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.)
A 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.
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.
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.
Centipede Press will publish a signed, special limited edition version of ‘Ender’s Game’ in October.
According to Centipede’s website, this edition will include 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. This novella was later published for the first time in the August 1977 issue of Analog. The original typed manuscript likely contains minor differences from the published version which first appeared in the August 1977 issue of Analog.
“This stunning new edition of Ender’s Game is enclosed in a capped cloth slipcase, full color artwork by David Ho, a new introduction by Brandon Mull, Card’s introduction from 1991, an afterword by Orson Scott Card, and a separate book of the author’s original typed manuscript from 1975 which was submitted to Analog magazine. The book sizes are 6½ × 10 inches. Both books are printed in two and four colors throughout and are cloth bound. . . . Each copy is signed by Orson Scott Card, Brandon Mull, and David Ho.”
Examples of this edition’s artwork can be seen above (Chapter 1) or below (Chapter 6). Visit Centipede Press for a couple more artwork previews.
This new edition of ‘Ender’s Game’ is being sold for $295 in a limited print of 300 copies. You can purchase a copy here. According to Centipede’s website the books will ship near October 3.
A Collector’s Guide to the Enderverse by Chris W.
I first read ‘Ender’s Game’ in 1998 at the age of 14. I was hooked and Orson Scott Card quickly became my favorite author. I’m also a lifelong book collector, but collecting the works of Card didn’t cross my mind until nearly a decade after I first encountered the Enderverse. Why’d I wait so long?
The answer is because there is surprisingly little information about the different versions of Card’s work. You can find an internet resource for nearly every bestselling author. Stephen King, for example, has dozens of sites dedicated to his works, but not Card.
What you see below is a summary of the collectible versions of ‘Ender’s Game’ as well as the other stories in the Enderverse.
I welcome additions and corrections. Most of the material below is based on Card’s bibliography and what I’ve seen on the market. I’ve also received assistance from the Philotic Web and Hatrack River message boards.
The Four Versions of Ender’s Game
There are at least four written versions of ‘Ender’s Game':
- The story was first published as a novella in the August 1977 issue of the Analog.
- The story first appeared as a standalone novel in 1985. This version went on to win the Hugo and Nebula awards, yet comparatively few people have read (or own) this version of the book.
- The version most familiar to readers today is the 1991 revised version. Card made several minor changes to reflect the changed political climate after the fall of the Soviet Union.
- The final version has yet to be published, but Card claims to have already written it. In the afterward to ‘Ender in Exile’, Card said he rewrote Chapter 15 and posted it on Intergalactic Medicine Show. To my knowledge, he never actually did so. (If he did and if you have a copy, please contact me ASAP!) Card said in the afterward that he hoped to publish this fourth version of ‘Ender’s Game’ in the future.
The Prop Store will hold an auction for several ‘Ender’s Game’ film props later this summer in partnership with Odd Lot Entertainment.
At San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) last weekend, the Prop Store booth promoted an ‘Ender’s Game’ film prop auction which will be held later this summer. The date of the auction has yet to be announced, but the date is expected to be shortly after August 25 when the site will hold a ‘Pacific Rim’ auction.
A catalog of props has not been made public, but the Prop Store is promoting the ‘Ender’s Game’ sale with the following highlights: “Flash suits with helmets” (Want!), “Cyclotron blasters” AKA flash guns (Want!), and “Hero props and set decorations.” The last highlight is vague, but it will be interesting to see what gets put on sale.
At SDCC, the Prop Store booth displayed Colonel Graff’s I.F. jacket worn by Harrison Ford, two flash suit helmets- one orange (Dragon Army) and one green (Salamander Army), two flash guns, various patches- Dragon Army, Salamander Army, Bobcat Army, and the I.F., a battle school “desk”/ tablet, and a formic egg.
Side note: One flash gun was in this glass case, another was attached to a wall.
One lucky person won the formic egg and a Salamander Army Patch during the Prop Store’s SDCC promotion.
According to the Prop Store, the ‘Ender’s Game’ auction is in partnership with Odd Lot Entertainment. The ‘Ender’s Game’ film was produced by several production companies so it’s possible that some of the film’s props were distributed among some or all of the production companies. Therefore, some fan-favorite props may not be for sale at this auction.
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Today Cryptozoic Entertainment released their ‘Ender’s Game’ trading cards.
Fans can purchase the cards via their online store or likely comic shops which sell DC Comics. They cost about $3.50 per pack with 5 cards per pack.
There are a total of 129 trading cards for fans to collect, which includes 69 base cards and many chase and insert cards which feature cast autographs and costume swatches. Not all of the cards can be collected via the card packs; some of the cards are exclusive via other offers.
We have compiled a list and pictures of all 129 trading cards. The list is a work in progress. It’s currently missing pictures of the base set and two dual wardrobe cards. The pictures of the base set are expected to be added to the list in about two weeks, but if any readers have pictures of cards #DM03 and #DM05 please send them to us!
EDIT: Scans of #DM03 and #DM05 have been added to the list. Thanks!
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‘Earth Awakens’ by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the third novel in the First Formic War Trilogy and the sequel to the New York Times best-selling novels ‘Earth Unaware’ and ‘Earth Afire’. This prequel to ‘Ender’s Game’ tells the story of the first formic invasion 100 years before ‘Ender’s Game’.
‘Earth Awakens’ is the satisfying answer to the cliffhanger left by ‘Earth Afire’. The combat scenes are thrilling, the dialogue is sharp, and the characters are every bit as rich as they were left on the pages of ‘Earth Afire’. Favorites such as Mazer Rackham, Bingwen, Victor Delgado, and Imala Bootstamp all return to save humanity from the first formic invasion.
Like its prequels, ‘Earth Awakens’ is told from several perspectives. In the first two novels this feature helped world build, but in ‘Earth Awakens’ it creates perfect suspense. The first half of the novel is almost pure action. While this would be satisfying to someone who’s just completed ‘Earth Afire’, those who haven’t picked up ‘Earth Afire’ in a year will find the extended combat scenes to be somewhat tedious.
In an action-packed novel, it’s easy to paint characters with generic passion. Thankfully, the characters in ‘Earth Awakens’ reflect the many attitudes toward war. There are characters who fear, act heroically, act indifferent, and some characters who use war as financial opportunity. This subtle attention to detail creates a believable future for readers that I greatly enjoyed reading.
The second half of the novel reintroduces readers to Bingwen, the Chinese child genius. Readers will continue to fall in love with Bingwen as his plotline leads him to an unsurprising and familiar future. Although I wished Bingwen had more scenes in ‘Earth Awakens’, I’m almost certain that readers will see much more of him in the Second Formic War Trilogy.
All in all, there are fewer surprises in ‘Earth Awakens’ than the first two novels in this trilogy. The novel rightly focuses on detailed conclusions rather than the introduction of new twists and turns. If you’ve read ‘Formic War: Silent Strike’ than you can consider ‘Earth Awakens’ to be an extended edition of the graphic novel. The close of the war, the budding romances, and the development of key entities important in later novels reach satisfying conclusions in ‘Earth Awakens’.
Apart from Mazer Rackham, there are few concrete details in the first two First Formic War Trilogy novels which tie the series to the rest of the Enderverse. However, ‘Earth Awakens’ differs from the first two novels in this respect. ‘Earth Awakens’ ties this trilogy into the rest of the Enderverse in a beautiful and intricate way. The novel pulls elements from, ‘Ender’s Game’, ‘The Gold Bug’, ‘Shadows in Flight’, and ‘The First Formic War: Silent Strike’.
Card and Johnston have accomplished what few science fiction authors have not. In an increasingly expanded science fiction universe the material further unifies the series instead of contradicting elements. As a member of several fandoms, I appreciate the thought and care that went into the construction of this novel.
‘Earth Awakens’ is the well-deserved conclusions for patient fans who read the first two novels in the trilogy. Readers do not need to have read ‘Ender’s Game’ to understand the First Formic War Trilogy. One can begin the story with either ‘Earth Unaware’ or ‘Earth Afire’, but ‘Earth Awakens’ is too fast-paced to bother with much backstory. I recommend reading at least ‘Earth Afire’ before opening ‘Earth Awakens’.
I really enjoyed reading ‘Earth Awakens, and I know I’ll reread this trilogy again. I have no real criticisms and I would recommended ‘Earth Awakens’ to all science fiction readers and fans of the Enderverse. After reading the epilogue I’m excited for the release of the Second Formic War Trilogy.
‘Earth Awakens’ will be released tomorrow, June 10. Pick it up at your local bookstore or pre-order ‘Earth Awakens’ on Amazon.
Disclaimer: A special thanks to Tor Books for providing ‘Earth Awakens’ for review. All opinions are my own.
Aramis Knight, who played Bean in the ‘Ender’s Game’ film, is the latest cast member to sign his character trading cards for Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Other cast members who have begun signing their character trading cards include Brandon Soo Hoo (Fly Molo), Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker), Conor Carroll (Bernard), Cameron Gaskins (Poly Slattery), Caleb J. Thaggard (Stilson), and Han Soto (Colonel Graff’s aide).
Cast members who have yet to sign their character cards are Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Suraj Partha (Alai), Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap), Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), and Andrea Powell (Theresa Wiggin).
There are currently only 13 confirmed signers, but there may be two additional signers based on the marks on the back of the cards.
Each pack of five cards will cost $3.50. They are not yet available for purchase, but they are expected to be released between July 1 and Sept. 30.
Yet another ‘Ender’s Game’ cast member is busy signing character cards, but details on the cards we’ve seen so far point to the fact that there may be two additional signers.
Han Soto, who played Colonel Graff’s aide, shared these pictures with us.
Notice that the back of Soto’s card is marked A15. This presumably stands for autograph #15. Other character cards are assigned different numbers. For example, Brandon Soo Hoo (Fly Molo) is A8, Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker) is A11, Conor Carroll (Bernard) is A12, and Caleb Thaggard is A14*.
As of December, there are only 13 confirmed signers. Thus, we can guess that there are two additional signers if Han Soto is autographer #15. Significant cast members who are not confirmed to sign are Hailee Steinfeld (Petra), Moises Arias (Bonzo Madrid), Abigail Breslin (Valentine), and Viola Davis (Major Anderson). We’ve reached out to Cryptozoic Entertainment for more information and we’ll update everyone as soon as we can.
The current list of signers includes Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Brandon Soo Hoo (Fly Molo), Aramis Knight (Bean), Khylin Rhambo (Dink Meeker), Conor Carroll (Bernard), Suraj Partha (Alai), Cameron Gaskins (Poly Slattery), Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap), Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), Andrea Powell (Theresa Wiggin), Caleb J. Thaggard (Stilson), and Han Soto (Colonel Graff’s aide).
A special thanks to Han Soto for sharing these photos with us! Follow him on Instagram; he posted a great picture yesterday with Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff) in honor of “Star Wars Day” (May the fourth be with you).
*Confirmed by Ender’s Ansible.
Brandon Soo Hoo, who played Fly Molo in the ‘Ender’s Game’ film, is the fifth cast member to sign character trading cards for Cryptozoic Entertainment.
Brandon was also nominated for the 2014 Young Artist Awards for Best Performance in the TV Series – Recurring Young Actor for the show ‘Supah Ninjas’ on Nickelodeon.
Other actors committed to signing include Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Graff), Aramis Knight (Bean), Suraj Partha (Alai), Nonso Anozie (Sergeant Dap), Jimmy ‘Jax’ Pinchak (Peter Wiggin), Andrea Powell (Theresa Wiggin), and Han Soto (Colonel Graff’s aide).
Each pack of five cards will cost $3.50. They are not yet available for purchase, but they are expected to be released between July 1 and Sept. 30.
A special thanks to Brandon and his family for allowing us to share these pictures!