Ann Leckie

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Ann Leckie
Ann Leckie receiving the Hugo Award in 2014
Ann Leckie receiving the Hugo Award in 2014
Born (1966-03-02) March 2, 1966 (age 53)[1]
Toledo, Ohio[2]
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Notable worksAncillary Justice
Notable awardsHugo Award, Nebula Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, BSFA Award, Locus Award

Ann Leckie (born 1966)[3] is an American author of science fiction and fantasy. Her 2013 debut novel Ancillary Justice, in part about artificial consciousness and gender-blindness won the 2014 Hugo Award for "Best Novel",[4][5] as well as the Nebula Award,[6] the Arthur C. Clarke Award,[7] and the BSFA Award.[8] The sequels, Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy, each won the Locus Award, and were nominated for the Nebula Award. Provenance, published in 2017, is also set in the Imperial Radch universe. Leckie's first fantasy novel, The Raven Tower, was published in February 2019.[9]


Having grown up as a science fiction fan in St. Louis, Missouri, Leckie's attempts in her youth to get her science fiction works published were unsuccessful. One of her few publications from that time was an unattributed bodice-ripper in True Confessions.[3]

After giving birth to her children in 1996 and 2000, boredom as a stay-at-home mother motivated her to sketch a first draft of what would become Ancillary Justice for National Novel Writing Month 2002. In 2005, Leckie attended the Clarion West Writers Workshop, studying under Octavia Butler. After that, she wrote Ancillary Justice over a period of six years; it was picked up by publisher Orbit in 2012 and the published the following year.[3][9]

Leckie has published numerous short stories, including in Subterranean Magazine, Strange Horizons and Realms of Fantasy. Her short stories have been selected for inclusion in year's best collections, such as The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, edited by Rich Horton.[10]

She edited the science fiction and fantasy online magazine Giganotosaurus[11] from 2010 to 2013, and is assistant editor of the PodCastle podcast.[12] She served as the secretary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 2012 to 2013.[13]

Imperial Radch trilogy

Leckie's debut novel Ancillary Justice, the first book of the Imperial Radch space opera trilogy, was published to critical acclaim in October 2013, and obtained all principal English-language science fiction awards. It follows Breq, the sole survivor of a starship destroyed by treachery and vessel of that ship's artificial consciousness, as she attempts to revenge herself on the ruler of her empire.

The sequel, Ancillary Sword, was published in October 2014, and the conclusion, Ancillary Mercy, was published in October 2015. "Night's Slow Poison"[14] (2014) and "She Commands Me and I Obey"[15] (2014) are short stories set in the same universe.

Other novels

In 2015, Orbit Books purchased two additional novels from Leckie. The first, Provenance, was published on 3 October 2017 and is set in the Imperial Radch universe.[16] The second was to have been an unrelated science fiction novel.[17] In April 2018, Orbit announced that Leckie's first fantasy novel, The Raven Tower, would be published in early 2019.[18]



Set in the Ancillary universe

Imperial Radch trilogy
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  2. Ancillary Sword, Orbit, 7 October 2014, ISBN 978-0-356-50241-0
  3. Ancillary Mercy, Orbit, 6 October 2015, ISBN 978-0-356-50242-7
Other novels

Non-Ancillary novels

Short fiction

  • "Hesperia and Glory," Subterranean Magazine 4, 2006[19] (reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year 2007 Edition, edited by Rich Horton)
  • "Marsh Gods," Strange Horizons, July 7, 2008
  • "The God of Au," Helix #8, (reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2009 edited by Rich Horton)
  • "The Endangered Camp," Clockwork Phoenix 2, 2009 (reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010, edited by Rich Horton)
  • "The Unknown God," Realms of Fantasy, February 2010
  • "Beloved of the Sun," Beneath Ceaseless Skies, October 21, 2010
  • "Maiden, Mother, Crone," Realms of Fantasy, December 2010
  • "Another Word for World," Future Visions: Original Science Fiction Stories Inspired by Microsoft , 2015
Set in the Ancillary universe
  • "Night's Slow Poison,"[14] on (2014)
  • "She Commands Me and I Obey"[15] (2014)

Critical studies and reviews of Leckie's work

  • Sparks, Cat (February – March 2014). "[Untitled review]". Coda. Reviews. Cosmos. 55: 105. Review of Ancillary Justice.

Awards and nominations

Personal life

Leckie obtained a degree in music from Washington University in 1989.[3] She has since held various jobs, including as a waitress, a receptionist, a land surveyor and a recording engineer. She is married to David Harre, with whom she has a son and daughter, and lives with her family in St. Louis, Missouri.[3][36]


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  5. ^ "The winner of the 2014 #HugoAward for Best Novel is Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie #Loncon3 #Worldcon". Twitter. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  6. ^ "2013 Nebula Awards Winners". Locus. 17 May 2014. Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  7. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 1988 Arthur C. Clarke Award". Locus. Archived from the original on 5 September 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  8. ^ "Announcing the 2013 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award Winners". Retrieved 17 May 2014.
  9. ^ a b Leckie, Ann (2019). The Raven Tower. Orbit Books. p. front matter. ISBN 9780316388696. LCCN 2018040311. Simultaneously published in Great Britain and in the U.S. by Orbit in 2019¶ First Edition:February 2019
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  11. ^ "GigaNotoSaurus". SF Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  12. ^ "Guidelines". PodCastle. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  13. ^ "2012 Election Results". SFWA. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  14. ^ a b "Night's Slow Poison". Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  15. ^ a b "Strange Horizons Fiction: She Commands Me and I Obey part 1 of 2, by Ann Leckie". Archived from the original on 21 March 2015. Retrieved 11 October 2015.
  16. ^ "Cover Reveal: Provenance By Ann Leckie". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  17. ^ "Orbit Books Announces Two New Ann Leckie Novels!". Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  18. ^ a b "Orbit Books Announces Ann Leckie's First Fantasy Novel The Raven Tower". 13 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  19. ^ "Subterranean Magazine" (PDF) (4). 2006: 31.
  20. ^ 2013 Awards | The Kitschies
  21. ^ Lauréats 2016 | Prix Bob Morane
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  24. ^ "2014 Campbell and Sturgeon Award Winners". Locus Magazine Online. 10 June 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  25. ^ 2014 Compton Crook Award Finalists | Locus Online
  26. ^ Scott, Donna (6 April 2015). "The BSFA Awards 2014 Winners Announced". BSFA. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  27. ^ "2014 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 20 February 2015. Retrieved 21 February 2015.
  28. ^ "2015 Hugo and Campbell Award Finalists". Locus Magazine Online. 4 April 2015. Retrieved 4 April 2015.
  29. ^ "2016 Locus Awards Winners". Locus Magazine Online. 25 June 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  30. ^ "2015 Nebula Awards Winners". Locus Magazine Online. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2016.
  31. ^ "2016 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners". Locus Magazine Online. 20 August 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  32. ^ "2016 Dragon Awards Winners". Locus Magazine Online. 6 September 2016. Retrieved 14 September 2016.
  33. ^ a b "Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2017 Winners". Locus Magazine Online. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  34. ^ "2017年 第48回星雲賞" [2017 The 48th Seiun Awards] (in Japanese). FSFFGJ. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  35. ^ "2018 Hugo Awards". Hugo Awards. Retrieved 3 August 2019.
  36. ^ Leckie, Ann. "About". Retrieved 27 December 2013.

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