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Earth Unaware
by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston


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A hundred years before "Ender's Game," humans thought they were alone in the galaxy. Humanity was slowly making their way out from Earth to the planets and asteroids of the Solar System, exploring and mining and founding colonies.

The mining ship "El Cavador" is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto.  Read more...


 
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Overview

A hundred years before "Ender's Game," humans thought they were alone in the galaxy. Humanity was slowly making their way out from Earth to the planets and asteroids of the Solar System, exploring and mining and founding colonies.

The mining ship "El Cavador" is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when "El Cavador"'s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it's hard to know what to make of it. It's massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

But the ship has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big. There are claim-jumping corporates bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems not important.

They're wrong. It's the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. This is humanity's first contact with an alien race. The First Formic War is about to begin.
"Earth Unaware "is the first novel in The First Formic War series by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston."

 
Details
  • ISBN-13: 9780765329042
  • ISBN-10: 0765329042
  • Publisher: Tor Books
  • Publish Date: July 2012
  • Page Count: 368

Series: First Formic War

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Books > Fiction > Science Fiction - General

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2012-05-07
  • Reviewer: Staff

Card and Johnston expand Card’s near-future universe in this readable, if not notable, novel, which launches a prequel trilogy to the bestselling Ender’s Game that will cover the same ground as the recent Formic War comics from Marvel. The residents of the mining spaceship El Cavador discover what appears to be an alien ship, and although young Victor advises alerting as many people as possible, he is overruled by the too cautious ship’s council. Then a human corporate ship, under the guidance of Lem Jukes, a son attempting to crawl out from his father’s shadow, attacks the El Cavador. Between the alien attacks and the intra-human warfare, there’s plenty of action, but the story adds little to the space invasion subgenre, and even less to the Ender universe. Fans won’t find anything to actively dislike, and they might appreciate the added development of characters who were one-dimensional in the comics, but there’s little to love. (July)

 
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