Ancillary Justice book discussion + dinner

EDIT: The ebook looks like it's no longer on sale, but Ancillary Justice did just win the Hugo Award for Best Novel, as well as the Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke, and British Science Fiction Associations awards.

EDIT: The ebook of Ancillary Justice is currently on sale (as of 7/3) at Barnes & Noble and Amazon for $1.99. I don't know how long the sale will last, but if you have a Nook or Kindle you might want to pick it up.

For our August science fiction book discussion we'll read Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie and we'll meet to talk about it on Thursday August 28. 

I'm interested in reading this hard SF military space opera because it seemed to be one of the most talked about and highly praised science fiction novels of 2013. Ancillary Justice won this year's Arthur C. Clarke Award for best science fiction novel of the year and the British Science Fiction Association Award for Best Novel of 2013. It is also nominated for both the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novel this year, and was on the Tiptree Award Honor List.

Synopsis: From Nebula and Arthur C. Clarke Award nominated debut author, Ann Leckie, comes Ancillary Justice, a stunning space opera that asks what it means to be human in a universe guided by artificial intelligence.
On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest.

Breq is both more than she seems and less than she was. Years ago, she was the Justice of Toren--a colossal starship with an artificial intelligence linking thousands of corpse soldiers in the service of the Radch, the empire that conquered the galaxy.

An act of treachery has ripped it all away, leaving her with only one fragile human body. And only one purpose--to revenge herself on Anaander Mianaai, many-bodied, near-immortal Lord of the Radch.


Praise for Ancillary Justice: "Leckie uses familiar set pieces — an expansionist galaxy-spanning empire, 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


Author bio: 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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We'll meet again at Packard's library room, which is a separate room off of the far right corner of the restaurant, on the first floor; if you don't find it easily, just ask any of the staff for the library room. This room is free to reserve and is a great location for discussion. However, it is expected that those attending will order a meal. Their meals are moderately priced, generally in the $9-12 range. Here's their menu.

*There is a limit of 12 attendees for this event, to make sure everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion and because the room can't comfortably accommodate more than that. Please RSVP before it fills up! And if you have RSVPd but something has come up, please update your RSVP so someone else will have a chance.

I'll consider adding a 2nd meeting on another day if there is enough interest/are enough people on the waitlist.*


If you have suggestions for future discussion group selections you can post them here on our message board, or just message me directly.


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