Ann Leckie

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Ann Leckie
Ann Leckie receiving the Hugo Award in 2014
Born (1966-03-02) March 2, 1966 (age 48)[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

Ann Leckie (born 1966)[2] is an American author and editor of science fiction and fantasy. She is known principally for her 2013 debut novel Ancillary Justice, which 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]


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. She is an assistant editor of the PodCastle podcast.[10] She served as vice president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 2012-2013.[11]

Imperial Radch trilogy[edit]

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, is forthcoming, to be published in October 2015.



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, forthcoming

Selected short stories[edit]

  • "Maiden, Mother, Crone," Realms of Fantasy, December 2010
  • "Beloved of the Sun," Beneath Ceaseless Skies, October 21, 2010
  • "The Unknown God," Realms of Fantasy, February 2010
  • "The Endangered Camp," Clockwork Phoenix 2, 2009 (reprinted in The Year's Best Science Fiction & Fantasy, 2010 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)
  • "Hesperia and Glory," Subterranean Magazine 4, 2006 (reprinted in Science Fiction: The Best of the Year 2007 Edition edited by Rich Horton)

Personal life[edit]

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][12]


  1. ^ "Ann Leckie: Silhouettes". Locus Online. Retrieved 1 January 2015. 
  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 2012-09-25. 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. ^ Leckie, Ann. "About". Retrieved 27 December 2013. 

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