The Resource Earth afire : the First Formic War, Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

Earth afire : the First Formic War, Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston

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Earth afire : the First Formic War
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Earth afire
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the First Formic War
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Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
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eng
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Traces the events of the First Formic War a century before the events of Ender's Game, following the unsuccessful attempt of Victor Delgado to warn skeptical Earth governments of an imminent alien invasion and the efforts of Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police to meet unprecedented threats
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  • Scott and Johnston explore human ignorance and compassion through a tapestry of galactic warfare in the second volume of the Formic Wars trilogy, collectively a prequel to Ender’s Game. After the independent asteroid mining ship El Cavador is attacked, Victor Delgado escapes and joins State Official Imala in warning mining magnate Ukko Jukes and Earth’s scientists of approaching hostile insectlike aliens called Formics. While diplomats seek a peaceful solution, Rena, a matriarch from El Cavador, gathers her surviving people aboard a scavenger ship, and damnable villain Lem Jukes, Ukko’s son, plans to overtake the Formic ships and defy his father’s iron grip. Against this operatic backdrop, heroic Lt. Mazer Rackham and his special forces stand alone against the deadly insectoids. Card and Johnston craft cinematically detailed environments for their space miners, thieves, and outcasts, probing the inner mechanics and conflicts of various groups. Social upheavals and political ineptitude are realized through rich characterization and brisk action, marrying the genre staple of alien invasion with conflicts of conscience. (June) --Staff (Reviewed April 1, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 13, p)
  • Victor Delgado arrived on Earth in time to warn the planet of the approaching alien ships, but not in time to convince the ruling powers that any danger existed. Only when the first ships arrived over China and destruction rained down from the skies did the world take notice, and only Lt. Mazer Rackham of the New Zealand Special Air Services (NZSAS), along with the Mobile Operations Police, is willing and able to cut through red tape and take direct action against the buglike aliens known as the Formics. Card's second novel (after Earth Unaware ) in the series chronicling the world conflict that precedes the award-winning Ender's Game is an action-filled tale of fighting men (and a very few women) and ordinary people who come together in extraordinary circumstances. VERDICT Card's strengths lie in his storytelling skill and his ability to create likable, strong, yet flawed characters, and fans of his Ender stories should flock to this prequel series. [The film version of Ender's Game , starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, and Asa Butterfield, is scheduled for release this November.—Ed.] --Jackie Cassada (Reviewed June 15, 2013) (Library Journal, vol 138, issue 11, p66)
  • Second entry in the prequel series (Earth Unaware, 2012), set many years before the deeds of the Ender's Game novels. In China, young genius Bingwen ponders an Internet file seeming to show hostile insectlike aliens. The file was distributed by Victor Delgado, last survivor of a space mining family destroyed by those same invaders, in a futile and desperate effort to warn Earth of the approaching menace. Instead, Victor's treated like an unimportant minor criminal, while his evidence is ignored. Lem Jukes, meanwhile, heir to a powerful space mining corporation, with whom Victor tangled in space, reaches Earth just days ahead of the alien vessel. He knows precisely the danger the aliens represent and intends to use the situation to wrest control of the business away from his coldly indifferent father, Ukko. Despite everything, the authorities decide the Formics probably aren't hostile and send an official delegation into space. The Formics contemptuously blow the delegation to atoms and launch massive projectiles toward the planet. Mazer Rackham of New Zealand's Special Air Services happens to be in China on a training mission when the projectiles arrive and transform themselves into vast invulnerable fortresses, against which the Chinese defenders are helpless. Capt. Wit O'Toole's Mobile Operations Police desperately seek a way to enter China and join the battle against the Formics. The sections that feature highly intelligent, self-reliant children--Card's trademark--are as excellent as ever; elsewhere there's plenty of solid action, well-developed characters and prose that's often disappointingly clumsy. Another solidly engrossing installment, where the aliens are really just a sideshow: What we're witnessing is how and why Ender's child armies came to be.(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2013)
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10181695
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Card, Orson Scott
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813/.54
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no index present
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fiction
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Johnston, Aaron
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Volume two of the Formic Wars
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0002
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Space warfare
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Earth afire : the First Formic War, Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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volume
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text
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25 cm.
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First edition.
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399 pages
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9780765329059
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(hardcover)
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2012043815
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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SCIENCE FICTION.
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  • (OCoLC)822559875
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Earth afire : the First Formic War, Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston
Publication
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
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rdacontent
Dimensions
25 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
399 pages
Isbn
9780765329059
Isbn Type
(hardcover)
Lccn
2012043815
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Note
SCIENCE FICTION.
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  • (OCoLC)822559875
  • ocn822559875
  • OCoLC

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