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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.
Earth Unaware is the first novel in The First Formic War series by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston.


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Earth Unaware
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4.3 / 5
exciting, good future fantasy
July 21st, 2015
This story may be our future. Good flow from space workers, corporations and earth. Fast past and very realistic
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Thoroughly impressed.
December 10th, 2014
The Ender Universe has become one of my favourite constructs in all of science fiction literature. This story is a welcomed and necessary addition to the reality that Card has made.
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Earth unaware
October 9th, 2014
It even feels like the beginning of one of the great sagas of SF. Well done!
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An ok read, the science lets it down
September 29th, 2014
Shame about the science (you do not need to stop a space ship in space to do repairs!). Otherwise, it was a reasonable read, just don't think too hard about the science.
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January 23rd, 2014
I enjoyed this book quite a bit and I can't wait to read to the next two in the trilogy. It was a very exciting read even with all of the introspection characteristic of O.S. Card novels. Appropriately the only direct character link between this book and the later Ender novels is the character Mazer Rackham. Amusingly his appearance is little more than a cameo, at least in this book. I would be very surprised if he didn’t play a larger roll in the books that follow. I've read some grumblings about this book not quite fitting into the timeline that was laid out in Ender's Game. I haven't really looked into the details, but I thought this was a very satisfactory first book in the prequel trilogy. I remember reading some sort of forward or listening to an O.S. Card interview where he was talking about changing some small details found in the original version of Ender's Game when he was writing the sequels “Speaker for the Dead” and “Xenocide”. I think he changed the name of some of the planets that Ender visited. If I remember correctly they were changed from generic names to names that related to Shakespeare. Card basically said he would much rather edit small details from the book that were chosen on a whim and write a better more meaningful and satisfactory sequel than be stuck with insignificant details that stop him from writing the story he wants to tell. I think I basically agree with him. If Tolkien didn't rewrite "Riddles in the Dark" "Lord of the Rings" could not have been written. That’s one of my basic rules in life regarding fiction, if Tolkien did it, it is okay. One final note, like many people I’m very troubled and disappointed by Card’s political views, most specifically as they relate to homosexuality and the rights of homosexuals. There’s a lot of talk about boycotting Card’s works because of this. I certainly understand this reaction. I don’t go to Chickfila for basically the same reason, but I read Card’s novels. Does that make me a hypocrite? Maybe… but like most hypocrites I’ve made up some sort of justification for myself. Firstly in the O.S. Card books I have read I don’t encounter that specific opinion of his on display. Perhaps it is a presence of omission. As far as I can tell the are no homosexuals in Ender’s Universe. I would not be reading books for pleasure where I felt bludgeoned by opinions like that, but the Ender series thus far isn’t like that as far as I can tell and I’m not going to “punish” myself or the author by not reading his books because of his opinions outside the scope of the work I am reading. Then why don’t I eat Chickfila, isn’t good fried chicken outside the scope of bigoted opinions? Possibly, but it is just chicken there are plenty of alternatives, Mr. Card has created a thoughtful, exciting , and interesting scifi universe I quite enjoy visiting. I’ve honestly lost quite a bit of respect for Mr. Card as a person because of these views, but as an author in this particular context he has not let me down, at least not any more so than authors occasionally do ;) Okay I’ll leave it at that. Unless the next rewrite of Enders Game claims that homosexuality some how caused the bugger invasion I’ll keep reading books in this series.
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Earth Unaware
June 24th, 2013
Outstanding! Over the almost 30 years since Ender's Game was published, Orson Scott Card has added sequels, parallel stories and now a prequel and through them all he has maintained a consistently high quality of writing, story development and character development that keeps them equal to the ground breaking original. This latest is no different. Ender's Game is one of my favourite novels so I would be very sensitive to OSC taking the story too far, perhaps allowing it to fall into mediocrity. However, he has never done that and I look forward to more stories from the Ender universe.
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Earth unaware
May 18th, 2013
Another great romp thru the Ender universe!
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