The Authorized Ender Companion

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The Authorized Ender Companion is a complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe. Written by Jake Black under the editorial supervision of Card himself, The Authorized Ender Companion will be an invaluable resource for readers of the series.

If you ever wondered where Ender went after he left Earth, before he arrived at Lusitania, you’ll find the answer here. If you ever wondered how the battle room worked,...

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Overview

The Authorized Ender Companion is a complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things and events in Orson Scott Card’s Ender Universe. Written by Jake Black under the editorial supervision of Card himself, The Authorized Ender Companion will be an invaluable resource for readers of the series.

If you ever wondered where Ender went after he left Earth, before he arrived at Lusitania, you’ll find the answer here. If you ever wondered how the battle room worked, you’ll find the answer here. If you forgot the names of the people were who discovered the descolada, the answer is here. The history of Gloriously Bright’s world? Here.

The Authorized Ender Companion contains all that and more. There are character biographies, time-lines, colony histories, and family trees.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Dawn Talbott
In this encyclopedia of all things Ender, Black provides a detailed source of information for the world created by Orson Scott Card in Ender's Game (Tor, 1985) and continued through several novels. It begins appropriately with a complete list of every character, including aliases, and important locations that appear in the Ender novels. Following the name is a code that lists the titles in which that person or place appeared. Next is a summary, including the history, personality traits, relationships, and significant events that occurred in that character's life or at that location. Entries range from a couple of sentences to several pages for the names that are integral parts of the Ender world. There is also a listing of every book and story in the Ender series. Each of these entries contains the year published, significant characters, special notes, and a synopsis. Also included is a timeline and Ender's family tree. There is a section describing the development of the screenplay for Ender's Game, and a chapter describing the science behind the technology in the series, complete with illustrations and schematics. The final chapter features letters from a plethora of fans, ranging from school teachers and college students to video game developers and fast food cooks. This volume is definitely an all-inclusive resource for the Ender world, although it may not appeal to readers without an intense interest in the series. Reviewer: Dawn Talbott
School Library Journal
Adult/High School—Written with the support and supervision of Orson Scott Card, this volume contains an encyclopedia as well as several articles related to the "Enderverse" series. Arranged alphabetically, the encyclopedic portion of the book provides quick references to the events, characters, locations, and technology found within Card's popular series. Entries range from a single sentence to several pages. Ender's own entry spans 24 pages. A time line as well as Ender's family tree are appended, followed by a section by Aaron Johnston discussing the development of the Ender's Game screenplay, which provides a unique opportunity to see the process of turning a novel into a movie. An essay by Stephen Sywak speculates on how the technology used in Ender's world might be possible. Finally there is a section called "Friends of Ender," which contains personal reactions to Ender's Game from people in all walks of life. A must-have for any fan of the "Enderverse."—Kelliann Bogan, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765320629
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 11/10/2009
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Orson Scott Card

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 grandchildren.
 
JAKE BLACK has written for several popular franchises and characters including Smallville, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Twilight, Star Trek, and many others.  He is also the author of Marvel Comics’ Ender series comic books “Gold Bug,” “Cheater,” and “Recruiting Valentine.” He lives in a quiet Utah town with his wife and son.

Biography

Any discussion of Orson Scott Card's work must necessarily begin with religion. A devout Mormon, Card believes in imparting moral lessons through his fiction, a stance that sometimes creates controversy on both sides of the fence. Some Mormons have objected to the violence in his books as being antithetical to the Mormon message, while his conservative political activism has gotten him into hot water with liberal readers.

Whether you agree with his personal views or not, Card's fiction can be enjoyed on many different levels. And with the amount of work he's produced, there is something to fit the tastes of readers of all ages and stripes. Averaging two novels a year since 1979, Card has also managed to find the time to write hundreds of audio plays and short stories, several stage plays, a television series concept, and a screenplay of his classic novel Ender's Game. In addition to his science fiction and fantasy novels, he has also written contemporary fiction, religious, and nonfiction works.

Card's novel that has arguably had the biggest impact is 1985's Hugo and Nebula award-winner Ender's Game. Ender's Game introduced readers to Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, a young genius faced with the task of saving the Earth. Ender's Game is that rare work of fiction that strikes a chord with adults and young adult readers alike. The sequel, Speaker for the Dead, also won the Hugo and Nebula awards, making Card the only author in history to win both prestigious science-fiction awards two years in a row.

In 2000, Card returned to Ender's world with a "parallel" novel called Ender's Shadow. Ender's Shadow retells the events of Ender's Game from the perspective of Julian "Bean" Delphinki, Ender's second-in-command. As Sam to Ender's Frodo, Bean is doomed to be remembered as an also-ran next to the legendary protagonist of the earlier novel. In many ways, Bean is a more complex and intriguing character than the preternaturally brilliant Ender, and his alternate take on the events of Ender's Game provide an intriguing counterpoint to fans of the original series.

In addition to moral issues, a strong sense of family pervades Card's work. Card is a devoted family man and father to five (!) children. In the age of dysfunctional family literature, Card bristles at the suggestion that a positive home life is uninteresting. "How do you keep ‘good parents' from being boring?" he once said. "Well, in truth, the real problem is, how do you keep bad parents from being boring? I've seen the same bad parents in so many books and movies that I'm tired of them."

Critical appreciation for Card's work often points to the intriguing plotlines and deft characterizations that are on display in Card's most accomplished novels. Card developed the ability to write believable characters and page-turning plots as a college theater student. To this day, when he writes, Card always thinks of the audience first. "It's the best training in the world for a writer, to have a live audience," he says. "I'm constantly shaping the story so the audience will know why they should care about what's going on."

Card brought Bean back in 2005 for the fourth and final novel in the Shadow series: Shadow of the Giant. The novel presented some difficulty for the writer. Characters who were relatively unimportant when the series began had moved to the forefront, and as a result, Card knew that the ending he had originally envisioned would not be enough to satisfy the series' fans.

Although the Ender and Shadow series deal with politics, Card likes to keep his personal political opinions out of his fiction. He tries to present the governments of futuristic Earth as realistically as possible without drawing direct analogies to our current political climate. This distance that Card maintains between the real world and his fictional worlds helps give his novels a lasting and universal appeal.

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    1. Hometown:
      Greensboro, North Carolina
    1. Date of Birth:
      August 24, 1951
    2. Place of Birth:
      Richland, Washington
    1. Education:
      B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981
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THE AUTHORIZED ENDER COMPANION (Chapter HOW TO USE THIS BOOK)

This book is an encyclopedic reference to the events, characters, locations, and technology found within Orson Scott Card's Ender Universe. While every effort has been taken to be as thorough as possible, this book is not meant to replace the actual reading of any of the novels, short stories, or comic books in the Ender series. It is designed as a resource for fans of the series to augment their understanding of all Ender-related material.

The entries are listed alphabetically, with additional synopses of the novels and short stories included at the end of the encyclopedia portion of the book. Additional essays, charts, and time lines are also included to help readers further appreciate the universe of the Ender books. It is hoped that readers will refer to this book while reading the novels and short stories.

THE AUTHORIZED ENDER COMPANION.Copyright 2009 by Hatrack River Enterprises

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  • Posted September 19, 2011

    Very Good, but one big problem

    The book itself is great for fans of the Enderverse. Keep in mind it is a reference book only, there is no plot.

    The one big problem is has is the diagrams, timelines, family trees, etc. cannot be enlarged in anyway. They are one page each on the Nook, but there is no way to enlarge it to make it readable. I tried with reading glasses and a magnifer and still could not make Ender's Family Tree nor the Timeline readable. I think this was a big thing to overlook since the Timeline was referenced several times in the book, and in the forward or afterword of other books.

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  • Posted January 28, 2010

    For Ender Officianados

    Great reference book. No plot, no story line, just a dictionary of all things, places, and people of Ender's life. Fun to read because you suddenly remember the book a certain character appeared in and what happened with this character. It's almost like reading the books again ... going back through Ender's history. A must for every Ender fan.

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