Questions tagged [imperial-radch]

For questions about "Imperial Radch", a trilogy of books by Ann Leckie. Use in conjunction with the relevant book tag where appropriate.

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Which ship classes are depicted in the cover art for the Imperial Radch books?

Which classes of ship are which in the art on the covers of the three books in the Imperial Radch series?
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When is Breq's ability to see through her crew's eyes first mentioned?

In Chapter 5 of Ancillary Sword, Breq mentions being able to see “through Kalr Five’s unsuspecting eyes”. Is this the first place in the Imperial Radch trilogy that her ability to do this is mentioned?...
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Why is Breq confident that Lieutenant Skaaiat will not recognize her?

On her arrival at Omaugh Palace, Breq says It was impossible that Lieutenant Skaaiat would recognize me which also appears to be true of Daos Ceit (the former flower-bearer). That makes sense if ...
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What's up with sex and pronouns in Ann Leckie's Provenance?

I'm currently half-way through Ann Leckie's novel Provenance, and am finding myself really confused by the pronouns and sexes. Can anyone explain what's going on? I'm getting the impression that maybe ...
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What is the difference between a Justice, a Sword and a Mercy? [duplicate]

In the Imperial Radch series by Ann Leckie, what is the difference between a Justice, Sword, and Mercy? I have a feeling it has to do with size or rank, but I am not sure. Please no spoilers, I have ...
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What was the size of the ancient Sphene-ship of the Radch Universe and how many ancillaries did she operate?

What do you think, was it small, like Mercies and Swords, or large, like Justices?
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How are Radchaai ships and crews structured?

As I understand it, each Radch warship is one of three classes - a Sword, which is a rapid attack craft; a Mercy, which is some some sort of general-purpose in-between craft; or a Justice, which is a ...
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Why is the distance that shots fired by the (Presger) Garseddai gun can penetrate through an object 1.11 metres?

In the Imperial Radch trilogy of novels, the protagonist Breq Mianaai is in possession of a powerful weapon created by the alien Presger. The weapon is a relic from the failed resistance of Garsedd (...
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What differentiates the Radchaai warship classes?

What is difference between the Radchaai warship classes in the Imperial Radch series? As far as I am able to tell, Justice-class vessels are troop carriers, and Sword-class vessels seem to be ...
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How many colonies (populated solar systems) in the Radch Universe?

If there is no exact number, what is your proposed approximate number? What is your rationale for choosing this number?
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Is everyone really female in Ancillary Justice or is the ancillary just unable to tell?

In the book Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie most characters are indicated as female with the pronouns selected. There's some discussion about the main character being able to identify the sex because ...