Earth Awakens by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Earth Awakens(Description nicked from B&

“Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card’s bestselling novel Ender’s Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.

When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and supply stations, and between them and Earth. So Earth and Luna were unaware that they had been invaded until the ship pulled into Earth orbit, and began landing terra-forming crews in China. Politics and pride slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn’t wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost.”

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Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Earth Afire(Description nicked from B&

“Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame.

And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.”

Most fans of science fiction and fantasy have read Ender’s Game, and now a new generation of readers is being drawn to it as a result of the movie.  The original novel is a classic for a good reason, but I have to admit to a fannish glee at seeing these prequels.  Many of you probably read the first book at a young age and therefore identified with Ender, but now Card and Johnston are bringing the battle to Earth, where all ages, classes and nationalities are fighting to save our planet.  It’s such a wonderful picture of how we as humans can pull together at need.

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