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ansible [an·si·ble] n. 1. a hypothetical communication device capable of delivering sound waves instantaneously 2. a fictional machine that allows faster than the speed of light communication (example: Commander Ender Wiggin used an ansible to communicate with his fleets instantaneously, although they were on the other side of the galaxy.)

Centipede Press Wants Fan Input on Next Enderverse Edition

Shadows in Flight cover artWith the success of the illustrated edition of ‘Ender’s Game’ in October, Centipede Press is considering publishing another Enderverse novel or collection.

In a newsletter Sunday morning, the publisher asked fans which Enderverse novel to publish next. According to the newsletter, ‘Ender’s Game’ author, Orson Scott Card, has suggested picking a novel from either the Shadow series or First Formic War series. Card also suggested publishing a complete collection of Ender short stories.

“Mr Card also suggested a collection of ALL the Ender universe short fiction,” reads the Centipede Press newsletter. “Something that has never been done, an ‘Anthology of all the Ender-related short fiction, including the ones in First Meetings and all the rest which have never before collected in one book.'”

What Enderverse material would you like to see published by Centipede Press? Leave a comment below!

Please send your suggestions to jerad@centipedepress.com.

Revised ‘Ender’s Game’ edition postponed

book coverThe long-awaited revised ‘Ender’s Game’ edition has been postponed.

At the end of July, Orson Scott Card’s wife requested help from fans to reconcile correct contradictions between ‘Ender’s Game’ and other novels in the series. She wrote, “It would be most helpful to have all of these posted by 15 August 2014, so I have time to do the rewrites and edits before the due date.

Fans have anticipated this revised editions for years. When Card’s wife solicited help on Hatrack, it seemed as though the book would be published soon. However, months have passed with no release date.

We emailed Tor regarding this ‘Ender’s Game’ edition, and the email response we received from Tor in-part says, “The anniversary edition of ‘Ender’s Game’ has been pulled from the season and we currently don’t have a tentative date as to when we’ll be publishing it.”

Therefore, the revised ‘Ender’s Game’ edition was originally planned to be published this season, but has been pulled for unknown reasons. Of course this could be held as good news. Now Card has more time to collect corrections. If you wish to submit a correction, click here.

Card offers signed ‘Ender’s Game’ novels for the holidays

43167In tradition with recent years, ‘Ender’s Game’ author Orson Scott Card is offering signed, personalized copies of ‘Ender’s Game’ for sale via a Greensboro Barnes & Nobles location.

In addtion to ‘Ender’s Game’, this year ‘Earth Awakens’, ‘Ender’s Game’ and ‘Speaker for the Dead’ will also be offered for sale.

Local residents can stop by the bookstore at Friendly Center. These orders will be taken through Dec. 22.

Store location:
3102 Northline Ave,
Greensboro, NC 27408

Those gift givers who do not live close enough to Greensboro should email the store. According to Card, “Let them know the titles you want, the names you want them signed for, and the address to which the books should be shipped after signing. Include your phone number, too, because a store employee will call you to get credit card information (we don’t want you including credit card info in emails!).” Remote orders will be accepted through Dec. 15.

Store email:
crm2795@bn.com

The full list of novels for sale is listed below.

Boxed sets of all three hardcovers of ‘Pathfinder’, ‘Ruins’, and ‘Visitors’ (Note: Shrink-wrap so all three volumes can be signed)
Hardcovers: ‘Ender’s Game’, ‘Earth Awakens’ (First Formic War #3), ‘Visitors’ (Pathfinder #3), ‘The Gate Thief’ (Mithermages #2)
Trade paperbacks: ‘Pathfinder’, ‘Ruins’ (Pathfinder #2), ‘Enchantment’, ‘Magic Street’
Small format paperbacks: ‘Ender’s Shadow’, ‘Speaker for the Dead’

Review: Centipede Press ‘Ender’s Game’ Edition

DSC00212Review by Chris W

 

When the details for Centipede Press’s version of ‘Ender’s Game’ began to emerge, I knew the final product would be special. The artwork looked stunning, and Card’s original manuscript for the short story promised to be a cool relic. While I didn’t own a Centipede Press book, I knew the company had a great reputation for high quality and exceptional finish.

 

The only issue? The price. Even for passionate book collectors, $295 is expensive.  Collectible books generally aren’t read. Instead, they sit on the shelf, occasionally invoking a quiet smile from their owner.  Paying $295 for that can be challenging, especially for the budget conscious.  But for collectors – or even for big fans of a particular novel – $295 isn’t out of the question if the edition hits all of the right notes.

 

Centipede Press’s final product does hit all of the right notes. With this edition, Centipede Press has under-promised and over-delivered. Every detail, from the cover to the feel of the paper, is stunning. The artwork helps bring the story to life. The book is signed and unexpectedly numbered.

 

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To me the best feature is Card’s original manuscript for the ‘Ender’s Game’ novella. The manuscript itself is fascinating, showing Card’s original edits on a version typed by his mother. My favorite part, however, is his cover letter to Analog (which shows Card’s sassy side) and his extremely-touching dedication to his mother.

 

I’ve collected Card’s work for a long time. Centipede Press’s version of ‘Ender’s Game’ is the best version of the novel to date.  (Take that, Easton Press!)  But more notably, it is the best version of any of Card’s works to date.  We can only hope for a limited edition of ‘Speaker for the Dead’!

 

According to Centipede Press, there are about 15 copies of this edition still available for purchase.
For $295 the set includes two volumes. The first volume contains a forward by Brandon Mull, an introduction by Card, Card’s original forward, the definitive version of ‘Ender’s Game’, an afterward featuring ‘Making Ender Smart’ by Card and select transcripts from ‘Ender’s Game Alive’. The second volume contains a letter to Analog from Card and Card’s original manuscript of his 1977 ‘Ender’s Game’ novella.

 

See more pictures after the jump. If you have any questions about this edition, leave a comment below.

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Butterfield Honored at Savannah Film Festival, Talks ‘Ender’s Game’

Asa-Butterfield-headshot-webAsa Butterfield, age 17, was honored at the Savannah Film Festival in Georgia on Saturday with the “Rising Star Award.”

In an interview Morning Star News, Butterfield admitted that ‘Ender’s Game’ is his favorite film he’s worked on. He goes on to say that he liked that he got to do many things that he would never have been able to do in real in the real world, such has use harnesses to fly in the battle room.

“‘Ender’s Game’ had a cast around my age,” said Butterfield.. “I’ve been really fortunate in working with actors who have all taught me something different. Ben Kingsley is one of the best actors I ever saw or worked with. Watching what he did was the best. It’s one of the perks of the business.”

Watch the Butterfield’s full interview below.

‘Ender’s Game’ Fan Explains How He Broke into the Film’s Production

Ash Throp, a self-described “big fan” of ‘Ender’s Game’, worked on the ‘Ender’s Game’ as a freelance motion graphics designer. In an interview, Throp talks about how he worked his way onto the film and his role in bringing the adaptation to the big screen.

“I’m a big fan of the genre, and so this was a lot of fun for m,” Throp told ART OF VFX. ” I read the series of books and really enjoyed the story and its underlying meanings. It was a challenge to try and put forth all my crazy ideas into the film, but I’m really happy with the end result.”

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In the interview, Throp said that his curiosity drove him to introduce himself to the art directors. He was later hired to work on the film’s user interfaces.

“Curiosity got the best of me, and I decided to boldly introduce myself to [the art directors] one day,” said Throp. “We bonded in conversations over our common love for creating. In our talk, I mentioned to Ben that I would love to work on ENDER’S GAME, if there was any help needed on designing the user interface for the film. I put together a quick concept and pitched it to Ben and Sean. I think they appreciated my enthusiasm and excitement for the project, and before I knew it, I was hired onto the film”

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Throp also describes how he carefully selected font and graphic choices for each frame.

“I proposed over 40 different font families at the beginning of the project,” said Throp. “Eventually, I decided on a clean, modern, structured base font that I thought would be used for the military UI, and then some more utilitarian fonts for the civilian world.”

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To read Throp’s entire interview and see sketches of his early user interface concept art visit ART OF VFX.

‘Ender’s Game’ Theatrical Production Produced in Finland

A theater company in Finland has produced a a play based on ‘Ender’s Game’.

The play premiered on September 27 and runs through December 20. It runs for 3 hours and 15 minutes, including two intermissions. For tickets and showtime information, visit their Facebook page.

For readers who would like a taste of the experience, but do not live near Finland, check out production photos from their Instagram account.

A photo posted by Teatteri Toivo (@teatteritoivo) on

Possibly Stream ‘Ender’s Game’ Film via Tribeca Short List

EG_Payoff_1-Sheet_not-rated_online-610x903Lionsgate and Tribeca Enterprises have collaborated to create an online video streaming service, called the Tribeca Short List, for their films and films by other studios.

Not much is known about the price of the services or other specifics, but the service is expected to launch during the first half of 2015.

‘Ender’s Game’, which was produced by Lionsgate, is likely to be among the films available for streaming.

“The launch of the Tribeca Short List service unites two powerful brands and underscores our commitment to collaborate with blue-chip partners around the world to deliver premium content to online audiences,” said Lionsgate chief executive Jon Feltheimer.

Credit: The Washington Post.

VIDEO: 3D Models in the ‘Ender’s Game’ Battle Room

Screen Shot 2014-10-07 at 2.26.22 PMA new video from Digital Domain explains how 3D models were used make the ‘Ender’s Game’ film.

Digital Domain is the visual special effects company that worked on the ‘Ender’s Game’ movie.

Mårten Larsson, a visual effects supervisor for Digital Domain, explains in the video below the process of developing 3D models into fluid battle room scenes.

He gives fans a look into how pre-production concepts and Digital Domain came together to develop key differences between human and formic designs.

“It was very easy to add too much,” said Larsson. “It would be a big visual clutter, so another big challenge for us was, ‘Now we’ve added all the ships we wanted in there. It’s completely crazy. I don’t know where to look. How do subtract ships or move ships around?'”

If you haven’t read ‘Ender’s Game: Inside the World of an Epic Adventure‘, this video is definitely worth the watch.

“It’s a really great feeling to know that you can make anything happen. If you can dream it, you can make it.”

This video was produced by Future Engerineers. Those interested can submit a 3D model to futureengineers.org for a chance to win a day at Digital Domain and a VIP Tour of SpaceX or the grand prize of a 3D print on the International Space Station.

Illustrated ‘Ender’s Game’ Nearly Sold Out

According to Centipede Press, the illustrated edition of ‘Ender’s Game’ by Orson Scott Card is nearly sold out.

Centipede press said in an email Sunday that about 30 copies remain available for preorder. This special edition is limited to only 300 prints. Fans and collectors can still preorder the set for $295.

The set includes two color-illustrated books. The first book will be the 1990s revised version of ‘Ender’s Game’. The second book will contain Card’s original typed manuscript of the ‘Ender’s Game’ novella from 1975.

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Each print will be signed by Card, Brandon Mull, who wrote the preface, and illustrator David Ho.

For more information about this edition, click here.

If you have already ordered your copy, Centipede Press expects to ship out orders this week.