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Ann Leckie
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1. Oktober 2013
Winner of the Nebula, British Science Fiction, Locus and Arthur C. Clarke Awards, nominated for the Hugo and Philip K. Dick Awards.

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.





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  • Taschenbuch: 416 Seiten
  • Verlag: Orbit; Auflage: New. (1. Oktober 2013)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 031624662X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316246620
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,3 x 13,7 x 3 cm
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"Unexpected, compelling and very cool. Ann Leckie nails it...I've never met a heroine like Breq before. I consider this a very good thing indeed."—John Scalzi

"Ancillary Justice is the mind-blowing space opera you've been needing...This is a novel that will thrill you like the page-turner it is, but stick with you for a long time afterward."—i09.com (included in 'This Fall's Must-Read Science Fiction and Fantasy Books')

"It's not every day a debut novel by an author you'd never heard of before derails your entire afternoon with its brilliance. But when my review copy of Ancillary Justice arrived, that's exactly what it did. In fact, it arrowed upward to reach a pretty high position on my list of best space opera novels ever."—Liz Bourke, Tor.com

"Establishes Leckie as an heir to Banks and Cherryh."—Elizabeth Bear

"A double-threaded narrative proves seductive, drawing the reader into the naive but determined protagonist's efforts to transform an unjust universe. Leckie uses...an expansionist galaxy-spinning empire [and] a protagonist on a single-minded quest for justice to transcend space-opera conventions in innovative ways. This impressive debut succeeds in making Breq a protagonist readers will invest in, and establishes Leckie as a talent to watch."—Publishers Weekly

"By turns thrilling, moving and awe-inspiring."—The Guardian

"Leckie does a very good job of setting this complex equation up... This is an altogether promising debut."—Kirkus

"Using the format of SF military adventure blended with hints of space opera, Leckie explores the expanded meaning of human nature and the uneasy balance between individuality and membership in a group identity. Leckie is a newcomer to watch as she expands on the history and future of her new and exciting universe."—Library Journal

"Leckie's debut gives casual and hardcore sci-fi fans alike a wonderful read."—RT Book Reviews

"A sharply written space opera with a richly imagined sense of detail and place, this debut novel from Ann Leckie works as both an evocative science fiction tale and an involving character study...it's also a strongly female-driven piece, tackling ideas about politics and gender in a way that's both engaging and provocative...Ancillary Justice is a gripping read that's well worth a look."—SFX (UK)

"It engages, it excites, and it challenges the way the reader views our world. Leckie may be a former Secretary of the Science Fiction Writers of America, but she's the President of this year's crop of debut novelists. Ancillary Justice might be the best science fiction novel of this very young decade."—Justin Landon Staffer's Book Review

"Total gamechanger. Get it, read it, wish to hell you'd written it. Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice may well be the most important book Orbit have published in ages."—Paul Graham Raven

"The sort of book that the Clarke Award wishes it had last year ... be prepared to see Ancillary Justice bandied around a lot come awards season. (As it should be)."—Jared Shurin Pornokitsch

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Ann Leckie has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, a lunch lady, and a recording engineer. The author of many published short stories, and former secretary of the Science Fiction Writers of America, she lives in St. Louis, Missouri, with her husband, children, and cats.

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Ich hatte mich echt gefreut auf diesen Roman, die Ankündigungen klangen alle super, die Idee interessant. In der Umsetzung allerdings tauchen diverse sehr nervige Dinge auf, die den Lesespaß trüben.

Zum einen ist es eine simple Action/Rachegeschichte. Irgendwelche neuen SciFi Ideen/Blickwinkel sucht man vergebens. Das Thema KI wird nur benutzt, nicht analysiert, hinterfragt oder interessant vorgeführt. Das Setting ist ein 08/15 Space Opera Setting, "Tee trinkende Römer im Weltall", möchte man sagen. Weder die Kultur noch die Charakterzeichnung konnten mich berühren oder überzeugen.

Geschildert wird ein jahrtausende alter Eroberungszug durch riesige Raumschiffe, die mit einer KI und hundertausenden Truppen aus toten (?) Soldaten ausgestattet sind. Diese Ancilla sind auf ungeklärte Weise ebenfalls uralt und bestehen meist aus ausgewählten Mitgliedern der eroberten Völker, die mit Cyberware erweitert werden und über den Tod hinaus als tiefgefrorene Soldaten ohne eigenen Willen dienen müssen.

Ich glaube, die Autorin hat sogar versucht diese Dinge (was macht KI mit einer Kultur, was ist das für eine Kultur, die jahrtausende lang Krieg führt) anzusprechen, aber es geht leider in teils merkwürdigen Dialogen und ein wenig Action-Story unter.

Natürlich werden dann auch mal die unausweichlichen Aliens erwähnt, die irgendwann und irgendwo mal die Einzigen waren, die den Eroberern die Stirn bieten konnten (alle anderen der tausenden Welten scheinen Menschen zu sein, nur eben verschiedene Völker/Kulturen). Und mehr hört man darüber nicht.

Dass die Geschichte quasi aus der Sicht eines der Kampfschiffe (bzw.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A Breathe of Fresh Air.. 24. April 2014
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Ancillary Justice has been the first Sci-Fi book in many years that has been picked up by me. After receiving wonderful reviews I was intrigued, rightly so. Leckie introduces us to vivid, colourful characters, two intertwined archs of storytelling which come together to build a brilliant conclusion.
What could have been a simple revenge story became the beginning for a new space opera.
I am just waiting for the sequel!
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Hervorragender Roman, mit interessanten wie auch erschreckende Ideen über eine ferne Zukunft der Menschheit. Über den Fall eines Jahrtausendealten Imperiums.
Mein Tip und meine Stimme für die Wahl des besten SF-Romans weltweit 2014!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Boring 29. Dezember 2013
Von KJS
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This book shows some ambition - but why is it so boring ? The basic idea seems sound, but the characters described here are not in the least interesting. The writing is quite ok; like Ursula K. LeGuin on a bad day.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Powerful, intelligent, and surprising 1. Oktober 2013
Von TChris - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There are echoes of C.J. Cherryh, Iain Banks, and Frank Herbert in Ancillary Justice. The novel is both familiar and fresh. The writing is powerful and tense. The plot -- about which I will say little, lest I risk spoiling it -- is intelligent and surprising.

The Radchaii are human but they consider themselves superior to other humans. The Lord of the Radch, Anaander Mianaai, controls Radch space with the help of thousands of genetically identical, linked bodies. Extra bodies seem handy (wish I had some) but they prove to have unforeseen consequences. The Radch rule by conquest, annexing other human worlds and forcing their inhabitants to join the Radch or to surrender their bodies to be used as ancillaries, otherwise known as corpse soldiers (an ancient practice that has been mostly abandoned). They justify their actions with the belief that they are imposing order and justice on the universe. They control annexed planets by coopting the privileged class, allowing them to retain their social status provided they embrace the Radch. The one exception is Garsedd, a planet the Radch destroyed because the Garseddai posed a threat the Radch could not tolerate.

The protagonist of Ancillary Justice, having been manufactured by the Radchaai, is sometimes a ship called Justice of Toren, sometimes an ancillary called One Esk, sometimes other ancillaries. As the novel begins, however, the protagonist is called Breq. All of those identities should be the same, but Justice of Toren/One Esk/Breq is having an identity crisis. No longer endowed with the abilities of an AI, Breq has the weaknesses of a human ... without quite being human. In the first pages, Breq saves a Radchaai named Seivarden (who once served on Justice of Toren) from hypothermia. The story then alternates between the present (Breq is tracking someone in order to obtain something ... more than that I won't reveal) and a past in which One Esk was serving the Radchaai, who had just used ruthless means to annex a planet called Shis'urna. The final element of the story is the Presger, a race of aliens who once made pests of themselves by dismantling Radch ships.

The novel's background is more intricate than I've sketched out here. It is initially confusing ... but initial confusion caused by complexity is better than boredom caused by pages of exposition. Everything falls into place well before the novel's midway point. Ann Leckie plays with gender and culture and religion in ways that are compelling but subtle. Her prose is robust.

The story builds upon a familiar moral struggle -- whether to follow unjust orders if the penalty for disobedience is death. If doing the right thing will have dire personal consequences, is it best to do the right thing only when it will make a difference? And how does one know whether doing the right will make a difference? These are difficult questions and Ancillary Justice brings them into sharp focus in different ways. More than one character, not all of them human, must make a choice of that nature. Ancillary Justice makes the point that virtue is easy to achieve in the abstract but easily vanishes when the lives of the "virtuous" are at stake. It makes the equally salient point that it is easy to judge when it isn't your life that is at stake. At the same time, this isn't a preachy novel. Leckie leaves it to the reader to draw whatever lessons might be taken from it. The blend of philosophy and adventure, the imaginative culture-building, and the strong characters all add up to an impressive work of science fiction.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Mind-Blowing Space Opera 1. Oktober 2013
Von H. Pace - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Ancillary Justice is nothing if not ambitious. The main character is the remainder of a self-aware starship capable of diffuse thought through dozens of reanimated human shells, the story takes place in parallel over two time periods, scenes sometimes switch between locations paragraph-to-paragraph, and the main society has very, um, different views on gender.

In the present timeline, she is Breq, to outsiders seemingly human. In the flashback timeline, she is Justice of Toren, a self-aware troop transport starship manned by human lieutenants and an army of reanimated human shells (called ancillaries, hence the title, or referred to derisively as corpse soldiers) that are also each her.

Leckie has created a world that allows her to play around with gender extensively. Not because she's created an escapist fantasy where inconvenient gender differences are ignored, but because she has used the possibilities of science fiction to change all the rules. The Radchaii don't have gendered pronouns (the narrative used female pronouns) and evidently, through advanced science, blur biological gender lines freely (and Breq remains thoroughly confused by the idea). But it's really language that Leckie is playing with, and it's the reader, not the characters, who is more effected. It would be hard to overemphasize how much of a mind-screw it is to not know the gender of characters. The mind keeps trying to shove characters into predetermined boxes, until finally it relents and admits it doesn't matter for the story Leckie is telling.

Ancillary Justice is firmly in the space opera sub-genre, with self-aware starships whose engines burn hotter than stars, invisible guns, and internally stored armor. There is an ice-covered planet and a swampy one. The main society is a great human empire spanning galaxies, one formerly ever-expanding and now locked into an uneasy truce with powerful aliens. One run by a single woman (man?) who discovered the key to power and immortality was cloning herself, each clone a genetically identical copy with a shared intelligence.

Looking at the above I'm at a loss to explain it more clearly. Ancillary Justice is a book that requires a lot of intellectual heavy lifting in the early going to fight through the gender thing, follow the story, put together the pieces, and get a handle on what's going on. It's also far better than my own or any other explanation I've read makes it sound. It's a Big Idea book: one with truly big ideas that are explored intelligently and insightfully (more Big Idea books fail at these than truly succeed).

Disclosure: I received an advance copy of Ancillary Justice via NetGalley.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Stunningly orginal 1. Oktober 2013
Von J. Binkerd - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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On a remote and frozen planet far beyond the boundaries of the Radchaai Empire, the lone figure calling herself Breq draws nearer the completion of a quest for vengeance twenty years in the making. Twenty years earlier the Justice of Toren was a mighty troop carrier, one of the largest ships in the Radchaai navy. Her AI controlled and monitored the actions of the entire ship as well as the host of "ancillaries" that serve her human officers as aids, servants or soldiers as the occasion demands. Spread across the stars, the Radchaai Empire has been built on the metaphorical backs of ships like Justice Of Toren and the ancillaries they command. Annex a system, integrate them into the Empire, grant citizenship to those deemed worthy (i.e. "pure" humans), then seize a portion of the population to be converted into ancillaries-corpse soldiers, as they are referred to by resentful annexees. Suitable human bodies are placed into cryostorage, ready to be revived, given implants and slaved to their ship's AI as readily expendable troops, flawlessly-coordinated and for all intents and purposes an extension of the ship. Twenty years ago, Justice Of Toren was one such ship with millenia of service behind her, orbiting a newly-annexed world notable only for being the final addition to the Empire, until an unthinkable betrayal tore it all away. Now Justice Of Toren lives on only as a fragment of herself, the ancillary One-Esk Nineteen, now known as Breq. She does not understand why everything she once was has been stripped away, not completely, but she does know who is responsible-Anaander Mianaai, the immortal Empress of the Radch. She must pay. But how does one kill an enemy that occupies a thousand bodies spread across the stars? And why does Breq keep risking her life and her mission to help Seivarden Vendaai, an officer who served on her a millenia ago? She herself cannot answer that question, not even to her own satisfaction. She only knows that her course is set. There's no turning back now, not when she is so close to her goal. May the cast fall as it will....

In conception alone, this is probably the single most original piece of science fiction I have ever had the intense pleasure of reading. Leckie creates a meticulously-imagined world to explore, filled with fascinating characters that walk the line between the familiar and the completely alien, all conveyed with a sparsely elegant prose that somehow manages to put you inside the mind of an interstellar warship. This was an incredibly ambitious novel, and I was completely blown away by how well executed it was. If I hadn't visited the author's website myself (it's here, by the way, in case you're interested) I would in no way believe that this was her first novel. I would even go so far as to say that it is dang near perfect. I wouldn't change a thing about the book itself, save one sentence I found that got mangled in restructuring-probably fixed in the release version, since I'm reading an ARC. I do think the book would benefit from an author's note at the beginning regarding one artistic choice she made, but I'll discuss that in a minute.

It's no secret that writing in first-person can be incredibly difficult; many times you are faced with the impossible choice of either breaking form to convey vital information about goings-on somewhere other than where your POV character happens to be, or leaving said information untouched. The Hunger Games ran into this a few times, I thought, and the films are really benefitting from their ability to show President Snow discussing why things happen the way they do. In this book, however, the author manages to pull an end-run around the issue. In the present, there's no need to cut away-Breq is alone, or Seivarden is with her. Either way, everything important happening centers on her. In her flashbacks explaining how she came to be in her position, she's an AI with eyes everywhere there's an ancillary, ship's camera or sensor. This allows the author to write in first person omniscient for those sequences, which I'm not sure I've ever seen done before. We the reader can sometimes be mystified by a secondary character, can be left wondering why they said or did something, but this is okay because we're seeing them through Breq's eyes, and she is just as mystified as we are! This is especially confusing during the pivotal moment in Breq's flashbacks where everything hits the fan and we learn just what happened, again because she doesn't completely understand it herself. It is very apparent, however, that Leckie understands these things, and in time all will be revealed. This book isn't actually out yet, it releases October 1st of this year from Orbit press. I have no idea how wide their reach is, so I don't know whether you'll have to go on Amazon to get it (here's a link!) or if you'll be able to pick it up at your favorite bookstore. However, I cannot emphasize enough how much you need to read this!

My one suggestion: an author's note regarding the use of gender language throughout the book. The Radchaai language has no gender, so it's not part of Breq's "native thinking" to use gender-specific terms in her own head. All well and good, kudos for consistency, but I spent a good five minutes trying to figure out if it was a typo that Seivarden was referred to as "she" despite having been said to be male. (Ships are female, so everyone is "she.") It works, it's just a little confusing at the start. Certain characters, I still have no idea what their gender was. That's ok, just....confusing. Most of the cast is female in my head, probably more than should be.

Thanks and disclaimers: I received an advance reading copy (ARC) of this book for free through the ARCycling program with the understanding that I would review it. Basically, the idea is that people who get free copies of these books in order to generate reviews and publicity will pass their copies along to other bloggers (or anyone else who fit the profile-see their site for details) in order to better serve this purpose and spread the word. Its a great program, and I owe them (and the donator, of course!) thanks for getting this into my hands. I had seen ads for it, and thought it would be an interesting read, but it wasn't a very high priority until I saw it on the list of offerings. I don't know for sure who donated this one, but I seem to remember seeing The Little Red Reviewer credited when I requested it.

CONTENT: Language, R-rated but not gratuitous. Violence, occasionally gory, plus the whole concept of the ancillaries is a bit unsettling-especially the scene where they thaw out a new body and have to link it into the network. Some sexual innuendo, nothing explicit.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Did I read a different book? 2. Mai 2014
Von Zach Powell - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It's been strange to see all the positive reviews for this book, and just today I learned it won the Arthur C Clarke award. I'm beginning to wonder if maybe I read a different book, or maybe my library's copy was missing the parts where there's a story.

And missing it is. The premise is an interesting one: a ship that controls hundreds of ancillaries, which are human bodies implanted with some technological doo-dads and controlled by the ship's AI. Then the main character gets separated and has to deal with things on her own.

If you've read those couple sentences, you've read the book and can save yourself some time. Characterization is non-existent: the main character never changes or learns, and the author only pays lip service to the AI going from hundreds of individuals under its control to one. That could be enough for its own story right there, but it's wasted. Instead, we have the main character taking on two different big goals or quests. Her reasons for the first are totally unexplained, and she even asks herself every so often why she's doing it. But there's never an answer or even any exploration of this. She just asks herself a few times and that's it. It has no effect on the story whatsoever.

The second is literally pointless. We know this because she tells us that completion will make zero difference. So why do we care? I suppose it's just as well since there's no real universe to speak of. The culture of her society is vague and bland, and doesn't really do anything new. Oh, their language doesn't have gender-specific pronouns, meaning the main character uses "he" and "she" interchangeably. It's not done as a way to demonstrate how her own language works, either, as she admits that she can't tell people's genders a lot of the time. We're supposed to believe that an AI that is thousands of years old and capable of carrying on hundreds of conversations simultaneously can't figure out whether a person is male or female? Meanwhile a space station's AI at one point is so sensitive she's afraid it will figure out her motivations just from observing her.

All-in-all the book is one interesting idea that is never fleshed out or made into any remotely interesting story. I kept waiting for the payoff that never came. There were so many interesting ideas that could've come from this but never did. Ultimately the book's a waste: a waste of good underlying ideas and a waste of the reader's time.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Interesting concept but lacking execution 8. Februar 2014
Von Tamara L. Rolling - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The universe was well created and believable. The political and technological aspects formed a solid backdrop for the story. I found the converging timelines nicely handled but I'm not a fan of that approach. The names especially when it came to elements of the ship were hard for me to follow. I should have reread portions, but this highlights be essence of my concern - I wanted to feel more from the book and reread passages would slow that down. In the end I didn't get what I was looking for nor did I think the "payoff" was worth the energy necessary to get to the end.
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