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Ann Leckie

Author of Ancillary Justice

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About the Author

Ann Leckie was born in Toledo, Ohio on March 2, 1966. She attended Clarion West Writers Workshop and studied under Octavia Butler. Her debut novel Ancillary Justice won several awards, 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novel, Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the 2013 BSFA Award. Her next book show more was Ancillary Sword. It won the 2014 BSFA Award for Best Novel and the 2015 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Ancillary Mercy is the third book the Imperial Radch trilogy. Her short stories include Hesperia and Glory, Marsh Gods, The God of Au, The Endangered Camp, The Unknown God, Beloved of the Sun, and Maiden, Mother, Crone. (Bowker Author Biography) show less


Works by Ann Leckie

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The Book of Dragons: An Anthology (2020) — Contributor — 223 copies
The Mythic Dream (2019) — Contributor — 172 copies
Galactic Empires (2017) — Contributor — 121 copies
Science Fiction: The Best of the Year, 2007 Edition (2007) — Contributor — 110 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 1 (2016) — Contributor — 101 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 94 copies
In the Stacks (2010) — Narrator, some editions — 75 copies
The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 Edition (2010) — Contributor — 69 copies
Clockwork Phoenix 2: More Tales of Beauty and Strangeness (2009) — Contributor — 68 copies
Mythic Journeys: Retold Myths and Legends (2019) — Contributor — 58 copies
The Best Science Fiction of the Year: Volume 5 (2020) — Contributor — 55 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 2: January/February 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 54 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 52 copies
A Field Guide to Surreal Botany (2008) — Contributor — 44 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 40 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 57 • February 2015 (2015) — Contributor — 32 copies
Uncanny Magazine Issue 14: January/February 2017 (2017) — Contributor — 13 copies
Subterranean Magazine, Issue #4 (Spring 2006) (2006) — Contributor — 12 copies
Lightspeed Magazine, Issue 56 • January 2015 (2014) — Contributor — 8 copies
Honest Man {short story} — Narrator, some editions — 3 copies
Forever Magazine Issue 2 (2015) — Contributor — 3 copies
The Way Before {short story} (2008) — Narrator — 2 copies


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Gender roles in Ann Leckie's Imperial Radch in Science Fiction Fans (December 2016)


A book club pick :)

I love Ann Leckie's work, and this collection does her writing justice.

Lake of Souls - a story about finding yourself; a poignant story of a first contact of sorts. Not everything is explained, but it doesn’t really have to be. It reminded me of the story in the Far Reaches colleciton, only this was better. 4.2 stars.

Footprints- a very short (2 minutes to read, said my Kindle) horror genre mix, featuring a very creepy teddy bear. 4 stars.

Hesperia and Glory- let’s mix old-fashioned mystery, nods to Edgar Rice Burroughs, and darker twists of imagination. The result is pretty cool. 4.3 stars.

Endangered Camp - dinosaurs build a spaceship to go to Mars. Then a meteor strikes Earth. Excellent stuff. 4.6 stars.

Another Word for World - a story about unlikely allies, people trying to co-exist and things lost in translation. Quite brilliant! 5 stars.

The Justified - aliens as Egyptian gods (or something). I’ve read this one before, in another anthology. It was great this time, too. 5 stars.

Bury the Dead - a Thanksgiving dinner with a twist. Very nice, but too short. 4 stars.

The Sad History of a Tearless Onion - a very short funny satire. Nothing special, but fun. 3.6 stars.

Stories from the Imperial Radch Universe:

Night’s Slow Poison - a long space voyage to a hidden planet, a planet hiding from the Raadchai. Is there a spy onboard? A poignant and heartbreaking story. 4.7 stars.

She Commands Me and I Obey - let’s have an Aztec ball game; on a space station, with high deadly stakes, and intrigues behind the scenes. Whoa. 5 stars.

The Creation and Destruction of the World - this is a myth/fairy tale. What does it have to do with the Raadchai universe? Is it one of their legends? Anyway, it wasn’t my cup of tea. 3.5 stars.

Stories from the universe of the Raven Tower:

The God of Au - never trust a god, and don’t make deals with a god. A bleak story with a good ending. 4.3 stars.

The Nalendar - Umri and a very small god (who is a skink) need to leave town and take a river boat together. Things are not what they seem. Adventures ensue. 4.8 stars.

The Snake’s Wife - the intrigues of gods and mortals make for a bleak and bloody story. Leckie is experimenting with gender yet again. 4.6 stars.

Marsh Gods - oh, it’s The Return of Martin Guerre plot! And very well done it is, too. 4.9 stars.

Unknown God - a god is trying to undo a bad bad thing he did and is having a spiritual crisis (oh, my). Lovely, fun, wise. I loved it! 5 stars.

Saving Bacon - a comedy of manners! It features a piglet. A fun story, 4 stars.

Beloved of the Sun - gods’ intrigues with mortals as pawns. Interesting, but I think I might have overdosed on “Raven Tower” stories by the end of this collection. So, 3.9 stars.
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Alexandra_book_life | 3 other reviews | Jun 10, 2024 |
Set in the universe of Leckie's Ancillary/Radch books, which I loved, this is a standalone novel that explores identity issues while also exploring the nature of the alien Presger aliens, specifically the Presger Translators. Told in three alternating POVs, the main characters come to life, and despite their differences, they each want to be their authentic selves.

Enae, on her own for the first time since her grandmother's death, takes on a diplomatic job and is tasked with finding a fugitive missing for two centuries. Reet, a mechanic adopted as a baby by a human couple, longs to find any info about his birth parents, discovers more than he bargained for. And Qven, the only one of the three who has a first person pov in their chapters, is a rebellious would-be Presger Translator who wants a different life than the one they were created for. It's no surprise that these three characters cross each other's path, leading to a confrontation that puts the treaty between the Presger and humans at risk.

The story is fairly basic, especially when compared to the Imperial Radch trilogy. But the usage of a wide variety of personal pronouns, along with a discourse on what it means to be human, as well as three likable protagonists, elevates the story. I hope Leckie continues to write in this universe.
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ShellyS | 25 other reviews | Jun 10, 2024 |
These stories are anything but comfortable, and generally leave questions with both characters and readers. I particularly enjoyed the dealings between men and god in the stories in the same universe as The Raven Tower. Gods deceiving humans, humans lying for gods who cannot lie, humans manipulating or being manipulated by gods and all paying prices.
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quondame | 3 other reviews | Jun 10, 2024 |
This is one of those gripping books that I couldn't put down. The three main characters are all doing their best with the hands they are dealt, in a variety of situations that are both excitingly weird and sci-fi and alien and yet deeply human. It is deliciously warm and fuzzy and woke, with themes of found family and choosing who you are, and recovering after assault. It is also great to be back in the complex Radchaai universe.
atreic | 25 other reviews | Jun 6, 2024 |


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