January 23rd, 2006

Ender quote 1: "Starship"

Pimping Books and Explaining a Name

Do all the people on my flist who enjoy science fiction know the Ender series by Orson Scott Card (Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenophon, Children of the Mind)?  These are four (I think) brilliant books which belong in that very small category of science fiction novels where philosophical speculation and discussions of morality (and penance, and atonement) are at least as important as the spaceships.  They're on my bookshelves alongside Asimov's Foundation trilogy, Bradbury's Martian Chronicles, Clarke's Childhood's End, Herbert's Dune novels, Simak's Way Station, and Stapledon's Odd John and Sirius.  (Lem probably belongs here, too, but I haven't gotten around to reading him yet.)

Behind the cut there's a little bit about each of the Ender books taken from its back cover.  Don't let the fact that Ender's Game has a six-year-old as its protagonist put you off.  This is very much a book for adults, as are its sequels.  [Note:  I've not read any of the "offshoots" as I'll call them, which deal with other characters from the Battle School.  The series of four books I'm recommending is complete in and of itself.]

[Special note for vlad_impaler and dominiquelechic:  Kat (Ekaterina Cisne do Norte) has a name patterned after the Brazilian/Russian scientists who first appear in Speaker for the Dead.  I loved the musicality of their names, and wanted something exotic for this character of mine who is, as you know, on the WA sidelines observing the drama.]


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