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So, a few guest blogs have gone up. I mentioned the Booksmugglers post yesterday. There are a couple more, though.

John Scalzi kindly let me do a Big Idea post.

Over on the Orbit blog I talk a little bit about why I made the choice to use (nearly) all feminine pronouns.

Fabulous writer and historian Gillian Polack (whose story “Horrible Historians” appeared right next door to “Hesperia and Glory” in issue number four of Subterranean Magazine. (Link is a PDF) I have a special emotional attachment to everything in that issue, because it was my first ever spec fic sale) I got lost in that parenthetical information, didn’t I. Let’s start again. Fabulous writer and historian Gillian Polack very generously allowed me to natter about Ancient Egypt and it’s (vague) connection to Ancillary Justice

And the Qwillery has a brief interview up.

Oh, and I don’t think I linked this here, but you can read the first chapter at the Orbit website.

And, editing to add, just as I hit “publish” I found that my post on AI and emotion has gone up at SF Signal.

Yesterday was the most amazing day. So many people tweeting, reviews–my Amazon rank, you guys, I didn’t even know Amazon did this thing where they keep track of which books have increased in rank by how much in the past twenty four hours. It turned up on twitter, which is how I found it. For a brief period, Ancillary Justice was the number one “Mover and Shaker” because it had increased in rank by I don’t know how many thousand percent. It started the day ranking somewhere around thirty-five thousand and ended around three hundred something, and is currently number nineteen in science fiction, and now I forbid myself access to Amazon until next Monday because otherwise I’d just be sitting there going “…” all day.

The signing is still a thing! If you’d like a signed copy, you can order one from Subterranean Books in St. Louis and I will sign it Thursday night. You won’t get cake, sadly, unless you come to the signing itself. I’d pack some up for you if I could, but as things are, it’s better if I don’t try it.

Mirrored from Ann Leckie.


Thanks for the link to the first chapter. I'm off to buy the book now. :)

Squeeee! Nadi, I am ever so proud. Also, saw Genevieve Valentine's awesome review at the NPR site, and read the excerpt, and I am SOLD. So so good, right up my alley, do want! :D

OMG thank you, nadi-ma! I am in a constant state of "..." over the review at NPR Books, and the reception generally. (It has not been uniformly well-received, of course, but that only tells me I might not actually be hallucinating, because different strokes and one man's Mede and all that.)

I am hoping very much that you enjoy it!

I'm definitely trying to get my hands on it! :D

I, too, would be overwhelmed at this much attention! It must be amazing and terrifying and somewhat discombobulating at turns. Eee, Big Idea at Scalzi's! Among, you know, lots of bigger famouser places--but that's a metric I actually follow. But from what I can see, entirely deserved, nandi, entirely.

(Interestingly--it does seem to me like something written by a fan of nand'CJ. Not derivative in any sense, but the sort of thing I might say to a friend, "If you like this, you will also like this." Language and interstellar politics and playing with culture and personhood...yes yes good. <3)

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Oh, nadi, the main character's name (or, one of her aliases, or however one wishes to describe it) being one letter off "Bren" is not an accident. Nor are some of the place names, which are meant to be bows visible to other fans. Foreigner's stamp on AJ is really obvious to other Foreigner fans. :D I do hope other fans enjoy it, and have assumed from the beginning that's who's most likely to.

It must be amazing and terrifying and somewhat discombobulating at turns.

Yes. Yes it is.

Oh yes--"Breq"!! I couldn't stop laughing with glee, and hoped that was on purpose. It sounds suitably alien, too. Oh, and finding the stranger who fell from the stars (or however it was worded in the back cover copy, even if clearly the situation turned out to be different from Ian and Manadgi) was awfully familiar too. :D I love callbacks like that.

"--Listen: master get and you've got the irregular indivisibles of shikira, makkiura,, and shis'urna. Any three quarters of any verb in the -irei class: they rhyme iwth the -ra plurals, at least in the past tenses."

--you have that entire exchange memorized, don't you? I had the Ragi for Bren's "Are you a paidhi or not, Jasi-ji?" speech the first time they went up to the station committed to memory at one point, which I then doodled on every available surface using Nepenti's fonts. :)

Not memorized! But I knew exactly where to open the book to find it!

There are some passages that just spring into my memory sometimes, though, or odd sentences. :)

"--Listen: master get and you've got the irregular indivisibles of shikira, makkiura,, and shis'urna. Any three quarters of any verb in the -irei class: they rhyme iwth the -ra plurals, at least in the past tenses."

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