Ender's Game, first published 25 years ago, and three other novellas by Orson Scott Card comprise First Meetings: In the Enderverse. In "The Polish Boy" (2002), which occurs between the two Bugger Wars, the Hegemony tries to draft a boy genius, John Paul Weiczorek, to help ward off an alien invasion. In "Teacher's Pest," written especially for this collection, John Paul (now known as John Paul Wiggin) spars with the brilliant graduate student who teaches his class at the university. John Paul's son, Ender Wiggin, stars in "Ender's Game," as he trains in Battle School to lead an army against an alien army. And finally, in "Investment Counselor" (2000), Ender has been accused of mass murder and, traveling as Andrew Wiggin, he avoids detection with the help of a mysterious financial adviser. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Four stories set in four different time periods explore new aspects of Card's best-selling "Ender" series. In "The Polish Boy," the Hegemony attempts to recruit new military talent to prepare for a resurgence of war against the aliens known as Buggers, while in "Teacher's Pest," original to this collection, Ender's father, John Wiggin, meets his match in a young woman named Theresa Brown. "The Investment Counselor," a cautionary post-Bugger War tale about guilt and survival, and the original novella "Ender's Game" round out this collection. Suitable for both adult and YA fans of the Ender series. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Gr 6 Up-Andrew "Ender" Wiggins, a brilliant leader and tactician and destined to save Earth by destroying an entire alien civilization at the age of 12, was first introduced in Card's "Ender's Game" in Analog magazine (1977). That novella, plus three other stories (including one never before published) make up this appealing and entertaining collection of tales, all dealing with first meetings that played significant roles in the life of Ender Wiggins. "The Polish Boy" introduces his extraordinary father, John Paul, who manages at the age of six to trick the Hegemony into bringing his entire family from Poland to the United States. "Teacher's Pest" is the story of how John Paul meets and romances the equally brilliant graduate student Theresa Brown. Finally, in "The Investment Counselor," a mysterious accounting program named Jane appears just when 20-year-old Andrew Wiggins needs help figuring out both his taxes and what to do with the rest of his life. All four stories use the future setting as a framework to explore various issues of religion, government control, population limits, education, and moral responsibility. Character, setting, plot-Card does them all right, and makes it look effortless. The graphic novelesque illustrations will appeal to teens. For newcomers to Ender's universe and long-time fans, this book will hit the spot and whet the appetite for more.-Mara Alpert, Los Angeles Public Library Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
These stories demonstrate the assured scene setting, apparently effortlessly sustained suspense, and moral preoccupation...that distinguishes Ender's entire saga.
"[An] appealing and entertaining collection of tales....For newcomers to Ender's universe and longtime fans, this book will hit the spot and whet the appetite for more."School Library Journal on First Meetings
"Showcases Card's talent at developing the inner life of a character. Even those who are intimately familiar with the concepts of the Game from later Ender books will be struck anew by Card's virtuosity. His powerful voice and startlingly clear vision will draw many new readers into a lifelong love of science fiction. This accessible collection will impress even non-sci-fi buffs, besides being a must-have for Ender saga devotees."Publishers Weekly on First Meetings
"These stories demonstrate the assured scene setting, apparently effortlessly sustained suspense, and moral preoccupation with the responsibilities of kinship and friendship that distinguishes Ender's entire saga."Booklist on First Meetings