The anthology of essays about Ender’s Game I talked about here is now available.  My essay is titled “How It Should Have Ended,” and you can read the beginning over on the SmartPop Books website.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • Introduction: Ender’s World – Orson Scott Card
  • How It Should Have Ended – Eric James Stone
  • The Monster’s Heart – John Brown
  • The Cost of Breaking the Rules – Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Winning and Losing in Ender’s Game – Hilari Bell
  • Parallax Regained – David Lubar, Alison S. Myers
  • Mirror, Mirror – Alethea Kontis
  • Size Matters – Janis Ian
  • Rethinking the Child Hero – Aaron Johnston
  • A Teenless World – Mette Ivie Harrison
  • Ender on Leadership – Colonel Tom Ruby
  • Ender Wiggin, USMC – John F. Schmitt
  • The Price of Our Inheritance – Neal Shusterman
  • If the Formics Love Their Children Too – Ken Scholes
  • Ender’s Game: A Guide to Life – Matt Nix

I reread Ender’s Game for just before writing my essay, and was struck again by what a brilliant book it is.  Obviously, it has really struck a chord with the reading public — last year, 27 years after it first came out, it was the #1 best-selling science fiction book of the year (in print).  If you haven’t read it in a while (or ever) I recommend reading it — and then reading Ender’s World to get some interesting perspectives on it.

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