The trailer for Ender’s Game is finally here.

Based on the worldwide bestseller by Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Game takes place 70 years after a horrific alien war. An unusually gifted child is sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.

The film starts Asa Butterfield (Ender Wiggin), Harrison Ford (Colonel Hyrum Graff), Abigail Breslin (Valentine Wiggin) and Ben Kingsley (Mazer Rackham). It opens November 1st.

In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.

Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.

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BOOK TRAILER: “Earth Unaware” by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

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.

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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…

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