Mi-a apărut în Galileo recenzia lui Ancillary Justice de Ann Leckie, un debut fenomenal care m-a făcut să scriu probabil cea mai entuziastă recenzie de până acum. Şi dacă nu mă credeţi pe mine, puteţi să-i ascultaţi pe: Chris Beckett, Elizabeth Bear, Ian Sales, Kameron Hurley, A Dribble of Ink, Book Smugglers, Andrew Liptak, Wertzone, Bookworm Blues, SFF World, Far Beyond Reality, IO9, SFX, Pornokitsch, Staffer’s Book Review sau Tor.com.
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I’m not fit to touch the sandal strap of The Left Hand of Darkness but there’s no question that it’s had a very direct and obvious effect on my own book. The conversation I’m in–the space opera conversation–is a conversation full of both women’s and men’s voices. Of books that are mothers and grandmothers and aunts to mine.
So, I did take my toys out of the common box. But I wanted to do something different with them, even if it was only slightly different. Usually, when I’m looking at story ideas, at pieces of setting or at characters, I ask myself, “What’s the reason this interests me enough for me to sit down and spend hours and days and weeks writing about it?”
I didn’t start off meaning to examine how the use of gendered pronouns shapes our thoughts about the people around us, really I didn’t. But then, isn’t that one of the things science fiction is for, what it excels at? Imagining strange and unfamiliar worlds, that maybe give us a new and interesting way to think about our own?
The AIs in Ancillary Justice aren’t emotionless at all. On the contrary, it’s emotions that get Breq/Justice of Toren into trouble to begin with. But investigating the physiology of human emotion gave me a better handle on why I had assumed, from the start, that Radchaai AIs would feel — and helped me see how that would work, and what that would mean for my story. The intense, automatic nature of emotions means they can be used to manipulate — but they can also be the impetus for necessary change. After all, if you’re not angry about something, why would you bother to do anything about it?