Earth Afire Nominated for Goodreads 2013 Choice Awards

Goodreads is hosting their 5th Annual Choice Awards with dozens of books to vote for in different categories. In the “Best Science Fiction” category Earth Afire is nominated along with 14 other novels.

Goodreads Choice Awards 2013

If you’ve read the novel or just want to support the Enderverse go to Goodreads and vote for Earth Afire.


Aaron Johnston Talks About Earth Afire and Writing the Prequel

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With the release of the second installment to the Ender’s Game prequels Earth Afire, Orbitbooks had the chance to talk to co-author Aaron Johnston about his involvement with Orson Scott Card and the books.

When Orson Scott Card asked me to coauthor the prequel novels to his science-fiction classic Ender’s Game, my first two thoughts were: (1) Wow, what an incredible honor, and (2) You better not screw this up, Johnston, or fans will hunt you down and toilet paper your house.

Johnston goes on to explain his process on writing the prequels to the popularized Ender’s Game series.

In fact, it was so important to me that the books sounded and felt like other OSC novels that before I started writing each day, I would usually pick up an OSC book and read a chapter or two just to get my mind in a place that spoke in the voice and rhythm of Orson Scott Card.

You can read the full article here.

Don’t forget to get a copy of Earth Afire sold everywhere books are sold.

EnderCast Episode #16: Earth Afire


If you haven’t guessed from the title of this weeks episode, the hosts of EnderCast welcomed none other than co-author of the Ender’s Game prequels The First Formic War, Aaron Johnston. With a special long episode as a treat they covered some great grounds with Aaron and even got him to take part in the infamous Pop Quiz, Fart Eater.

Topics they discussed:

  • How collaboration works on books in general and how he and Card write these books together
  • Their decision to exit Mazer so early in book 1
  • Aaron’s personal take on movie Mazer’s tā moko tattoos
  • The various versions of the movie script, the long road to production, and the difficulty of film adaptations
  • Aaron’s thoughts on the production team for the movie
  • His reaction to the trailer (he also drops a little bomb on us about the movie!)
  • On why Speaker for the Dead is likely unfilmable

I just want to input that I got the chance to meet both Aaron Johnston and Orson Scott Card at the LA Times Festival of Books a while back and I have to admit they are both such nice people. It made my year (yeah, believe it!) to have had the chance of conversing with both authors.

Also, it made me very happy to know that Aaron does check up on the fansites when he has time. So if you’re reading this Aaron “Hello” and thanks for the awesome experience!

Don’t forget to leave feedback in the comments for the hosts.

Pick up a copy of Earth Afire on June 4th anywhere books are sold.

Earth Afire Book Trailer

The book trailer for the second book in the prequel series to Ender’s Game, Earth Afire, is out and I’ll tell you it definitely has me wanting to pick up Earth Afire the moment it is sold in bookstores.

Check it out here:

Sadly I haven’t gotten around to Earth Unaware but that is the first on my list of books to read this summer. Anyone set to read the second installment to the Ender’s Game prequel’s?

Earth Afire comes out June 4 wherever books are sold.

Source: Torforge

Earth Afire: Prequel to Ender’s Game

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With Earth Unaware as the first book in the Ender’s Game prequels Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston are now releasing the second installment of the prequel set, Earth Afire. Tor Books has announced that Earth Afire will be available to all in a Tor hardcover on June 4, 2013.

One hundred years before Ender’s Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War.

A huge alien ship arrives in near-Earth orbit, leaving behind it a path of destruction and devastation that stretches across the solar system. Mining stations, trading posts, ships, colonies — all have been destroyed, with tens of thousands of people dead. No warning was ever sent to Earth because the alien ship has disrupted all radio communication.

Victor Delgado tried to warn Earth, traveling in a fast ship from the Kuiper Belt that arrived before the aliens. But skeptical governments refused to believe that there was any threat. They don’t believe that until the aliens land in China and begin burning everything in sight  . . .

The book will definitely enthrall new readers not just to Ender’s World but to the whole Sci-Fi genre. It will excite current Ender’s Game fans also.

The pacing and the vivid action scenes will satisfy hard-core military-sf buffs. At the same time, the characters and the ethical foundations under them are at the high level we have come to associate with Card. Laying their own foundations under Card’s Ender Wiggins saga, the Formic Wars promise to add to Card’s already high reputation and to his collaborator’s as well.”

–Booklist, starred review for EARTH AFIRE

Card and Johnston craft cinematically detailed environments for their space miners, 

thieves, and outcasts, probing the inner mechanics and conflicts of various groups. Social upheavals

and political ineptitude are realized through rich characterization and brisk action,

marrying the genre staple of alien invasion with conflicts of conscience.”

–Publishers Weekly for EARTH AFIRE

You can pre-order a copy now at Amazon.
Who’s going to get their copy on June 4th? Any one haven’t read Earth Unaware? Let us know in the comments?

UK Covers of Earth Unaware and Earth Afire

Orbit Books released today the book covers for the UK versions of Earth Unaware and Earth Afire.


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The books are set to be released some time in June in the UK.

The First Formic War Trilogy: Book Three

Aaron Johnston tweeted the following today:

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No news of when it’s set to be released but the first book of the trilogy, Earth Unaware, is out for purchase now and the second book, Earth Afire, is set to release June 14, 2013.