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Ender's World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game Paperback – April 2, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1937856212 ISBN-10: 1937856216

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  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1110L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Smart Pop (April 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1937856216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937856212
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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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

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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Customer Reviews

It is a collection of essays written about Ender's Game.
Samuel F. Lytal
Because this does contain in depth look into Ender's Game, you will find spoilers so I recommend reading that book first.
Jinky is Reading
Now, I'll have to purchase another copy to finish reading it.
Eva P. Scott

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Eoghann Irving on May 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Ender's Game was published in 1985 and it is unquestionably a science fiction classic. One of a relatively small list of genre defining works. It was followed fairly quickly by Speaker For The Dead and Xenocide which appeared to be a conclusion to Ender's story.

Orson Scott Card has written a lot of other stories, but about 15 years ago it seems he recognized a commercial reality and began a series of expansions of the Ender universe. It's certainly valid to wonder at whether there is any real literary value to that. This book is a little different however. Instead of additional fiction it presents a series of essays by various individuals about Ender's Game.

The result is an interesting mixture of topics. For me personally some of the most interesting were the writing related ones and the military ones. I was not previously aware that Ender's Game was recommended reading in some military circles.

Also interesting on a more abstract level were the essays by people who saw Ender's Game as presenting a world view they agreed with. Some of these didn't really match each others which does say something about the way that Ender's Game speaks to many people in different ways.

The other element of the book is a series of Question and Answer session with Scott Card himself. These questions range from wondering about the motivations of certain characters to asking about the reasons Card made certain decisions in the writing of the book.

I certainly wouldn't classify this as essential reading. And I'm not sure I could even say that it throws new light on the book, which has always stood perfectly well on it's own and certain didn't require anything more than the trilogy to flesh it out.

However, I did find the result very interesting and it does give you an understanding of why Ender's Game is as significant as it is.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ender on October 10, 2013
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In my personal reading of the book, I found 'Ender's World' enjoyable. The essays themselves are wonderfully written, mainly because they were written by a diverse group of fans. Each essay dives deeper into the creation of `Ender's Game' and offers insight into the world of writing and Ender's universe.

I think `Ender's World' would make a strong addition to any `Ender's Game' collection. Long time fans of the Enderverse will enjoy "fresh perspectives" on `Ender's Game,' as well as Card's answers to some popular questions. 'Ender's World' would also make a great addition for classrooms and book clubs. Each essay would work well to guide a discussion of the original science fiction classic. Although `Ender's Game' is part of my everyday discussion on this website, I was most surprised at some of the theses.

I only have two complaints about the `Ender's World.' Firstly, I wish Card has spent more time answering questions. Sometimes he lets his wit speak, rather than give a full answer, which is a tad disappointing. Secondly, while I like the cover, I would have preferred the original battle school design from Steve Sywak and Darian Robbins. All in all, the many unique views on `Ender's Game' make this piece suitable for all demographics. I would recommend this book to everyone who has read `Ender's Game' and to those people who will be leading discussions on the novel. Card's Q&A with fans make this a must buy, because everyone wants to know how he feels about Apple ripping off his desk design!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Neil Hepworth on March 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
Ender’s World is a wonderful collection of essays (solicited solely for this book - not that it’s a bad thing) and Q&As with Orson Scott Card. Both items hads their low points, but the great essays and questions are well worth it. In case you couldn’t tell from my opening paragraph, I think those best served by the book would be English teachers who teach the book (me) and those who really want to analyze Ender’s Game through as many lenses as possible. Let me hit some highlights:

“How It Should Have Ended” by Eric James Stone: The first essay in the book was just great. Mr. Stone talks about how most authors would have ended with Ender as the victor, reveling in new found fame and glory. But no, Ender’s Game ends in emotional butchery and resurrection (hm, that actually describes it really well. Go me.). Great essay.

“Rethinking the Child Hero” by Aaron Johnston: This essay starts by showing how well the character of Ender meets the definition of the hero as outlined by The Hero with a Thousand Faces. But, even better, Mr. Johnston then shows how Ender as a child hero breaks with the traditional passive child hero and instead brings about the mover and shaker child hero that is the standard today (Harry Potter, Katniss, etc.) Also a great essay.

“Ender Wiggin, USMC” by John F. Schmitt: I’d always known that somewhere in the military Ender’s Game was required reading. And while I kinda understood why, Mr. Schmitt (who apparently is responsible for this required reading) explains exactly why. It’s so cool. Not to take anything away from OSC, but this required reading is even more impressive given OSC’s relative inexperience with the military. OSC is an avid study of history, and, I guess, it shows. Also a great essay. (I need to find a new adjective.
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