“It’s pulpy, but it’s good,” my brother said as he handed me All Systems Red. I didn’t understand the distinction, but I was on board regardless. As he predicted, I read that quickly and went on to read the other three novellas in the series, Artificial Condition, Rogue Protocol, and Exit Strategy.
Not for nothing, these really ought to have been published as a single novel. They were released over the course of about a year and a half, so it’s not as though they individually required substantial research or revision.