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Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

Ancillary Justice

by Ann Leckie

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Series: Imperial Radch (1)

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    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.
  2. 61
    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)
  3. 30
    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.
  4. 20
    The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers (souloftherose)
    souloftherose: Both are optimistic space operas that focus on the characters and their relationships.
  5. 20
    A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge (electronicmemory)
  6. 20
    Embassytown by China Miéville (electronicmemory)
  7. 20
    Foreigner by C. J. Cherryh (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Leckie has said that Cherryh's Foreigner books were a big influence on Ancillary Justice and sequels
  8. 20
    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)
  9. 20
    Fool's War by Sarah Zettel (Dilara86)
    Dilara86: Sentient AIs and spaceships
  10. 10
    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.
  11. 00
    All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries by Martha Wells (chlorine)
    chlorine: Main protagonists are at least somewhat AI, and both books have a neutral take on gender.
  12. 00
    The Lazarus War: Artefact by Jamie Sawyer (dClauzel)
  13. 00
    Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (g33kgrrl)
  14. 00
    Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee (souloftherose)

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Jegliches Konzept von Perspektive und Geschlecht, das wir kennen, wird arg auf die Probe gestellt. Breq heißt eigentlich Justice of Toren One Esk. Breq ist Radch, eine Spezies, die die Zivilisation im Weltall verbreiten will und dabei Planeten und deren Völker annektiert. Radch haben kein Zweigeschlechtliches Konzept. Von allen Figuren wird in der weiblichen Person Singular erzählt. Wenn Breq in anderen Sprachen konversiert, wird deutlich, welche Herausforderung es für Breq ist, die korrekte Form zu verwenden ohne das Gegenüber vor den Kopf zu stoßen. Ergo merkt man als Leser sehr schnell, wie man automatisch davon ausgeht, dass alle Figuren weiblich sind und ist überrascht, wenn dritte das eigentliche Geschlecht der Figuren kurz erwähnen. Meines Erachtens gelingt es Leckie hier ganz stark zu zeigen, welchen Einfluss die Sprache auf die eigene Wahrnehmung hat, ganz besonders im Hinblick auf das Geschlecht. Es ist wirklich ein beeindruckendes Experiment. Viele Rezensenten bemängeln, dass das Buch langatmig sei aber ich denke, das ist der Hauptfigur geschuldet, die immerhin eine AI ist und sehr emotionslos erzählt. Da Justice of Toren ein Raumschiff ist, das durch sogenannte Ancillaries (Menschen, die mit der KI ‚programmiert‘ wurden und somit von ihr gesteuert werden) an mehreren Orten gleichzeitig ist, wechselt die Erzählperspektive schnell und viel. Das hat einige Seiten gedauert, bis ich mich daran gewöhnt hatte. Allerdings macht es das ganze gleichzeitig anstrengend und aufregend zugleich. Justice of Toren One Esk ist ein solcher Ancillary. Sofern ich es nicht überlesen habe, wird das Geschlecht von One Esk (Breq) nie erwähnt. Aber es spielt auch ehrlich keine Rolle.

Das Universum, das Leckie hier geschaffen hat, ist groß. Die Radch mit ihren Ancillaries erinnern etwas an die Borg. Die Gesellschaft etwas ans alte Rom, das als Imperium ja auch viele Fortschritte brachte aber sein eigenes System und Gesellschaft aufgezwungen hat. Trotzdem ist das Buch nicht einfach die Römer im Weltraum. Es ist soviel mehr und regt klar zum denken an. Auch das Konzept mit dem Umgang bestehender Religionen auf einem annektierten Planeten ist interessant.

Mein Fazit:
Obwohl der Einstieg etwas schwer fiel, hat mich das Buch überzeugt und ich habe schnell gemerkt, wieviel ich seitdem darüber nachdenke. Manche Rezensenten merkten an, dass ihnen die Figuren egal waren und sie keine richtige Beziehung zu ihnen aufbauen konnten. Dem kann ich so nicht zustimmen. Breq ist mir ans Herz gewachsen. Sehr sogar. Auch Sejvarden macht eine große Entwicklung durch, wenn auch schwer von Breq einzuschätzen. Es lohnt sich jedenfalls, dranzubleiben. Ich habe das englische Original gelesenund werde auch noch die deutsche Übersetzung bei Gelegenheit lesen um zu sehen wie mit den Geschlechterbezeichnungen umgegangen worden ist.

Definitiv ein Buch, das im starken Kontrast zum Wohlfühlfaktor bei Becky Chambers‘ Buch steht, aber nicht weniger gut. Mir hats sehr gut gefallen. Die folgenden Bände der Reihe werde ich auch noch lesen. ( )
  Powerschnute | Mar 21, 2019 |
An interesting read. I can't remember the last time I read a fiction novel and walked away without a certainty that, were I magically transported to that place, I could survive rather well with the knowledge the story had shared with the reader. The characters here are simultaneously sympathetic and alien, and their culture is so unlike our own as to require a fair bit of the story to explain even the smallest details.
All in all, though, a decent world-build, and some truly creative narrative choices. I found the use of only the feminine pronoun an oddly soothing choice, as it dismissed any concerns over gender or possible sexual tensions. And writing from the POV of a stranded hivemind was an inspired choice. ( )
  Ubiquitine | Nov 24, 2018 |
enjoyed it more than anything I've read in quite a while - character and plot development hinged on awareness and temporal shifts - all swinging together yet at their own speeds in their own directions in a sort of perpetual motion machine of a story - wow - fun reading ( )
  nkmunn | Nov 17, 2018 |
I keep trying to hook people with the concept. "It's about a person who used to be a spaceship! And all the corpse soldiers within it! But the ship was betrayed and is now down to a single body." And then I go on to mention Breq's chronic frustration with attempting to identify gender in order to use gendered nouns and pronouns. Humans from outside the Radch are so prickly when one guesses gender wrong.

And all of that is great, and exciting, and a true example of what science fiction can be... but the reason I read the book - devoured it, really - is much simpler: I love the main character. Breq, Justice of Toren's One Esk Nineteen, is interesting. Smart, of course, determined and focused, but also brave in ways she doesn't count, and caring in ways she doesn't expect. The Justice of Toren's multiple simultaneous viewpoints in the chapters set in the story's past serve as a slowly unfolding tragedy and provide a window on what Breq was and all (s)he lost.

I don't understand Seivarden (it would be difficult, since Breq doesn't understand him, and we see this universe through her eyes), but I somehow liked him anyway with all his character flaws and the risk he continuously presents to Breq's quest and even security. I wanted better for Awn. I was fascinated by the Radch, by the time she/he made a true appearance on the page.

And I loved the ending. Loved. I see that there is a "loose" trilogy planned, and I simultaneously want more of this weird world and its characters, and I want Ancillary Justice to continue to stand perfectly on its own, because what could possibly follow in these footsteps? ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
I am at a complete loss for words. Ann Leckie used all the good ones, in all the best ways. I am looking forward to reading this again. ( )
  sussura | Sep 29, 2018 |
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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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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!

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 031624662X, Paperback)

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren--a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:15:02 -0400)

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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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