Yeah, it's been in the works for some time. OSC even talks about it in the afterword of Ender in Exile. I was so excited when I saw it on the front page, but then I saw the release date... November is like a million years away!
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Just like most others, I'm excited for this companion. I just started reading the Ender books in late March, and I've already finished lotz of them. Most significantly, Ender Game itself, all the shadow books, and most recently (this morning), Ender in Exile. I noticed this site and was like ohemgee, Orson has a website. I was literally jumping around like a nut. My only qualm when it comes to this book is that I know I would be done all the short stories, all the books, everything that has anything to do with the Ender universe. The question that often comes to my mind is if I would still be interested. I mean I looked over the Afterword quickly, like I do most books. For a while, I thought that the Kung Fu Panda guy was going to write the book, then I clarified the author of the companion. Although this had nothing to do with anything, I just liked to share it. Had nowhere else to put it ;D
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I was lucky enough to have a brief essay I wrote to Hatrack included in the companion. I found this out THE DAY AFTER Mr. Card agreed to blurb my own book, which came out last June. Needless to say, was a pretty dizzy weekend.
Now, I AM NOT TRYING to sell anyone anything (unless you're so inclined, for which I thank you), but his blurb is up on the Amazon link to my book;
I just got a copy yesterday and I am reading through it. I read through the "Technology" part of the book and I am working my way through the rest.
The pictures of the time lines and the the family tree should have been larger. I don't wear glasses and I can read some really fine print, but that was too small.
Steve Sywak, has done a magnificent job trying to explain the possibilities of technology. Although it might not be considered "authoriative" by this book, I hope that the Marvel artists and movie designers do lean more toward Steve's Vision of the Battle School.
Lastly, on a selfish but informative note, know that I drew the picture of the Battle School on page 375. I drew it based off of Steve's concept and he included it in his Ender's Game Technology presentation that he made at EnderCon in 2002.
I was happily surprised to see it included in the book
I started reading at the front. It's a lot like a mythology encyclopedia, if you've ever used one of those. I hadn't ever read Teacher's Pest, so I could look up the entry on Theresa Wiggin and get the overview on that.
The chapter on the movie script was pretty engaging. I wonder how they are treating the end now. I prefer it to be Ender's game oriented, rather than Ender's Shadow but that's just me. I think the action can be shown in Ender's dreams.
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