I updated all the posts and pages I’ve made previously to reflect that I’ve added the winners of the Arthur C. Clarke Awards to my reading list. That’s an additional 25 books.
The Arthur C. Clarke Award is aimed at British science fiction novels. Since I’m an unrepentant Anglophile, I couldn’t leave these books off my reading plan.
I’m about halfway finished with Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, which swept three of the four awards that made up my list. I’m loving the book so far.
The premise is that the artificial intelligence of a starship is stuck in the body of a soldier, separate from her existence as an AI powering a starship and multiple “ancillaries”–in the context of this novel, ancillaries are also called “corpse soldiers”. The evil Empire in this novel takes possession of the bodies of some of the population it conquers, so the AI for the ship is also present in multiple bodies at one time.
Something happened in the past to separate this AI from the rest of its consciousness, and it wants revenge.
After I finish Ancillary Justice, I’ll probably start reading The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters. It’s not on any of my lists, but it’s the first book in the trilogy that includes Countdown City, which did make my list. The premise is so intriguing that I bought all three books in the trilogy.