The “Shadow Series” begins with the novel ENDER’S SHADOW, which parallels the events of ENDER’S GAME from a different character’s point of view.
Andrew “Ender” Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best.In ENDER’S SHADOW, Orson Scott Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean—the one who became Ender’s right hand, his strategist, and his friend.
Bean’s past was a battle just to survive.He lived on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else.He knew he could not survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children’s gang, and then to help make that gang safe and successful.And he lived to grow older.
Bean’s success brought him to the attention of the Battle School’s recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion.Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School.And there he met Ender….
After ENDER’S SHADOW, this series continues the story of what happens on Earth afterEnder leaves.
After the threat of complete annihilation by the Formic aliens is lifted, Earth’s old nations throw off the yoke of the International Fleet, and return to their old warring ways. But there is another Wiggin still on Earth – Peter, Ender’s older brother. The one who was too violent and ruthless for the Battle School.
In SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON, we see Bean becoming Peter Wiggin’s general and strategist, as Peter struggles to mold the newly warring nations of Earth back into the unified force that had been created in response to the Formic invasions.Old fashioned military tactics aren’t going to get very far when you’ve suddenly got a hundred Alexander the Greats back on Earth.
In SHADOW PUPPETS, Bean and Petra find happiness with each other while the Hegemon takes control of Earth, and of the new far-flung colony worlds. They are creating the foundation of the Starways Congress to come, far in the future.
But in SHADOW OF THE GIANT, Bean discovers that he, too, can no longer remain on Earth. The genetic tinkering that created his incredible mind has left its mark on his body.He can no longer tolerate life in the gravity well of a planet. And worse, three of his children share the same mutation.
The next book of the Shadow Series is SHADOWS IN FLIGHT.Bean and his children are, like Ender, using the effects of near-light-speed travel to outrun time, while on Earth researchers work to discover how to counter the deadly effects of the genetic manipulation that made Bean so inhumanly brilliant.SHADOWS IN FLIGHT is also available as an enhanced ebook, with dozens of beautiful full color illustrations, maps, and extra content.
Ender's Shadow by Orson Scott Card--Audiobook Excerpt
Listen to this audiobook excerpt from Orson Scott Card's science fiction novel Ender's Shadow, companion novel to the sci-fi classic Ender's Game and the book that launched the bestselling Ender's Shadow series—available for the first time as an unabridged CD or digital audiobook.
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.