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Ender's World

Today is the release date for Ender’s World, an anthology of essays written by various authors about Ender’s Game. I’m still picking my way through the book and will hopefully have a review ready this week. Keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a free copy from EnderWiggin.net and Smart Pop Books!

Here’s a synopsis:

Go deeper into the complexities of Orson Scott Card’s classic novel with science fiction and fantasy writers, YA authors, military strategists, including:

Ender prequel series coauthor Aaron Johnston on Ender and the evolution of the child hero
Burn Notice creator Matt Nix on Ender’s Game as a guide to life
Hugo award–winning writer Mary Robinette Kowal on how Ender’s Game gets away with breaking all the (literary) rules
Retired US Air Force Colonel Tom Ruby on what the military could learn from Ender about leadership
Bestselling YA author Neal Shusterman on the ambivalence toward survival that lies at the heart of Ender’s story

Plus pieces by:

Hilari Bell
John Brown
Mette Ivie Harrison
Janis Ian
Alethea Kontis
David Lubar and Alison S. Myers
John F. Schmitt
Ken Scholes
Eric James Stone

Also includes never-before-seen content from Orson Scott Card on the writing and evolution of the events in Ender’s Game, from the design of Battle School to the mindset of the pilots who sacrificed themselves in humanity’s fight against the formics.

Free excerpts from the book can be found here.

If you’re interested in winning a free copy, simply comment on this post and tell me what part of the book you’re most looking forward to reading. Is it a particular author’s take? Is it the new content by Orson Scott Card? Or do you simply eat up anything Ender’s Game?

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  • I’m looking forward to all of it, but especially anything new OSC has to say.

  • I think I’m most excited about the new content from Card. I’m a major “behind the scenes” geek, so hearing about how the world was created is going to rock my socks.

  • I’m excited to get new, fresh Ender material! I’m so excited about the audience the movie will bring to one of my favorite stories!

  • I have read all the books in the Ender universe From Orson Scott Card, and would love to read this book.

  • I love the Enderverse novels and am interested in Card’s new “content” about the creation of Battle School.

  • I really would like to read on the insight of other authors on the series.

  • I have read the never-before-seen content from Orson Scott Card on the writing and evolution of the events in Ender’s Game. I really love all ender’s novels.

  • anything Bean-related!

  • Samantha Lagestee

    The reason I want to read ALL of Ender’s World? The story is my life; it is my passion. Ever since I read Ender’s Game as required reading freshman year, I’ve been obsessed and have read all of the books multiple times. The following is my “Ode to Ender.”

    Here sits a boy, curious and young

    With intelligent eyes

    And forgiveness in their depths.

    Here sits a genius, humble and accomplished

    With a mind thus calculating

    And a clever tongue.

    Here sits a soldier, quick and alert

    With a killer instinct

    And a flawless record.

    Here sits a leader, patient and wise

    With silent charisma

    And a heart for the weak.

    Here sits a human, anxious and feeling

    With nostalgia for his sister

    And fear of his brother, himself.

    Here sits a speaker, honest and brave

    With words for the truth

    And remedy for pain it brings.

    Here sits a man, experienced and
    hardened

    With love for his enemies

    And xenocide on his conscience.

    Here sits the savior of the human
    race

    To ashes he returns-

    His aiùa in a better
    place.

  • Would really like to read the bit about how Ender’s Game “breaks the rules” – also Card’s insights into the creation of Battle School 🙂

  • I’m new to this whole universe, and Ender fascinates me on so many
    levels. I read Ender’s Game for the first time only a few weeks ago,
    and I’m already on my 3rd or 4th time through (reading it parallel with
    Ender’s Shadow=fun!). To read in this new book what others have gleaned
    from this world will be a delightful journey. Nice to meet you all!
    🙂

    • Skyler

      Agreed Wendy! I just read EG and ES together after getting both complete sagas for Xmas. My Ender Confession – reading EG parallel with ES is…well let’s just say I cried in the final scenes of ES (even during) and EG, frantically flipping back and forth from Ender to Bean, and vice versa. Both Ender and Bean’s isolation resonate deeply with me…and their insatiated desires to be accepted and understood by their ‘own’. What reactions did you have reading both together?! I don’t know of any others who’ve attempted this emotional feat…

      • So sorry, Skylar…just saw your comment. Emotions? Probably just a deeper welling of love for these two characters…my hat’s off to OSC for a brilliant interweaving of these storylines. I also REALLY love Graff by the end of both books…and after having just seen Harrison Ford in “42”, I can’t wait to see him in Ender’s Game! 🙂

  • My son’s nickname is Ender. These books have been a huge part of my life for almost 2 decades.

  • I’d love to learn more about Jane and how exactly she came to be. Not sure if the book explains that or not.

  • Abigail M.

    Pretty much excited for all of it, but definitely the new stuff from Orson Scott Card. Heck, anything Enderverse is fantastic.

  • The Ender’s series, along with Bean’s saga, have been some of the most enjoyable hours that I have spent reading. I’ve introduced them to my wife and she has become as hooked as I am.

  • Roshane

    Been waiting for this. 🙂

  • Susan Blackmoor

    I am interested in what Janis Ian has to say.

  • I want to read speaker for the
    dead, the library here does not have it and I cannot find in any used book stores

  • Skyler

    It’s been a long time coming! Very little scholastic and essayist literature exists for the Enderverse, which is teeming with sociocultural, ethical, and philosophical complexities…and begs for it. For instance, I hope at least one of these authors touches on the Hierarchy of Foreigness…and that’s for starters!

  • I love everything Smart Pop, so I’m sure I’ll devour the entire book!

  • Looking forward to more thoughts and renderings from Card. My formative years were riddled with these great books and it seemed the evolution of the characters in some way helped shape me!

  • TerresaWiggin

    looking forward to the essays since I have heard that some of the thesis are quite interesting

  • Excited to see Harrison Ford, an maybe if we’re super lucky, it would be awesome to have Orson Scott Card playing a two-second role!!

  • “from the design of Battle School “…..
    I looked for that in the book, but did not find anything like that there. Maybe I skimmed over it? Anyone come across such a section?

  • i’m looking forward to all of it. its my favorite book series. and new content is always fantastic. lookin forward to the movie.

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