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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

    Another great romp thru the Ender universe!

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    Earth unaware

    It even feels like the beginning of one of the great sagas of SF. Well done!

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    exciting, good future fantasy

    This story may be our future. Good flow from space workers, corporations and earth. Fast past and very realistic

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    An ok read, the science lets it down

    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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    Thoroughly impressed.

    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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