This audiobook is narrated by Stefan Rudnicki, Harlan Ellison and cast. Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers.
Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign , and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.
Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays.
He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University. He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" beginning with Seventh Son. There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books Lost Gate , Gate Thief , contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.
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Nathan: Well, what can I say, I loved it.
Jim: On the set of Big Bang Theory, we often talk about the technology as a part of our back-story and we have frequently discussed the ansible. Ian: Certainly this was the more spiritual of the two books. Jim: The lost in time, relative time gaps, where a traveller in a near light speed vehicle will age less than someone on Earth may be a ubiquitous them in his work.
Samuel: Yes, this was reminiscent of his The Worthing Saga stories, where one character finds himself centuries, even millennia older than his peers. Ellen: I wondered about that too! I mean maybe, almost in reverse, as if they are the alien juveniles to our older, but still immature and incomplete adults. Nathan: Yes, I think that was definitely a goal of his — to make the piggies into a kind of retro mirror to ourselves, although they are certainly alien. Samuel: The inclusion of the Hive Queen and the Hegemon is also an important inclusion, very much like something Frank Herbert would write, to offer a path towards redemption.
View all 34 comments. Apr 29, Doc Opp rated it it was amazing Shelves: sci-fi. When I first read this book I was in middle school and I hated it. It was such a disappointment as a follow up to the brilliance of Ender's Game.
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I re-read it when in grad school, and it was an entirely different experience. But its got a very slow start, and there isn't much in the way of action - its all about two cultures trying to understand each other. Its When I first read this book I was in middle school and I hated it. Its not a traditional sci-fi read, but for the right reader, it can be a really deep and meaningful experience. View all 4 comments.
Jun 29, Will M. Card claims that this is his masterpiece. He said that he only wrote Ender's Game so that he could write this.
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It's such a shame though that Ender's Game became such a hit, and Speaker for the Dead became its shadow. Before I start with the serious part of the review, let me start with something that I can't seem to erase from my mind while reading this. The new alien species are called piggies. The thing running inside my head was Card claims that this is his masterpiece.
The thing running inside my head was and it stayed like that till the end. I'm not proud of it, but for me, Card wrote of a new alien species, in which they are pigs. Not so new to me. Another thing running in my mind would be the word ramen. It kept appearing from time to time. Card, a ramen for me would be I believe that this is my first time using pictures for my review. Might be my last time, but who knows what the future might hold. That didn't bother me, to be honest, because the issues tackled in the novel were quite interesting. There was not a dull moment in the novel, so that's a good start.
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The reason why I didn't like this though would be because of the bad ending. After such an amazing world building and character development, the ending was just terrible for me. It felt rushed and incomplete. He could've made the novel a bit longer, considering how average the size is. It's either the novel was inadequate in size, or I was just wanting more.
Only two characters from Ender's Game were still present in this novel, Ender and Valentine. I really liked both characters, so I was thrilled to read more of the two. I'm not complaining much because Ender's one of my favorites, but the other characters were just not interesting to me. The main problem would be their names. I hated their names. They were made up and weird as shit. I hate those things, it hinders my ability to like a character. If I hate the name right from the start, odds are I'll hate the character itself.
Come to think of it though, even if the characters had better names, I don't think I'd like them as much as some characters from Ender's though. Most of the characters here were rather flat and boring. They contributed a lot in the plot, but I couldn't see myself remembering them in the future. Plot wise, this novel was above satisfactory. It didn't falter off at one point, so consistency was present. Chapter after chapter I was impatient to know what would happen next, and what would be the explosive ending I was expecting. I was really disappointed though.
Even the secret of Pipo was terribly bullshit. After reading the whole novel to find out about it, it felt like Card gave me a piece of canned meat, after expecting a nicely grilled steak. Main problem would be the dull characters and terrible ending. Overall though, this novel was really great. The "journey" was good, but not enough to garner a 5 star rating. I really liked Ender's Game more, but I'm not saying don't read this, on the contrary, I'm also recommending this. Not sure if I'll read Xenocide right away, because the ending of this one doesn't make me want to know what's going to happen next, but I will read it probably next year View all 17 comments.
Mar 25, Bradley rated it it was amazing Shelves: top-one-hundred , sci-fi , shelf. So great to revisit one of my absolute favorite novels of all time! Back when I first read this, Andrew Wiggin immediately jumped into my heart to become my ultimate role-model, my hero, and the idealized version of myself. Ender's Game had him go through some horrific things and really set the stage for the man he was later to become, but it is the full-grown man that really pulls on my heartstrings.
He wasn't truly at fault for wiping out the Formics.
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That can be laid at other's So great to revisit one of my absolute favorite novels of all time! That can be laid at other's feet. But he absolutely pulled the trigger. And the end of Ender's Game showed us the beginning of his redemption. Where redemption takes the form of Understanding.
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And then telling All the Truth, the good and the bad. Exposing it to the world for good or ill. I LOVE how this turned into a very powerful force for good. Better yet, I love how turning it upon this special world of Lusitania transforms everyone's lives this dramatically. Or how it affects four intelligent species. Or how it paves the way for real redemption. I'm not all that fond of Christian motif stories because they're generally all ham-fisted and overdone. Like, A LOT.