Rewriting Gendered Society: A Review of Ann Leckie’s “Ancillary Justice”

The most notable aspect of Ann Leckie’s multiple-award-winning science fiction novel Ancillary Justice? Its pronouns, specifically the narrator’s default usage of “she.”

At least, that’s what you might come to believe based on reviews of the book, and the controversy its feminine pronouns have caused in the world of science fiction. Which is a shame, really, given how many other culturally-constructed norms are tackled and questioned by the book, along with its sequels, Ancillary Sword and Ancillary Mercy. Personally, I believe the biggest social issue the trilogy takes on is more blatantly political and uncomfortable to face for those of us […] Read more…


Postponed Memory

Reading a poet like Darwish shouldn’t be some kind of cultural chore. It shouldn’t be done out of pity for underrepresented writers or even duty to an ideal of coexistence. It should be done out of love for the work. Read more…

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