The First Formic War

ENDER’S GAME opens in the last desperate days of Earth’s war against the implacable insectoid aliens.  We are told early on that the Battle School is training generals for the Third Formic War – the war that will end the war, will save the Earth, will finally defeat the Buggers.

EARTH UNAWARE tells us how the First Formic War began.  Working with Aaron Johnston, Orson Scott Card fills in the history of the Ender Universe with a pulse-pounding tale of first contact gone horribly wrong.   Out in the Kuiper Belt, beyond the orbit of Pluto, a family-operated asteroid mining ship is working a claim.  The ship is old, the family is big, and the minerals they are after are hard to find.  They need to fill their holds so they can buy supplies and desperately needed parts.  Seventeen year old Victor Delgado is a mechanical genius, and is eager to bring his skills to bear to support the ship and his family.  But something has appeared on the long-range scanners, out beyond the Belt.  Something that’s either as big as a planet, or is moving incredibly fast, at a significant fraction of the speed of light. Whatever it is, it’s heading straight for Earth.

In the second of the series, EARTH AFIRE, we see young Mazer Rackham on the ground in China, where the Formic aliens have landed and begun “terraforming” our planet.  It is the Scouring of China, and nothing alive can stand in the path of the invaders. All that humans can do is try to penetrate the alien ships, try to understand their technology, try to blow them up and drive the invaders away.

 

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