An­cil­lary Jus­tice Ann Leckie, 2013

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The de­but from Ann Leckie took ev­ery ma­jor genre award go­ing. Why? The novel’s con­cern with gen­der pol­i­tics, which chimed with an SF com­mu­nity ( or at least a for­ward- look­ing part of it…) look­ing anew at is­sues here, cer­tainly helped. But more than this, al­most from the mo­ment we meet Breq, a kind of AI frag­ment of a star­ship, it’s clear Leckie’s in­ten­tion is to re- engi­neer space opera. The re­sult is a novel that’s chal­leng­ing and am­bi­tious, yet metic­u­lously plot­ted and ut­terly ab­sorb­ing.

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