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Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston return to their Ender's Game prequel series with this first volume of an all-new trilogy about the Second Formic War in The Swarm. The first invasion of Earth was beaten back by a coalition of corporate and international military forces, and the Chinese army. China has been devastated by the Formic's initial efforts to eradicate Earth life forms and prepare the ground for their own settlement. The Scouring of China struck fear into the other nations of the planet; that fear blossomed into drastic action when scientists determined that the single ship that wreaked such damage was merely a scout ship. There is a mothership out beyond the Solar System's Kuiper Belt, and it's heading into the system, unstoppable by any weapons that Earth can muster. Earth has been reorganized for defense. There is now a Hegemon, a planetary official responsible for keeping all the formerly warring nations in line. There's a Polemarch, responsible for organizing all the military forces of the planet into the new International Fleet. But there is an enemy within, an enemy as old as human warfare: ambition and politics. Greed and self-interest. Will Bingwen, Mazer Rackam, Victor Delgado and Lem Juke be able to divert those very human enemies in time to create a weapon that can effectively defend humanity in the inexorable Second Formic War?Show more
Avram Davidson was one of the great original American writers of this century. He was erudite, cranky, Jewish, wildly creative, and sold most of his wonderful stories to pulp magazines. Now, his estate and his friends have brought together a definitive collection of his finest work, each story introduced by an SF luminary: writers like Ursula K. Le Guin, William Gibson, Poul Anderson, Gene Wolfe, Guy Davenport, Peter S. Beagle, Gregory Benford, Thomas M. Disch, and dozens of others. This is a volume every lover of fantasy will need to own.Show more
When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can't yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden. If Rigg, Umbo, and Param can't work together to alter the past, there will be no future.Show more
In this new collection, Ben Bova has compiled fourteen of his favorite short stories. Each story includes an all-new introduction with compelling insight into the narrative. Exploring the boundaries of the genre, Bova not only writes of spaceships, aliens, and time travel in most of his titles, but also speculates on the beginnings of science fiction in "Scheherazade and the Storytellers," as well as the morality of man in "The Angel's Gift." Stories such as "The Café Coup" and "We'll Always Have Paris" dip into speculative historical fiction, asking questions about what would happen if someone could change history for the better. This expansive collection is a key addition for Bova fans and sci-fi lovers alike! Stories included in this collection: "Monster Slayer," "Muzhestvo," "We'll Always Have Paris," "The Great Moon Hoax, or A Princess of Mars," "Inspiration," "Scheherazade and the Storytellers," "The Supersonic Zeppelin," "Mars Farts," "The Man Who Hated Gravity," "Sepulcher," "The Café Coup," "The Angel's Gift," "Waterbot," and "Sam and the Flying Dutchman."Show more
The much-anticipated third installment in Card’s New York Times bestselling Mithermages series Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly two thousand years, or at least the first to survive and claim his power, for families of Westil in exile on Earth have a treaty that requires the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the families had been terrible, until at last they realized it was their own survival in question. But a Gate Mage, one who could build a Great Gate back to Westil, would give his own family a terrible advantage over all the others and reignite the wars. So it was decided that they all had to die. And if the families didn’t kill them, the Gate Thief would—that mysterious mage who destroyed every Great Gate, along with the Gate Mage who created it, before it could be opened between Earth and Westil. But Danny survived. And Danny battled the Gate Thief—and won. What he didn’t know at the time was that the Gate Thief had a very good reason for closing the Great Gates—and Danny has now fallen into the power of that great enemy of both Earth and Westil.Show more
Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is a classic of science fiction. Though it began its life as a short story, it was later expanded into a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel, served as a springboard for a much larger universe of stories, and finally, has been made into a feature film. In Ender's World over a dozen writers of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult books 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. Also included is a contribution from Aaron Johnston, the coauthor of the Formic Wars prequel novels. 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 the Battle Room is a cube and why the military recruited 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 simply want to revisit the original novel. "Ender's Game is an affecting novel full of surprises that seem inevitable once they are explained."-New York Times Book ReviewShow more
From Orson Scott Card, award-winning and bestselling author of Ender's Game, his first solo Enderverse novel in years. Children of the Fleet is a new angle on Card's bestselling series, telling the story of the Fleet in space, parallel to the story on Earth told in the Ender's Shadow series. Ender Wiggin won the Third Formic war, ending the alien threat to Earth. Afterwards, all the terraformed Formic worlds were open to settlement by humans, and the International Fleet became the arm of the Ministry of Colonization, run by Hirum Graff. MinCol now runs Fleet School on the old Battle School station, and still recruits very smart kids to train as leaders of colony ships, and colonies. Dabeet Ochoa is a very smart kid. Top of his class in every school. But he doesn't think he has a chance at Fleet School, because he has no connections to the Fleet. That he knows of. At least until the day that Colonel Graff arrives at his school for an interview. Other Series by Orson Scott Card Ender #1 Ender's Game / #2 Ender in Exile / #3 Speaker for the Dead / #4 Xenocide / #5 Children of the Mind Ender's Shadow #1 Ender's Shadow / #2 Shadow of the Hegemon / #3 Shadow Puppets / #4 Shadow of the Giant / #5 Shadows in Flight The First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston) #1 Earth Unaware / #2 Earth Afire / #3 Earth AwakensShow more
Blackstone Audio presents An American Family Shakespeare Entertainment, a sparkling adaptation based on Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb, augmented by miscellaneous scenes and soliloquies from Shakespeare's plays. Read by a full cast and featuring Elizabethan songs and dances in new arrangements for stringed instruments, this production is entertaining and accessible for young and old alike! The Two Gentlemen of Verona read by Stephen HoyeThe Comedy of Errors read by Arte JohnsonThe Taming of the Shrew read by Robert ForsterScene: Petruchio & Kate read by Gabrielle de Cuir & Stefan RudnickiA Midsummer Night's Dream read by John RubinsteinRomeo and Juliet read by Orson Scott CardThe Merchant of Venice read by David BirneySoliloquy: "Hath not a Jew..." read by David BirneyMuch Ado about Nothing read by Scott BrickMusic: "It Was a Lover and his Lass..." by Stefan RudnickiAs You Like It read by Stephanie ZimbalistHamlet read by Joe BarrettSoliloquy: "O What a Rogue... " read by Joe BarrettTwelfth Night read by Cassandra CampbellAll's Well That Ends Well read by Emily Janice CardMeasure for Measure read by Lorna RaverShow more
Alvin is a Maker, the first to be born in a century. Now a grown man, Alvin has returned to the town of Vigor Church to teach the knack of being a Maker to anyone willing to learn. He has a vision to fulfill: a Crystal City of Makers. But his ancient foe, the Unmaker, has found new hands to do his work of destruction. "Card brings to building this world and his large cast of well-wrought characters formidable scholarship in history, religion, and folklore...We are talking about the most important work of American fantasy since Stephen Donaldson's original Thomas Covenant trilogy."-Chicago Sun-TimesShow more
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