Cover by Nick Greenwood
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. A contribution from Aaron Johnson, the coauthor of the Formic Wars prequel novels, is also included.The cover of the book was created by illustrator and graphic design artist Nick Greenwood, under the supervision of Orson Scott Card -- we therefore seem to be getting a fairly accurate idea of what the Battle School looks like in Card's head. Is it how you've always pictured it?
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 re-visit the original novel.
Ender's World is set to be released in February of 2013, nine months before the movie hits theaters in November. If Card is editing the book and providing extra information about the state of Earth and Battle School during Ender's formative years, it seems natural to suppose this is some of the same information Card has given director Gavin Hood and the production team behind Ender's Game. Looks like we have something to look forward to early next year after all!
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