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Ancillary Justice
By Ann Leckie
Orbit, 2013


Ancillary Justice is a science fiction novel set in the far future; it might reasonably be described as a space opera. It is the first in the Imperial Radch trilogy.

Justice of Toren is a warship -- but not just a warship. She is the ship and all of its solders, a compound mind that splits her awareness between dozens of bodies. Most of our knowledge of…

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