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 52)[1]
Toledo, Ohio[citation needed]
Occupation Author
Nationality American
Period 2006–present
Genre Science fiction, fantasy
Notable works Ancillary Justice
Notable awards Hugo Award, Nebula Award, Arthur C. Clarke Award, BSFA Award, Locus Award

Ann Leckie (born 1966)[2] is an American author and editor of science fiction and fantasy. Her 2013 debut novel Ancillary Justice won the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novel[3][4] as well as the Nebula Award,[5] the Arthur C. Clarke Award,[6] and the BSFA Award.[7] The sequels Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy each won the Locus Award and were nominated for the Nebula Award.


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.[2]

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 Orbit in 2012.[2]

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.[8]

She edited the science fiction and fantasy online magazine Giganotosaurus[9] from 2010 to 2013, and is assistant editor of the PodCastle podcast.[10] She served as the secretary of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America from 2012 to 2013.[11]

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 the vessel of that ship's artificial consciousness, as she attempts to revenge herself on the ruler of her civilization. The sequel, Ancillary Sword, was published in October 2014, and the conclusion, Ancillary Mercy, was published in October 2015.

"Night's Slow Poison"[12] (2014) and "She Commands Me and I Obey"[13] (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.[14] The second was to have been an unrelated science fiction novel.[15] In April 2018, Orbit announced that Leckie's first fantasy novel, The Raven Tower, would be published in early 2019.[16]



Set in the Ancillary universe

Imperial Radch trilogy
  1. Ancillary Justice, Orbit, 1 October 2013, ISBN 978-0-356-50240-3
  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

  • The Raven Tower, forthcoming in early 2019[16]
Short stories in the Ancillary universe
  • "Night's Slow Poison,"[12] on (2014)
  • "She Commands Me and I Obey"[13] (2014)

Short fiction

  • "Hesperia and Glory," Subterranean Magazine 4, 2006[17] (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

Critical studies and reviews of Leckie's work

  • Sparks, Cat (Feb–Mar 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.[2] 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.[2][33]


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  2. ^ a b c d e Wicentowski, Danny (25 June 2014). "Is Ann Leckie the Next Big Thing in Science Fiction?". Riverfront Times. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  3. ^ "2014 Hugo Awards". The Hugo Awards. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  4. ^ "The winner of the 2014 #HugoAward for Best Novel is Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie #Loncon3 #Worldcon". Twitter. Retrieved 17 August 2014.
  5. ^ "2013 Nebula Awards Winners". Locus. 2014-05-17. Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  6. ^ "The Locus Index to SF Awards: 1988 Arthur C. Clarke Award". Locus. Archived from the original on 25 September 2012. Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  7. ^ "Announcing the 2013 British Science Fiction Association (BSFA) Award Winners". Retrieved 2014-05-17.
  8. ^ "Bibliography". Retrieved 2014-06-19.
  9. ^ "GigaNotoSaurus". SF Encyclopedia. Retrieved 18 May 2014.
  10. ^ "Guidelines". PodCastle. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  11. ^ "2012 Election Results". SFWA. Retrieved 2014-06-17.
  12. ^ a b "Night's Slow Poison". Retrieved 2015-10-11.
  13. ^ 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 2015-10-11.
  14. ^ "Cover Reveal: Provenance By Ann Leckie". Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Orbit Books Announces Two New Ann Leckie Novels!". Retrieved 10 April 2015.
  16. ^ a b "Orbit Books Announces Ann Leckie's First Fantasy Novel The Raven Tower". 13 April 2018. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  17. ^ "Subterranean Magazine" (PDF) (4). 2006: 31.
  18. ^ 2013 Awards | The Kitschies
  19. ^ Lauréats 2016 | Prix Bob Morane
  20. ^ "2016年 第47回星雲賞" [2016 The 47th Seiun Awards] (in Japanese). FSFFGJ. Archived from the original on 2016-03-30. Retrieved 2016-07-11.
  21. ^ 2013 Philip K. Dick Nominees Announced | Locus Online
  22. ^ "2014 Campbell and Sturgeon Award Winners". Locus Magazine Online. June 10, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  23. ^ 2014 Compton Crook Award Finalists | Locus Online
  24. ^ Scott, Donna (6 April 2015). "The BSFA Awards 2014 Winners Announced". BSFA. Retrieved 6 April 2015.
  25. ^ "2014 Nebula Awards Nominees Announced". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. February 20, 2015. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  26. ^ "2015 Hugo and Campbell Award Finalists". Locus Magazine Online. 2015-04-04. Retrieved 2015-04-04.
  27. ^ "2016 Locus Awards Winners". Locus Magazine Online. June 25, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  28. ^ "2015 Nebula Awards Winners". Locus Magazine Online. May 14, 2016. Retrieved June 25, 2016.
  29. ^ "2016 Hugo and Campbell Awards Winners". Locus Magazine Online. August 20, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  30. ^ "2016 Dragon Awards Winners". Locus Magazine Online. September 6, 2016. Retrieved September 14, 2016.
  31. ^ a b "Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire 2017 Winners". Locus Magazine Online. June 5, 2017. Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  32. ^ "2017年 第48回星雲賞" [2017 The 48th Seiun Awards] (in Japanese). FSFFGJ. Retrieved 2017-07-24.
  33. ^ Leckie, Ann. "About". Retrieved 27 December 2013.

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