Aaron Johnston is a New York Times bestselling author and comics writer. His novel Earth Unaware with Orson Scott Card was released by TOR in 2012. It’s sequel, Earth Afire, will be released June 4, 2013. He lives with his wife and four children in South Carolina. Follow him at aaronwjohnston.com or on twitter @aaronwjohnston.
Kicking a Dead Horse: Or Why We Don’t Need “Worst of the Year” Lists
This week Entertainment Weekly has printed a special double issue that lists “The Best & Worst of 2012.” They give you a bit of everything: best and worst movies, music, TV shows, books, games, scenes from movies, etc. If you go to their site, you’ll find even more best/worst options, including their list of [thanks but no thanks] best/worst nude scenes. And no, I’m not providing a link.
Now, I like Entertainment Weekly. I’m a subscriber. Have been for a long time. But do we really need to point fingers and call something the absolute worst something of the year? That strikes me as cruel. Yes, we should celebrate the achievements. Yes, we should applaud those who did the unexpected, or who wowed us with their talent, or who moved us with their performance, or who broke our hearts with their prose.
Here’s the book trailer for Earth Unaware by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, described thusly:
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.
Here’s the the cover art and synopsis of the upcoming novel Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston. This is set 100 years before Ender’s Game and tells the story of the first Formic War…