Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is a fantastic sprawling sci-fi story, set in the far future, with an AI as the central character. The character development is superb, and I especially appreciated the spot-on nuance about how AI might operate. Of course, as in all sci-fi there are incongruities: an amazing AI and stargates, but they are still using paper currency…? But maybe we 21st century readers need that? Leckie also uses some cool technique, by replicating the AI multiple point of view problem in the narration. The text thus slows you down, the reader, and the complexity forces you to think more, rather than passively absorb the story and setting. Definitely deserved the various major awards.
Blogs I Follow
- I get it and I don’t get it…. mocking earnestness and mocking people are not the same thing
- Excession, by Iain Banks
- I listened. The Republicans are not saying much. Rep. Sensenbrenner (R,WI) offers an oped in the New York Times
- Greatest song ever recorded, for its voice, and lilting but complex melody: Myan Myan by Coupé Cloué
- “Sevastopol” by Emilio Fraia in The New Yorker
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