Reviewed by Matthew Appleton
This review originally appeared in the December 2003 issue (#184) of The New York Review of Science Fiction.
The Ender universe, hereon referred to as the Enderverse, seems irresistible to both creator Orson Scott Card and its many fans. At this point, Card has written seven novels in the universe, each a bestseller. Along the way, Hollywood has flirted with the idea of turning Ender’s Game, the first of the Ender novels and an expansion of the “Ender’s Game” novella, into a movie; a recent announcement on Hatrack River (Card’s official Web Site) stated that “Warner Brothers also recently announced that it has made a deal for director Wolfgang Petersen.” In addition, last year Card released through Subterranean Press First Meetings: Three Stories from the Enderverse, a self-explanatory collection of novellas. Most recently, he has added another novella to the saga and has reissued the collection through Tor Books as First Meetings in the Enderverse.