Okay, permit me a bit of squee here.
Leckie rocked the Sci-Fi/Fantasy world in 2014, winning the Hugo, Nebula, Clarke, BSFA and Locus awards with Ancillary Justice. The novel follows Breq, a sentient spaceship whose consciousness inhabits a human body, or ancillary, as she seeks revenge on the imperial leader who destroyed her ship and crew. An unusual premise for a space opera, made all the more intriguing because Leckie only uses female pronouns throughout the novel. She also manages to work her love of tea and shape-note singing into the novel.
The follow-up, Ancillary Sword, came out to equal acclaim last October and has already garnered a Nebula nomination. The Hugo nominations will be announced in a couple weeks, but it is already a heavy favorite.
Seriously, if you haven’t read them, pick them up. Now.
The final entry in Leckie’s “Imperial Radch” trilogy, Ancillary Mercy, hits stores in October.
Now if only Phoenix Comicon announces Robert Jackson Bennett I’ll be happy.
— Michael Senft