First Meetings is a collection of three novellas, plus the original short version of“Ender’s Game” that was expanded into the bestselling novel.
“The Polish Boy” begins when the International Fleet is desperate to recruit brilliant military commanders to repel the aliens. In John Paul Wiggin-the future father of Ender -they believe they may have found their man. Or boy.
In “Teacher’s Pest”, a brilliant but insufferably arrogant John Paul Wiggin, now an American university student, matches wits with an equally brilliant graduate student named Theresa Brown. This is the first meeting of Ender’s parents.
It is many years since the end of the Bugger Wars in “The Investment Counselor.” Ender’s reputation as a hero and savior has suffered a horrible reversal. Now twenty-year-old Andrew Wiggin wanders incognito from planet to planet, until a blackmailing tax inspector compromises his identity and threatens to expose Ender the Xenocide. It is then that we have our first meeting with Jane.
A WAR OF GIFTS is a short novel written by Orson Scott Card as a Christmas gift for his fans.It is set on the Battle School, chronologically just after Ender has arrived.To keep peace in the school among a hundred children from dozens of different cultures and religions, celebration of all religious and national holidays has been banned. But the children don’t agree with that, and the war between staff and students begins when someone leaves a gift from Sinter Klaus in Dink Meeker’s shoe.
A War of Gifts by Orson Scott Card--Audiobook Excerpt
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel A War of Gifts. Card offers a Christmas gift to his millions of fans with this short novel set during Ender's first years at the Battle School where it is forbidden to celebrate religious holidays.
Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, which follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, which tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers." Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977--the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.
Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many science fiction and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), and stand-alone novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Racheland Leah. Card's work also includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.
Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card. He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.