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Ender's World
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Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" is a classic of science fiction. Though it began its life as a short story, it was later expanded into Hugo and Nebula award winning novel, served as a springboard for a much larger universe of stories, and finally, in March 2013, will become a feature film.
"Ender's World" conscripts almost two dozen writers of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult books to offer new perspectives on the 1985 novel, along with insights gleaned from other Ender stories that fit within the "Ender's Game" chronology, including "Ender in Exile" and "Ender's Shadow." In addition, military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt offer insight into the human-Formic war. Contributions from Aaron Johnson, the coauthor of the Formic Wars prequel novels, and Jake Black, the coauthor of "The Authorized Ender Companion," are also included.
The collection's insightful analyses and moving personal essays are rounded out with short pieces answering more technically oriented questions about the Ender universe, including: Why is the Battle Room a cube? and Why did the military recruit their soldiers as children?
Edited by Orson Scott Card himself, who also provides an introduction to the anthology as well as to the individual essays, "Ender's World" is aimed both at readers who have kept up with the many books that came after and at those who have not, but who loved and want to revisit the original novel.
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About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker (beginning with Seventh Son), poetry (An Open Book), and many plays and scripts. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. He recently began a long-term position as a professor of writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. Card currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and their youngest child, Zina Margaret.

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"Intelligent and perceptive ... Card's many fans will find much to enjoy here." --Publishers Weekly "A chorus of writers and military experts weigh in on why Ender's Game is a work of genius ... Strategist John F. Schmitt provides an account of the novel's significant role as a model for the Marine Corps' 'Maneuver Warfare' battle approach, and there's a perceptive discussion between writer David Lubar and his daughter, a high school teacher, about how Ender's situation and responses speak to teens ... Other contributors recall with awe their first encounters with the story, offer detailed analyses of Ender's psyche and Card's writerly technical chops, demonstrate that Ender is a classic mythic hero, or mull over the nature and costs of victory ... This tribute may have some appeal to readers with an analytical bent." --Kirkus Reviews Ender's World is a fun and thought-provocative read, evaluating not just the novel Ender's Game, but also its lasting effect on the science fiction genre. It provides a wide range of viewpoints and the contributors were well-selected, providing something, essentially, for everyone. If you're interested in brushing up on the story again before the movie releases later this fall, check out Ender's World for some new perspectives on this science fiction classic. --GeekDad

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