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Ancillary Justice

by Ann Leckie

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Series: Imperial Radch (1)

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Now isolated in a single frail human body, Breq, an artificial intelligence that used to control of a massive starship and its crew of soldiers, tries to adjust to her new humanity while seeking vengeance and answers to her questions.
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    The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (lquilter)
    lquilter: Fans of either Le Guin's Left Hand of Darkness or Leckie's Ancillary Justice should enjoy the other. In common, the pacing, character-centered perspective obscuring aspects of the universe, political machinations, far-future setting, and treatment of ethics; also interesting for its simultaneous foregrounding and backgrounding of gender.… (more)
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    All Systems Red by Martha Wells (chlorine)
    chlorine: Main protagonists are at least somewhat AI, and both books have a neutral take on gender.
  3. 50
    A Memory Called Empire by Arkady Martine (g33kgrrl)
    g33kgrrl: Both books feature complex, political space sci-fi with amazing characters and world-building.
  4. 40
    Ghost Spin by Chris Moriarty (libron)
    libron: Ancillary Justice is great - but for a nuanced, riveting treatment of AI, Moriarty has her beat, hands down. I hope to see more rigorous explorations in future of what Leckie has limned in her first outing.
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    Ring of Swords by Eleanor Arnason (libron)
    libron: Arnason's depiction of an alternative (alien) gender/social structure is awesome. I hope Leckie can flesh her own ideas out further beyond pronoun ambiguity in forthcoming books.
  6. 30
    The Ship Who Sang by Anne McCaffrey (RidgewayGirl)
    RidgewayGirl: Utterly different in tone, this also features the "mind" of a ship and the people she interacts with.
  7. 30
    A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wright (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Some of the dynamics in Leckie's Ancillary Justice remind me of the much more obscure single-volume space opera Wright's A Matter of Oaths about two warring immortal emperors and a protagonist with a mysterious connection to them- if you like one, you may like the other.… (more)
  8. 30
    Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Leckie has said that Cherryh's Foreigner books were a big influence on Ancillary Justice and sequels
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  10. 20
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    souloftherose: Both are optimistic space operas that focus on the characters and their relationships.
  12. 20
    Fool's War by Sarah Zettel (Dilara86)
    Dilara86: Sentient AIs and spaceships
  13. 10
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  14. 10
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  15. 10
    Hexwood by Diana Wynne Jones (CelestiaJK)
    CelestiaJK: Both have interesting AI themes and a great understanding of human nature.
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Ancillary Justice reminded me very much to old science fiction, particularly Iain M. Banks' novels. It is not my favorite kind of sci-fi. There is too much Deus Ex Machina for my taste and the characters are almost iconic representations of its stereotype.

Some ideas of the novel were interesting, but most were puerile. While reading it, I thought it was a Young Adult book and I was surprised to see it as winner of the Hugo and the Nebula, no less. It is entertaining but I would not recommend it to my friends. ( )
  cdagulleiro | Jul 3, 2024 |
E: Incredibe worldbuilding, and I loved the character voice, snd it's such a hard thing to get right when you're trying to make a non-human voice sound non-human. I feel like the plot definitely played second fiddle to getting play with the set pieces and ideas of person-hood, but that didn't take away from my enjoyment, and well, it's book one in a trilogy. ( )
  EasterGenua | Jun 17, 2024 |
I enjoyed it. It's been praised for its treatment of gender issues but I didn't think it had much to say on that (the whole pronoun thing seemed to me rather gimmicky). The best part was the "shared-conscience" thing and, above all, the emperor and his internal problems.

I thought it was an adequate adventure, with good characterization and a rather dystopian far-future society that seemed suitably different to ours without going completely overboard. The biggest problem for me was the lack of interest in many aspects of world-building. I would have liked to find out much more about that universe, but the glimpse we got of it was very limited. ( )
  jcm790 | May 26, 2024 |
AstroNavi senzienti, alieni, AI,confitti morali

stupendo!!! ( )
  LLonaVahine | May 22, 2024 |
Que maravilla de ciencia ficción. Una inteligencia artificial tan extensa, con capacidad para controlar miles de cuerpos, atrapada en un cuerpo individual. Una galaxia dominada por un imperio extenso y a veces cruel.

Al principio quiza cuesta hacerse con el mundo, pero a medida que lo vas leyendo se hace cada vez más disfrutable e intenso. Me ha enganchado, sobretodo pasado el ecuador del libro. Voy a tener que correr a por el siguiente de la trilogia. ( )
  Cabask | Mar 27, 2024 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Ann Leckieprimary authorall editionscalculated
Andoh, AdjoaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Benshoff, KirkCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Harris, JohnCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kempen, BernhardTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nunez, BillyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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For my parents, Mary P. and David N. Dietzler, who didn't live to see this book but were always sure it would exist.
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The body lay naked and facedown, a deathly gray, spatters of blood staining the snow around it.
Surely it isn't illegal here to complain about young people these days? How cruel. I had thought it a basic part of human nature, one of the few universally practiced human customs.
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Now isolated in a single frail human body, Breq, an artificial intelligence that used to control of a massive starship and its crew of soldiers, tries to adjust to her new humanity while seeking vengeance and answers to her questions.

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On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren - a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Now, an act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with one fragile human body, unanswered questions, and a burning desire for vengeance. - Goodreads.com
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It's alive... or dead.
A.I. or human? Who cares!
She, or he, is BREQ!

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