May 13, 2015

Science fiction: Ancillary Sword

Posted in Society at 04:56 by graham

It was a gesture meant to comfort. Even if they hadn’t already known the reason for our coming, they could not have failed to notice my shaved head and the mourning stripe across my face, and Captain Hetny’s. These people didn’t know us, quite possibly didn’t know who had died. We represented the forces that had conquered them, torn them away from their home world to labor here. They had no reason to care for our feelings. They had no reason to think that either of us knew enough Delsig to understand the words. And no expectation that we would understand the import of their song even if we did. Such things are fraught with symbolic and historic significance, carry great emotional weight – but only for someone aware of that significance to begin with.

They sang it anyway.

From Ancillary Sword, by Ann Lecke.

If you’re going to read it, start with Hugo and Nebula away winner Ancillary Justice.

1 Comment »

  1. Rodrigo Medeiros said,

    May 27, 2015 at 15:57

    I started reading Ancillary Justice and already love it! Thanks for sharing!

    There is a neat list of all winners of both Nebula and Hugo awards at Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_joint_winners_of_the_Hugo_and_Nebula_awards (Ender’s Game is a favorite of mine).

    I have been creeping the blog for while, and just wanted to say hi … Hi!

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