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Cover & Synopsis: “Earth Afire” by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

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…

Here’s the synopsis:

100 years before Ender’s Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War.

Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn’t believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame.

And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.

Book info as per Amazon US [Also available via Amazon UK]:

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0765329050
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765329059
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13 Comments on Cover & Synopsis: “Earth Afire” by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

  1. Nick Sharps // December 15, 2012 at 7:12 am //

    Whoa…is this going to be like…the ACTUAL Formic War? Because that would be…oh man…

  2. I just found a nice hardback copy of the previous prequel book on sale the other day and snatched it up. Now I’ll have to end up tracking this down. My list of books that I may never get to is growing too fast.

  3. So, how long are we going to milk this franchise for? I know that it is popular (and there’s a film coming, etc.), but it really got tired around the third original book, let alone the books that showed the stand-in from the fifth battle scene of the first book who went to the cafeteria late at night and…

    • Nick Sharps // December 15, 2012 at 8:11 am //

      I never read any of Ender’s books after Game. They didn’t interest me all that much. But I LOVE Bean’s half of the story.

  4. Um, not trying to imply anything or anything, but why’s the other guy’s name not on the cover?

    • Hmm…interesting point. He is listed on the amazon link as an author.

    • Probably because the o.s.card name is a franchise (in terms of being well-known), whereas the other guy is an unknown quantity. it is likely that publishers wanted to maximize potential sales by pimping (there really is no other term for this, imo) the more famous author’s name.

      • Yeah, I could see that. Frankly, however — and no, there’s no way to say this without criticizing OSC — but you’d think the known author might have some leverage with the publishers and insist the other guy got his due as a co-author. It seems like the right thing to do. Bear in mind, I obviously don’t know the whole story, but still…

        • I could see that too, had not the same guy written the last book (a prequel to this one) with Card AND had his name included on the front cover (in smaller letters). Maybe the letters are REALLY small this time. 😉

    • FYI…I am trying to verify with Tor if this is the final cover. I’m thinking that, if anything, it may be the final art but not the final text since one of the co-author’s names is missing.

  5. I know Johnston wrote the comic book. I’m not sure what his involvement is in the novels. This is probably just an oversight.

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