Ender’s Game Goodies Giveaway From Smart Pop Books

enders-world-giveaway-graphicIn honor of NovEnder 1st, the premiere of Ender’s Game in theaters, Smart Pop Books is giving away some Ender’s Game goodies.

To enter just go to Smart Pop Books and leave a comment about one of your favorite Ender’s Game moments. The giveaway ends November 7th at midnight and is only open to U.S and Canada residents.

Source: Smart Pop Books


Salt Lake Comic-Con Held an Ender’s Game Panel on their First Opening Night

Aaron JohnstonSalt Lake city held their first Comic-Con this week and excitingly they opened the night with an Ender’s Game panel called “Ender’s Game: 30 Years of Books and Comic to the Big Screen.” With a panel that included co-author to the Ender’s Game prequels Aaron Johnston and Ender’s World contributors Eric James Stone and Mette Ivie Harrison.

With 55 days left until the movie premiere of Ender’s Game, Aaron Johnston talked about how the adaption of the novel-to-film was a difficult process that ultimately ended with a whole new script written by director Gavin Hood.

“First and foremost, ‘Ender’s Game’ is a difficult book to adapt because much of the conflict takes place in Ender’s head and film is a visual medium,” said Johnston, an associate producer for the forthcoming “Ender’s Game” film and Card’s co-author on several “Ender’s Game” prequels.

Johnston’s insight dovetailed well with something Card told the Deseret News in an interview last week. “During the prep for the movie, I wrote 20 versions of the script myself trying to figure out how to solve the problems,” said Card, who ultimately had no hands-on involvement with the film’s final script. “It’s a devilishly hard book to adapt to film, because it’s all inside Ender’s head.”

enders worldBoth Eric Stone and Mette Harrison are authors to essays that you can find in the collection of Ender’s World. Stone talks about his piece “How It Should’ve Ended”, the first chapter of the book:

“What happens after the final victory is what gives (Ender) the chance to redeem himself,” Stone said. “So I end up concluding that actually Orson Scott Card knew what he was doing when he ended it the way he did.”

In addition, Mette Harrison talks about her piece “A Teenless World” in which she “explores the significance of Card’s decision to write “Ender’s Game” in such a way that even young children are regularly afforded adult treatment.”

“To me the teenage years are those years when you’re the size of an adult and you’re perfectly capable of behaving like an adult but everybody tells you you’re not allowed to,” Harrison said. “I think one of the great things about ‘Ender’s Game’ is that there are no teenagers — there’s nobody that’s stuck in this place where you’re told what you can’t do.

“Ender is a child for a while, but as soon as he is capable of becoming an adult he is really treated like an adult.”

You can watch a video of the first Comic-Con event below.

You can read the article in full at Deseret News.

EnderCast Episode #9

EG-Logo3A new episode for EnderCast is now up. This episode includes two contributors of Ender’s World, David Lubar and Alison Myers, a father-daughter duo that wrote the essay Parallax Regained. Here is an excerpt from this episodes promo:

  • Contests on EnderWiggin.net and Ender News for you to win Ender’s Game mini posters
  • Butterfields’ game Racing Blind is out for the iPad
  • Romeo and Juliet trailer with Hailee Steinfeld
  • CinemaCon is coming up next week and Asa, Hailee, and Harrison will be receiving awards

Topics with David and Alison:

  • Alison mentions in gender in Parallax Regained and how Scott has two well-crafted and dynamic female characters. As a female reader, it was a little disappointing that he had Petra fail on Eros. Why do you think he chose Petra for this incident?
  • How can Peter/Valentine/Ender’s motivations be shown on screen, especially when we never get to see from Peter’s perspective?
  • Thoughts on Anderson being changed to a woman and the effect of Asa being older on the transition of the story from book to film.
  • Considering how the landscape of gaming has changed so much in the last 10 years, in a hypothetical situation that the IF needed to recruit for Battle School, could they do so in the pool of gamers out there today?

Be sure to check out David’s books such as Beware the Ninja Weenies and his Nathan Abercrombie, Accidental Zombie series. You can also check out his website onwww.davidlubar.com.


Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game is out Today

enders-worldWhy not revisit and go deeper into the world of Ender’s Game with this new collection of essays that looks at fresh perspectives of Ender’s Game. You can find chapters by other Sci-Fi writers, even military strategists. As well as Aaron Johnston, co-author of the Ender’s Game prequels.

Smart Pop Books has a great treat on their site. If you want to get a taste of what to read in Ender’s World check out excerpts from the chapters.

You can purchase the book anywhere books are sold, but here are some links to order your copy online: Amazon, B&N.

Comic-Con 2012!

Scheduling of the 2012 Comic-Con has been everywhere. Panels here, signings there, booths to visit, freebies to catch. For those wondering what else to look for in San Diego’s convention here is a list of some Ender’s Game/Orson Scott Card related events that you can look out for.

First off, Orson Scott Card will be attending the panel, “A Wrinkle in Time”, for the 2012 Comic-Con on Saturday July 14th at 3:00-4:00pm in room 23ABC.

The panel features many science fiction and fantasy authors who will be discussing their take upon the futuristic dimension. Here is the description of the panel from Comic-Con:

3:00-4:00 A Wrinkle in Time— “To boldly go where no man has gone before” is the phrase that has greeted many of us who have looked to the heavens in awe. From the far-flung reaches of the Milky Way to the mind-bending possibilities of time travel, let the authors of speculative fiction tell you what they see when they venture to other dimensions. Board a starship to the future with David Brin (Existence), Deborah Harkness (Shadow of Night),Michael Cassutt (co-author of Heaven’s Shadow trilogy), Charles Yu (Sorry Please Thank You), Phil Hornshaw (co-author of So You Created a Wormhole), Peter F. Hamilton (The Nano Flower), Orson Scott Card (Earth Unaware, Ender’s Game), and Hope Larson (A Wrinkle in Time graphic novel), captained by Maryelizabeth Hart of Mysterious Galaxy.Room 23ABC

Secondly, Aaron Johnston posted on his website a list of panels that he and Orson Scott Card will be attending. Primarily, for their book Earth Unaware but he was also generous enough to include the scheduled panels where Orson Scott Card and his daughter Emily Card are going to be at as well. Here is the schedule:

Friday, July 13

Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston – EARTH UNAWARE
Tor In-booth signing – #2707

Saturday, July 14
Emily and Orson Scott Card – LADDERTOP VOL 1
Tor In-booth signing – #2707

A Wrinkle In Time Panel – Rm 23ABC

4:30-5:30pm – Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
Post Panel Book signing

Sunday, July 15
Emily Card – LADDERTOP VOL 1
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Heroes for the Middle-Grade Reader Panel – Rm 5AB

Adding on to the Post Panel Book Signing they will be giving out a limited number of the Earth Unaware so be one of the first in line for that if you have a hankering for the book that will be released on July 17th.

Lastly, don’t forget that Smart Pop Books will be giving out a chance to win one of the twenty-five copies of Ender’s World which is set to be published in February 2013. Check out the previous post about this giveaway here.

What a busy schedule! Hopefully, if you are attending this years Comic-Con fest, you can stop by one of the events and share your experience with us. I’m sure every visit is different but equally amazing.

25 Copies of ‘Ender’s World’ to be given away at San Diego Comic-Con

Smart Pop Books will be at the San Diego International Comic Convention July 12-15 and they’ll be giving attendees a chance to win one of 25 copies of Ender’s World (edited by Orson Scott Card himself), a book that will not be coming out until February 2013.

If you are going to be at the San Diego Comic-Con, then be sure to check out their booth and get your badge scanned to enter the drawing.

Come by and ask us to scan your badge to be entered to win an advance copy of Ender’s World. We’ll pick the winners after the end of the convention and notify you via email. Then we’ll ship you your copy, hot off the presses, as soon as they’re printed!

Here’s the synopsis:

Ender’s World conscripts almost two dozen writers of science fiction, fantasy, and young adult books to 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. A contribution from Aaron Johnson, the coauthor of the Formic Wars prequel novels, is also included.

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 is the Battle Room a cube? and Why did the military recruit their soldiers as children?

Read more about what will be at the Smart Pop Books booth!