonderful story. if high concept sci-fi is your thing. This is for you. there is plenty of humour and pop culture references - including My Chemical Romance (which caught me off guard!) truly an amazing story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-05-20

Fun story, narration can be a challenge.

The story was great, an enjoyable yarn interspersed by poetry of varying quality. Fillion's narration was challenging at time, with unusual pacing. It was conversational internal monologue, but I found I needed to turn it up and concentrate a little harder to make our what he was saying.

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  • Craftilou
  • 11-03-20

Fantastic

Loved the story, the twists and turns. Loved Nathan Fillion narration - the right voice for the story. The story is thought provoking and the language paints a picture in one's mind. I could not wait for the next episode to start to see where we end up. Brilliant performance & brilliant writer.

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  • THOMAS
  • 11-16-20

Disappointing

This begins as a slightly wry, somewhat comic look at a future in which AIs have been developed by encoding humans, but becomes a dark, dystopian tale that, to be honest, I’m disinclined to even finish. The problem is a kind of narrative entropy at work: once the narrative is confined to a planet and a base on that planet, all the energy comes from destruction. I would guess that Martha Wells’ Murderbot series might have been something of an inspiration, but where the energy that drives her narrative comes from personal development, in this narrative there is very little such synthesis at work. To sum up, I wouldn’t bother with this one.

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  • Benjamin Robert
  • 11-09-20

Great story with acceptable narration

This is a great book, and Yudhanjaya Wijeratne has been added to my list of authors to track for new releases. The narration does suffer from a bit of odd cadence - but it's pretty on-brand for Nathan Fillion and bumping the playback speed to 1.10x was enough to offset any difference in taste.

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  • Joanne
  • 10-31-20

Good but not great

This book is ok it’s not great. the pauses between sentences are a little jarring but I liked the story. Worth a listen

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-30-20

FANTASTIC!

Fillion's performance is truly excellent and Yudhanjaya's story was flawlessly written. The combination? Perfection.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-20

very enjoyable book

I deeply enjoyed this story and its tale through the unknown, guided by mystery and shades of darkness shall the reader follow

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-04-20

well, that happened

Loved Fillions performance, made an ordinary text interesting. I dunno, something in the story didn't click for me, good twists, good story, but it just didn't gel.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 12-03-20

Thought provoking

An extremely well written rollercoaster ride and a pleasure to read. Will visit this story again sometime.

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  • Niall
  • 12-01-20

Great Experience, Interesting Concept

Was an interesting tale, there was a bit in the middle was off in flow. But the begining and the end were solid. looking forward to reading/ hearing more from this story and writer.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-30-20

its this world its posien

narrator was not clear and some words lost but story was grate and i enjoyed the concepts

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  • John Little
  • 11-28-20

Nathan Fillion is a wonderful storyteller

Great Sci Fi, story just got better and better. Hope there is a sequel. 1