Ancillary Justice Ann Leckie, 2013
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.