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The Authorized Ender Companion

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by Orson Scott Card, Jake Black

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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


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.

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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“A must-have for any fan of the 'Enderverse.'” —School Library Journal

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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

Meet 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 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.

Brief Biography

Greensboro, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1951
Place of Birth:
Richland, Washington
B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981

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KR_J More than 1 year ago
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.
EKC More than 1 year ago
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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