Welcome to Episode 113 of Speculate! The Podcast for Writers, Readers and Fans. In this episode we begin a new triptych of shows on the work of Ann Leckie, focusing on her debut novel Ancillary Justice–the first novel ever to win the Hugo, Nebula and Clarke awards in a single year. Ancillary Justice plays with conventions of gender, points of view and mediations on empire, and during the course of our response we talk about the power of a great concept, excellent worldbuilding and engaging character development. If you enjoy the discussion, don’t forget to check back next week when we’ll talk to the author herself about the process of writing this book. Until then, thanks as always for listening, and please continue to spread the word about the show!