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The Authorized Ender Companion Hardcover – November 10, 2009

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A Reading Guide for Ender's Game.

THE ENDER UNIVERSE

Ender's Series: Ender Wiggin: The finest general the world could hope to find or breed.

The following Ender's Series titles are listed in order: Ender's Game, Ender In Exile, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind.

Ender's Shadow Series: Parallel storylines to Ender’s Game from Bean: Ender’s right hand, his strategist, and his friend.

The following Ender's Shadow Series titles are listed in order: Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, Shadows in Flight.

The First Formic War Series: One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. These are the stories of the First Formic War.

Earth Unaware, Earth Afire.

Ender Novellas

A War of Gifts, First Meetings.

The Authorized Ender Companion: A complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things, and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe.

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Obviously a labor of love, realized with input from Orson Scott Card’s online fandom and written under Card’s supervision, Black’s compendium contains a wealth of solid information on the people, places, technology, events, and more of the Enderverse, the setting of Card’s cycle of stories springing from an 11-year-old boy’s defeat of aliens who threaten all humanity. The articles and definitions range from single sentences to brief paragraphs to pages-long entries, and include cross-references. A list of battle-school slang; a physical description of the original attacking aliens, the Formics, that was used to design an Ender comic book; and other neat features appear in sidebars. Appendixes include a complete list of Ender short stories and novels, with synopses; a comparative time line of the developments of Ender and his right-hand man, Bean; the Wiggins family tree; a lengthy résumé of the Ender’s Game screenplay’s development; an illustrated explanation of battle-school technology; and a selection of enthusiastic comments from Ender fans. In short, minutiae-for-days for deep-dyed fans and a swell resource for students and teachers. --Sally Estes
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765320622
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765320629
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I'm a fan of Orson Scott Card's Ender series and was delighted to find this companion! I'm slowly re-reading the series and it's opened up my eyes as well as refreshed my memory on some of the characters and events! The pictures that are included in The Technology of Ender's Game, were very detailed and made the picture that was in my mind clear up. Black went into exclusive detail of every event, character, giving us a useful encyclopedia that needed to be created. This book provided a great insight to the Ender's Game. If you are just beginning to read the series, this is definitely a must have! & If you have already read the series than you should def get your hands on a copy because the detail and insight will def blow your mind! This companion NEEDED to be written and thanks to Jake Black it has! I give this novel 4 out of 5 paws!
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I started reading the Ender books with the very first novelette about Battle School and then eagerly read each new novel as it was published. The final book Ender in Exile was published in 2009 and caps this very long series. The books cover many planets, characters and a long time line, so like the Dune series, a companion volume is helpful to the new reader to fill in the blanks, and to the longtime reader, to provide insight and additional detail that is enjoyable to read on its own.

All the major and minor characters are here (Ender's Jeesh or cadre from Dragon Army), the characters in Xenocide and Children of the Mind and the newer Shadow series that fills in from the end of the third Formic War until Ender finds a new home away from Earth.

If you are a fan of the series, this is a wonderful addition to the library, and if you are new to the Ender books (lucky you! to get to read them for the first time), this will provide a lot of valuable background, including some information on complex subjects like the Descolada Virus, the Pequeninos and even a schematic of the Battle School and the gravity-controlled battle rooms, which is absolutely fascinating. Great read!
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The Enderverse has blossomed far beyond the original Ender's Game. This book helps make sense of it. There is an alphabetical listing of key terms, people, and places.

There's also an essay by Aaron Johnston about the various attempts to make a movie version of Ender's Game. I found this illuminating. Johnston describes some of the changes Hollywood imposed on the script. It will be interesting to see how the final movie turned out next month.

Less useful is the chapter on technology in the Enderverse. It's written as an in-universe document and for my tastes is a bit dense. I appreciate essays examining how technology in sci-fi might operate realistically, but to work well such essays have to explain the real-world science clearly. Also, on the Kindle version, the maps and diagrams are hard to see.

Overall, an invaluable companion for Ender fans.
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Format: Hardcover
For the Ender fans among us, this is a priceless jewel. Jake Black has authored a comprehensive encyclopedic listing almost every character, setting, and tool in the Ender books. Many of the entries are biographic in nature, and include notations on which book they appear in. There are notes on the comic books, and screenplay in development.

This rocks!

I understand the work behind such a project, and to complete it so well in an objective manner is difficult. It is easily readible, and can be used alongside the novels. I can easily imagine a 2nd edition, when Mr Card has reached book #15 and his canon has enlarged quite significantly.

Thank you.

Where are the pictures from the book covers and comic books?
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I found the dictionary contained in the book informative, describing various slang words used in the Ender books. The description of the technology used in the Ender books, especially the description of Battle School was very interesting. The breakdown and description of characters in the books in the Ender universe where's very informative, A must read for people that are really into the Ender universe.
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I love this book, and it's not just because I happen to have written a chapter in it.

Well, maybe that has a little to do with it.

No, let's be honest, it probably has a lot to do with it.

But seriously, not only is the chapter on the "Technology of Ender's Game" fascinating, enlightening, beautifully and concisely written, wonderfully illustrated, etc., etc., etc. but I understand there are other chapters in the book as well.

For instance, there's a great chapter on the history of the movie-to-be, and all the trials and tribulations it's gone through and will probably still be going through as the screenplay is developed.

The first part of the book is the "encyclopedia" part, with details on what is probably all the characters, planets, etc., from most or all of the Ender's and Ender's Shadow books (who knows how many more will be written by the time you find this review?)

Fascinating stuff. Fun book. If you're reading this review, you're already and "Ender's Game" fan, and you know you want this book...

--Steve S.
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