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It's neither. Some characters (e.g. Seivarden) are definitely male, and probably there are as many female as male Radchaai (at least I din't find any hint about a gender imbalance in the book.) We are essentially reading a (fictional) English translation of a Radchaai book. The Radchaai language does not mark gender in any way, but in English, we do not ...


11

I just asked Ann Leckie, author of the Imperial Raadch trilogy, this question on Twitter. Her response, posted here, is @matgutting There is no significance to the number, it's just one I chose because it seemed cool for whatever reason.


9

According to the author herself, adamant pretty much has it right [that is, in saying that "the existence of three different pronouns need not have much to do with physical sex"]. Genitals don't define gender for Hwaeans. Also, this particular construction of gender is common/dominant in Hwae and a few other systems. (source) Nearly all of the ...


7

It seems that every ship's complement begins with two primary decades of soldiers: One decade is named after the ship's namesake (generally a patron god) and directly serves the captain (e.g. Breq's Kalr decade aboard Mercy of Kalr). One decade is named after Amaat, the primary Radchaai god, and that seems to be used to indicate the highest-ranking or most ...


6

The ships in the Radchaai military don't map especially well to anything in our contemporary ocean-going navies, which came out of a specific history shaped first by the Washington Naval Treaty and then by Cold War innovations like ballistic missile submarines (as well as by the use in land conflicts of carrier-based aviation, helicopter-borne marine forces, ...


5

The author herself is not sure, but speculates that its size is intermediate between a Mercy and a Sword: Transcript: (Matt Gutting): @ann_leckie is there anywhere other than you I could go to answer this question? Don't have books with me. (9:48 AM - 7 Nov 2016) (Ann Leckie): @matgutting I actually don't know for sure! I didn't need it for the ...


4

From Imperial Radch Wiki: Lieutenant Skaiaat Awer was the commander of Justice of Ente Seven Issa during the Shis'urna annexation From the Breq page on the same wiki: It is lightly implied that the body that Breq inhabits now is the one that was attached to her ship's consciousness in Ancillary Justice after action on Shis'Urna (Emphasis mine.) The ...


3

In contrast to the answer by Jim Davis, I posit that the lack of explicit gender-related questions is intentional and exactly the point. The author has kept it so deliberately vague that it highlights only our own questions and assumptions about the role of gender (both in the stories we read and society in general). In terms of the fictional universe, I ...


1

Just to follow up on this for anyone finding it later on, the clues for all of this are in the text of Provenance but the dots aren't always easy to connect. It appears that Hwaean children aren't actually gendered - they're just children - then they choose their gender upon reaching maturity. They can be man, woman or neman, the setting's non-binary third ...


1

Io9 has an infographic that details the features of the various ship classes. Ann Leckie linked there via her blog, so I assume it's pretty much legit. Difference is size and troup complement (or number of ancilliaries), although Swords and Mercie appear to be somewhat similar.


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