First Meetings in Ender's Universe

First Meetings in Ender's Universe

Book - 2004
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Welcome to the Enderverse.

When " Ender's Game " was first published as a novella twenty-five years ago few would have predicted that it would become one of the most successful ventures in publishing history. Expanded into a novel in 1985, Ender's Game won both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award for Best Novel. Never out of print and translated into dozens of languages, it is the rare work of fiction that can truly be said to have transcended a genre. Ender's Game and its sequels have won dozens of prestigious awards and are as popular today among teens and young readers as adults.

First Meetings is a collection of three novellas-plus the original " Ender's Game "-that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

" The Polish Boy " begins in the wake between the first two Bugger Wars when the Hegemony is desperate to recruit brilliant military commanders to repel the alien invasion. In John Paul Wiggin-the future father of Ender -they believe they may have found their man. Or boy.

In " Teacher's Pest "-a novella written especially for this collection-a brilliant but insufferably arrogant John Paul Wiggin, now an American university student, matches wits with an equally brilliant graduate student named Theresa Brown.

It is many years since the end of the Bugger Wars in " The Investment Counselor ." Ender's reputation as a hero and savior has suffered a horrible reversal. Banished from Earth and slandered as a mass murderer, twenty-year-old Andrew Wiggin wanders incognito from planet to planet as a fugitive. Until a blackmailing tax inspector compromises his identity and threatens to expose Ender the Xenocide.

Also reprinted here is the original landmark novella, " Ender's Game, " which first appeared in 1977.

Fully illustrated, First Meetings is Orson Scott Card writing at the height of his considerable power about his most compelling character.

THE ENDER UNIVERSE

Ender series
Ender's Game / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind / Ender in Exile / Children of the Fleet

Ender's Shadow series
Ender's Shadow / Shadow of the Hegemon / Shadow Puppets / Shadow of the Giant / Shadows in Flight

The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
Earth Unaware / Earth Afire / Earth Awakens

The Second Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
The Swarm / The Hive

Ender novellas
A War of Gifts / First Meetings

Publisher: New York : Tom Doherty Associates, [2004].
ISBN: 9780765347985
0765347989
Characteristics: 212 p. :,ill. ;,18 cm.

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danielestes
Jul 31, 2014

First Meetings by Orson Scott Card is a collection of short stories correlating to the Ender series. I believe all the stories are new except for "Ender's Game" which is a reprint of the original 1977 publication. If "Ender's Game" is indeed an exact reproduction, then I'm impressed with how well the shorter story stands on its own and also at how seamlessly Card expanded it into the now-classic novel.

Ender meeting Jane for the first time in "Investment Counselor" reminded me of Spike Jonze's "Her" (2013) although the former came first. There are lots of similarities between the two despite Card's vision of the relationship being decidedly un-sexual in nature.

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Dixiedog2
Jun 11, 2014

Orson Scott Card’s ‘First Meeting in the Enderverse,’ is an Ender Book which contains four Novellas - The Polish Boy (2002), The Teacher’s Pet (2003), Ender’s Game (1985) and Investment Counselor (1999). The Novella ‘Ender Game’ was the original short story that started this wonderful series of books. These four stories helped to clarify some of the background behind the Ender’s Series of books.’ Doctor-at-Bass! Taylor A.

HanakoGal Jun 25, 2012

A book of short stories. The second story "Teacher's Pest" is my favorite in this book. I liked seeing how Ender's parents first met.

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zenzan
Nov 29, 2011

has 4 mini novellas in here, two about John Paul Wiggin, and Theresa Brown (Ender's parents), the original Ender's game, and the final one, "The Investment Counselor". (Takes place in between Ender in Exhile, and Speaker for the Dead.)

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