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First Meetings: In Ender's Universe

First Meetings: In Ender's Universe


First Meetings: In Ender's Universe

ratings:
4.5/5 (43 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Publisher:
Released:
Apr 1, 2004
ISBN:
9781593974732
Format:
Audiobook

Description

First Meetings is a collection of three novellas (plus the original "Ender's Game") that journey into the origins and the destiny of one Ender Wiggin.

"The Polish Boy", a novella written especially for this collection, begins in the years between the first two Bugger Wars when the Hegemony is desperate to recruit brilliant military commanders to repel the alien invasion. In John Paul Wiggin, the future father of Ender, they believe they may have found their man. Or boy.

In "Teacher's Pest", also written especially for this collection, a brilliant but insufferably arrogant John Paul Wiggin, now an American university student, matches wits with an equally brilliant graduate student named Theresa Brown.

It is many years since the end of the Bugger Wars in "The Investment Counselor". Ender's reputation as a hero and savior has suffered a horrible reversal. Banished from Earth and slandered as a mass murderer, 20-year-old Ender Wiggin wanders incognito form planet to planet as a fugitive, until a blackmailing tax inspector compromises his identity and threatens to expose Ender the Xenocide.

Also here is the original landmark "Ender's Game", which first appeared in 1977.

First Meetings is Orson Scott Card at the height of his considerable powers, featuring his most compelling character.

A Macmillan Audio production.

Publisher:
Released:
Apr 1, 2004
ISBN:
9781593974732
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Orson Scott Card has won several Hugo and Nebula Awards for his works of speculative fiction, among them the Ender series and The Tales of Alvin Maker. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife and four children.


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  • (5/5)
    Lo amé, sobre todo la historia de Jane. Maravilloso ?
  • (5/5)
    I love all These book they are so exciting and interesting... This is great for science fiction lovers.
  • (4/5)

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    Strictly for fans of the Ender and Bean series. This is a collection of short stories that expand on the charcters from Ender's Game. Well written and entertaining, but it would probably be a mystery if you have not read Ender's War and Speaker for the Dead.

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  • (4/5)

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    This is a nice collection of Ender-related stories, meant to give you a better feel for the Ender character and various aspects of who he is and how he came to be the character in the Ender-saga.My favorite stories are the ones about his father and mother, and how their lives shaped how they brought Ender up in the world. Perhaps this is because I am completely in love with the backstories of just about every piece of fiction that exists (cut-backs in television, prequels in literature, Episode I, II and II being the only Star Wars movies I've seen completely). Suffice it to say, this is a nice collection for any fan of Ender Wiggin, though it isn't something that every reader would want to pick up.This collection of short stories gives more insight into the character, but adds little in the way of plot or theme.

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  • (5/5)

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    Card is one of my favorite authors. As a long-time fan of the Ender's Game books, I was excited to see additional short stories related to the characters.

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  • (3/5)
    Not as good as the novels in the series. Some of the stories were alright while others were somewhat painful to read. There were no major revelations about characters of events in the Ender series. These short stories were filler, nothing more nothing less. Good to read in the interest of completion but serve no other real purpose and are not essential in understanding the rest of the Ender series.
  • (3/5)
    Short stories giving background to "Ender's Game" (included) and "Speaker for the Dead". Interesting as filler.
  • (4/5)
    This is a collection 4 novellas that either feature Ender Wiggin or his family. They have all been previously published except one "Teacher's Pest" is original to this volume."The Polish Boy" tells the story of Ender's father and how he was noticed by the government as a possible battle school student."Teacher's Pest" tells how Ender's parents met."Ender's Game" is the original story written in 1977 which inspired the novel of the same name."The Investment Counselor" is the story of how Ender first meets Jane.Due to the information found in these stories this book is best read anytime after "Xenocide", the third Ender book. I enjoyed all the stories and while I wouldn't call them brilliant, they were all enjoyable. A must for fans of the series.
  • (5/5)
    First Meetings gives several different origin stories leading up to the events in Ender's Game and to Speaker for the Dead. Highlights include "The Polish Boy," about Ender's father when he was a boy, as well as the original short story version of Ender's Game. If you enjoyed Ender's Game and the other books in that series, then you will probably enjoy this book, but if you've never read any of those books, this is the wrong place to start.
  • (4/5)
    This is a quick and interesting look into the background and beginnings of Ender Wiggins. Those who enjoyed the previous journeys into the Enderverse, will be disappointed only by the length of this collection.
  • (5/5)
    My favorite stories are "The Polish Boy" and "Teacher's Pest."