Book Review | Earth Awakens (The First Formic War #3) by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

While the continued existence of the human race in Ender’s Game provides a serious spoiler as to how the prequel First Formic War trilogy must end, I still enjoy the closing action in Earth Awakens as the story moves to its inevitable conclusion.  Even if the following review makes it sound like I’m weary of […]

Book Review | Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (The First Formic War #2)

One of the most interesting things about the First Formic War trilogy is that if you’ve read Ender’s Game, then you already have some idea of what’s going to happen.  Most of the references to this war in that book hint at a desperate struggle with horrifying losses.  Earth Unaware begins that story out in […]

Book Review | Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (The First Formic War)

Throughout the Ender series, various characters make references to the two previous alien invasions many decades earlier.  While some of the events of the second war become a key plot point in Ender’s Game, the first war is only touched on very lightly.  I always wanted to know more about the back story, especially the […]

25 Best Sci-Fi Books of All Time…Maybe

What are the 25 best sci-fi books of all time? In a genre that has constantly evolved since before the days of Mary Shelley, Jules Verne and H.G. Wells (okay, okay… I recognize that the days of Shelley and Verne and Wells are not the same days. Not by a long shot. Let’s just call that the […]

A Taste of Fear: Ansible 15715 by Stant Litore

Wowsers. Ansible 15715 (The Ansible Stories) is going to be hard to review without spoilers, but it so worth the read. Okay, let’s see if we can give it a go… If you’ve read Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series, Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep, or Dan Simmons Hyperion Cantos, you’ve run into […]

The Wonder of Short Stories: Writers of the Future Volume 30

  The thing about I like about short stories is that you don’t have to commit much to get a certain amount of satisfaction. Any novel worth reading will spend a certain portion of time introducing conflict, stringing together a plot, creating characters and relationships, and, if were in science fiction or fantasy, building a […]

Challenge | The NPR Top 100 Science Fiction & Fantasy List

What are the best science fiction and fantasy novels of all time? NPR asked it’s listeners and readers to weigh in on this quintessential question during the summer of 2011, taking suggestions and then posting the nominees for the public’s vote. The result was a list of the Top 100 novels in the science fiction […]

An Afterword to My Journey Through Ender’s Game

Sixteen book reviews and one movie review later, Attack of the Books contributor Stephen Olson says goodbye to the Enderverse… for now. Here are his closing thoughts–his Afterword, if you will–on the series, on reading order of the novels, opinions, what is still to come. Afterword Having submersed myself in the world of Ender’s Game […]

Ender’s Game: a Movie Review

And now for something a little different… Sixteen reviews on books and short stories in the Ender’s Game universe later,  Attack of the Books contributor Stephen Olson finally saw the movie, starring Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, and Asa Butterfield. While we don’t typically do movie reviews around here, we thought it appropriate to take a look at […]

Review | Short Stories in the Enderverse from the Intergalactic Medicine Show

Editor’s Note: This is the sixteenth in Stephen Olson’s series of posts on Orson Scott Card’s award winning Ender’s Game novels and the last before Ender’s Game hit theaters this weekend . You can find his other posts on the Ender’s Game series here. Be sure to tune in next week to get his review of the movie. Several other short stories […]