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