Ann Leckie: "Provenance"
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This is the twelfth episode of "Talking with Authors" by HEC Media and HEC Books. We're a program dedicated to speaking with some of the best selling authors around, covering many different genres.

Today our author is a Hugo, Nebula, and Arthur C. Clarke Award winning science fiction writer Ann Leckie.  We spoke with her in December of 2017, shortly after the release of her book “Provenance”, part of the “Ancillary” universe of books from the publisher Orbit that made her beloved by readers of the science fiction genre.

This New York Times Best Selling author’s rise to sci-fi stardom began with her first novel “Ancillary Justice” in 2013 and kicked off her award winning career. The “Imperial Radch” trilogy continued with “Ancillary Sword” in 2014 and “Ancillary Mercy” in 2015 and featured sharply tuned characters dealing with ancient alien cultures. And while “Provenance” is set on the other side of the same universe as the “Ancillary” books, Leckie wrote the protagonist, Ingray, with an atypical attitude for a lead in that world…one that may be more relatable to most of us down here on Earth.

We’ll learn about that new tack on a sci-fi hero and the change of focus to antiquity smuggling and forgery in “Radch Space", plus we’ll hear about the real world road taken by Ann Leckie to the worlds she creates on this episode of Talking with Authors from HEC Media and HEC Books.

Our host and interviewer this time is Brenda Madden.

HEC Media is a production company out of St. Louis, Missouri.  With the help of independent bookstore Left Bank Books and St. Louis County Library, we are able to sit down with these amazing writers and thought leaders to discuss their work, their inspiration, and what makes them special. You can watch video versions of most of our interviews at

Host of this episode - Brenda Madden
Photography - Cecil Corbett and Chris Cross
Editor & Graphics - Greg Kopp
Supervising Producer - Julie Winkle
Production Support - Jayne Ballew and Christina Chastain
HEC Media Executive Director - Dennis Riggs
Talking with Authors Podcast Executive Producer - Christina Chastain
Podcast Producer - Rod Milam
Podcast Editors - Ben Smith
Podcast Host - Rod Milam

Special thanks to Maryville University, St. Louis Public Radio, 90.7 KWMU, TechArtista

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