Tuesday, May 14, 2013

From Ender's World and beyond.

Ender's World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card 5*
BLURB: Experience the thrill of reading Ender's Game all over again.
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

My Review: If you've ever been intrigued about what went into the creation of Ender Wiggin's universe or wondered what other fans of the story think about it, or maybe just want to know more about the universe from the perspective of people in the know, then you need to read this anthology. It is full of insightful and interesting opinions on all aspects of Ender Wiggin's Universe from how it teaches leadership to how it compares to today's attitude towards children and Teens. I enjoyed every single bit and was delighted with the question and answer sections where Orson Scott Card answered many questions from the other writers that I would have loved to have asked him myself. So, even though I don't read non-fiction that often (especially not essay type stuff) this one is a very definite reread book on my shelf from now on.

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