Fiction Friday: “The Imperial Radch” Series

Fiction Friday: “The Imperial Radch” Series

Good morning, E-N Computers-sphere! We've made it to Friday once again, and as promised, E-N Computers, in partnership with Massanutten Regional Library, has a new book suggestion for your weekend entertainment. This week, we're suggesting a series written by Ann Leckie called "The Imperial Radch". If you're into futuristic worlds with robots and space battles, and you've already seen Star Wars, pick these up.

The trilogy focuses on a character called Breq, an AI human who used to be a warship in command of thousands of soldiers. Imagine if the Cloud were downloaded into a person. That is Breq. We follow her through her quest to regain power within her empire, fighting her way through dangerous missions that may or may not work out in her favor. These stories are set in various far-away planets. The first, "Ancillary Justice", on an icy planet where Breq first loses control of her fleet. The other two books, "Ancillary Sword" and "Ancillary Mercy", continue Breq's adventures, leading her to different parts of the galaxy her creators have captured.

Ann Leckie finished "The Imperial Radch" trilogy in 2015. Since then, she has continued to write, publishing another book called "Provenance", independent of her original trilogy. Born in 1966, she has always had an interested in creating works within the Science Fiction genre. Leckie received the 2014 Hugo Award for Best Novel as well as the Nebula Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award, and the BSFA Award, for "Ancillary Justice".

A huge thank you to the Massanutten Regional Library for providing an analysis of Ann Leckie's "The Imperial Radch" series. This article was published in conjunction with the MRL and Susan Versen, MRL Head of Reference