The August 1977 issue of Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact came out about 35 years ago. (The issues tend to come out well in advance of their cover dates — I already have the September 2012 issue — possibly because that makes it seem like you are getting a magazine from The Future!) That issue contained Orson Scott Card’s short story “Ender’s Game,” which he later expanded into the eponymous novel. You can read the short story free on Card’s site. It was on the strength of that story that Card won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 1978. The 1985 novel version won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for Best Novel.
Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game, an anthology of essays about Ender’s Game, will be coming out in February 2013. I’m lucky enough to be one of the essayists, but you, too, can have a shot at being included: Q&As with Orson Scott Card will be featured in the book, and the publisher is soliciting the questions from readers. You can submit your questions here (deadline July 7).
I don’t want to steal any of my own thunder, so I won’t discuss the topic of my essay. But I re-read the novel back in April as part of my preparation for writing the essay, and was struck once again by what a great story it is.
Last year, NPR allowed people to nominate and then vote for the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books. J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings trilogy came in at #1, Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy came second, and Ender’s Game came third, just ahead of Frank Herber’s Dune series and George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. That makes Ender’s Game the top-ranked serious science fiction novel. (To the best of my knowledge, only one other LDS author made the list: Brandon Sanderson, with his Mistborn trilogy at #43 and The Way of Kings at #71. Also, Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series, which Sanderson is finishing, came in at #12. The list excluded books that were published for the Young Adult market, which may explain why several very popular LDS authors didn’t make the list.)
If the movie scheduled to come out next year is good, Ender’s Game might become more popular than ever. The book has sold over 2 million copies, but if the movie makes $100 million at the box office (and you can bet the studio is hoping for at least double that), that would be over 12 million tickets sold.