Earth Afire

Earth Afire Cover

Earth Afire

The First Formic War

By Orson Scott Card; Aaron Johnston

Tor Books, Hardcover, 9780765329059, 399pp.

Publication Date: June 4, 2013

Description

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.

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.
Fans of "Ender's Game" will thrill to Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston's "Earth Afire.



About the Author
ORSON SCOTT CARD is best known for his science fiction novel "Ender's Game" and it's many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel "Ender's Shadow" and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers."Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of "The Ensign," and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of "Analog."

The novel-length version of "Ender's Game," published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.

Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with "Seventh Son"), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like "Pastwatch" and "Hart's Hope." He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like "Empire" and historical novels like the monumental "Saints" and the religious novels "Sarah" and "Rachel" and "Leah." Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books ("Lost Gate," "Gate Thief"), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.

Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildrenAARON JOHNSTON is a New York Times bestselling author, comic book writer, and screenwriter who often collaborates with science-fiction legend Orson Scott Card. He and his wife are the parents of four children.


Praise For Earth Afire

“The story progresses nimbly, with plenty of tension and excitement and Card's usual well-developed characters.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Card’s gift for strong, memorable characters combined with screenwriter Johnston’s flair for vivid scene-building results in a standout tale of SF adventure that gives Ender series fans fascinating backstory to the classic Ender’s Game. It should also please readers of military SF.”
—Library Journal, starred review

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