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Women’s Book Club - Ancillary Justice
 
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Monday, April 3rd, 2017 @ 19:00
Starbucks, Rue du Mont-Blanc 26, 1201 Genève, (opposite the station not in the station), Geneva
 
Join the Geneva Women's Book Club for a friendly discussion of the record-breaking debut novel that won every major science fiction award in 2014, Ancillary Justice.

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This is the story of a warship trapped in a human body and her search for revenge. Ann Leckie is the first author to win the Arthur C. Clarke, the Nebula and the Hugo Award for Best Novel in the same year.

Ancillary Justice is a space opera set thousands of years in the future, where the primary galactic power of human-occupied planets is the expansionist Radch empire. The empire uses AIs to control human bodies ("ancillaries") that are used as soldiers, though regular humans also are soldiers. The Radchaai do not distinguish people by gender, and Leckie conveys this by using female personal pronouns for everybody, and by having the Radchaai main character guess wrongly when she has to use languages with gender-specific pronouns.

The narrative begins several years after the disappearance of a Radch starship, the Justice of Toren, when the sole surviving ancillary (and fragment of the Justice of Toren's consciousness), Breq, encounters an officer, Seivarden, whom she had known 1,000 years earlier. The two are on an ice planet, and Seivarden is in precarious condition. The plot switches between two strands: Breq's "present day" quest for justice for the Justice of Toren's destruction, and flashbacks from 19 years earlier when the Justice of Toren was in orbit around the planet of Shis'urna, which was being formally brought into the Radchaai empire.

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The book meeting will also be an opportunity for some book swapping. If, like me, you struggle to get rid of books but have a surplus you know you don't plan to read again then please feel free to bring along a book or two (but no more than that to avoid overloading attendees) and another book club member can take them away with them.
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