Ender's Game: An Introduction

So I was talking with our M.D. Kazed about a film project and happened to mention Orson Scott Card's excellent work on creating characters and viewpoints. I went into a monologue about how great OSC's character interaction planning was and how he was way ahead of his time blah blah blah... Next thing I remember, I was sitting in the cinema and saw this trailer.

If you haven't read Ender's Game, read it. I very much doubt the film will contain the entire story but will probably be an expression of the ethos of OSC's semi-dystopian future.

If you don't want to read it, read on (no spoilers though): Ender is a kid, a 'extra' child in a future that limits all families to 2 kids. But he's special: sharp, gifted, endlessly tenacious, yet deeply compassionate. The military picks him up and trains him to the furthest extremes they can imagine. Within a few years he is legendary strategist while still a child. But the enemy is an insectoid hive mind that has shredded every earth fleet sent in defence. And Ender, haunted by the darkness of childhood torture at the hands of his brother, is pushed beyond his limits but a Colonel who believes he is the only hope left to fight a galaxy bent on eradicating the human race.

Look around and you won't find a sci-fi top ten list that doesn't note Ender's Game in the top five. This is a big deal. Harrison Ford as Colonel Graff and Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham should bring eye-watering happiness to fans of the book. Gavin Hood (Director: Startgate SG-1) has adapted a screenplay and is directing. Presuming all cards are played right, Hood has an entire library of Ender books to make sequels with. Fingers and toes crossed. This is set to be a classic.


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