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Earth Unaware: 1 (The First Formic War) [Kindle Edition]

Orson Scott Card , Aaron Johnston
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"Orson Scott Card made a strong case for being the best writer science fiction has to offer."
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"Card has raised to a fine art the creation of suspense by means of ethical dilemmas."
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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.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 2719 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 417 Seiten
  • Verlag: Tor Books (17. Juli 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B007IM0IIW
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2.0 von 5 Sternen By far, the worst book by OSC I've read 6. Juni 2013
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Don't get me wrong: once I started reading it, I couldn't stop, Orson Scott Card has that gift. But it was painful. This was worse than Christmas in Battle School (or however that awful story was called). This was below the average sf B-movie. The space is cold, cold cold. Except that it isn't really, my dear Card (since vacuum is a good isolator). Mysterious interferences prevent communication with lasers. Gravity laser can be applied to metallic rock, but not to metallic objects. Travel times don't add up. Nothing adds up, actually, the explanations given (if there are any) are stupid and ad hoc.

But I can go along with that, as long as there is a cool idea and the characters have personalities (personality goes a long way). Unfortunately, that is not the case. The characters are boring to the extreme. There are no memorable lines. There is no memorable scene. There is no idea in that book, actually -- there is no proper plot, just a sequence of events; don't expect any kind of point, any kind of complexity, any kind of ending. The editor came and OSC said: "but I'm not ready yet!" to which the editor replied: "doesn't matter, we take it as it is; you will finish it all in your next book". To which OSC replied "fine by me, when will I get my cheque?"

So why am I giving two stars? Because you should ignore all reviews with one star or less as well as the reviews with five stars. This is just common sense. However, you really should read mine.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen 4.5 stars! Card's writing is unforgettable. 10. September 2012
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Victor Delgado may only be a teenager, but he and his father are the best mechanics on the ship. The big corporate miners have stores of spare parts and resources on their ships. As free miners, Victor's people make do with what they have. If something needs fixing, they pull out the junked parts and use their imaginations. Victor is a genius innovator. His inventions keep the family operation running smoothly in the Kuiper Belt. His life forever changes when Edimar "Mar" spots something odd in space.

Fourteen-year-old Mar is an apprentice spotter. Her job is to watch for movement in space: comets, asteroids, anything that might pose a collision threat to the ship. Mar notices an insanely fast mass moving in the far distance. Its velocity decreases over time and natural objects in space do not slow down on their own. Her gruff father would belittle her if this turned out to be nothing, so she contacts Victor. He agrees with her assessment. This object could very well be a near-lightspeed alien ship.

First contact is deadly. The aliens seem to be descended from insectlike creatures, so the free miners begin calling them "hormigas" (ants). These technologically superior creatures have no regard for human life. They have unimaginable firepower, a proven malicious intent, and are rocketing toward Earth. There is no way for the free miners to warn Earth and Luna and everyone in the Belts of what is coming. If ever there were a time to think "outside the box", this was it. The fate of humanity will rest on one of Victor's crazy ideas.

***** FOUR & A HALF STARS! My synopsis only touches the alien sections of this incredible story. This novel began as a back story to "Ender's Game". If you have not read Ender's infamous story, please do so!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Spannend bis zum Schluss! 6. Dezember 2012
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Auch wenn viele über Kausalität und Physik klagen, so ist es ein tolles Buch! Ich bin selbst Physiker und sehe selten Probleme mit unrealistischen Vorkommnissen, wenn ich Fantasy Romane lese...
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2.0 von 5 Sternen meh. 5. August 2012
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Just sort of seems like OSC phoned this one in, here and there you get some good writing but mostly it struck me as cheap. Some of the sections mention network security were just stupid, "...they have the best firewalls, but we hacked them in seconds while in free fall during a parachute jump using a eye blinking interface." wtf? The depictions of scientists and engineers were so far off the mark as to make me put the book down and shake my head (I am an engineer). We are not two dimensional and can deal with more than black&white problems also many of us can interact with people professionally and even effectively manage them. In many places OSC tries to insert some Newtonian physics but this universally fails and reveals that he really does not have a clue, speed and acceleration are different things. I could go on but you get the point.

I know this review does not really matter and anyone who has read the other books will read this one too as you should, just keep your expectations low. Or maybe read this one in graphic novel form.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Really? 21. Juli 2012
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I am so very disappointed... I can't believe Card even read this book, let alone wrote it.

The story is moderately interesting, and the characters are enough to keep you going. However the book displays complete ignorance of the most basic points about physics, gravity, and space flight. (spoilers ahead)

What the heck does it mean to come to a "full stop" in space?
How does it matter how fast you're going when you dock, as long as you're matching velocity?
How can you travel from the Kuiper belt to the Moon in 8 months? At the stated velocity (100,000 mph) it's a 5 year trip. Don't you have Google?
So many many others..

By the way, if you're the mindless appendage of a multi-body organism, why do you snarl in hatred? Do our fingers have expressions? And oh yes, how does a human know that expression is hate?

I am a huge fan of Card's work, but come on, this time nobody even tried. It's OK to stretch the boundaries of science when you write science fiction, but you need to at least consider the actual facts too.

Lastly, Card's work is lyrical and a beautiful read, full of social commentary. This is just a rather poorly written space opera, not much different than the "Bug Eyed Monster" genre of the 1940's. I can't believe Card wrote this; I suspect Mr. Johnson spent most of the time at the keyboard. But Card should have exerted a little editorial control. His name's on the book, and that should be a promise to the reader. Promise not kept!
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1.0 von 5 Sternen Written for a comic book series 2. August 2012
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Ender's Game is still one of my top 5 books of all time. While I didn't like the followup novels as much, I could still appreciate how well they were written, even if they didn't appeal as much to my reading tastes. Earth Unaware, however, is complete drivel. I have no idea what Card was thinking when he released this, but I should have recognized the warning sign when I saw that it was co-authored. It's not even really a novel, but rather a series of short stories that loosely tie together with a couple of utterly pointless cameo appearances by characters which will play a role later in the Formic wars.

Sadly, it all starts to make sense when you read the Afterward in the book -- this was never originally intended to be a novel. It was backstory that Card created for Ender's Game. Back in 2009 Marvel Comics made several successful runs of comics based on Ender's Game and the Ender universe. This travesty of a novel is the result of Marvel wanting to do a new series with new characters, but still set in the Ender universe. It was created specifically to flesh out the story so Marvel can create a comic book series.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A Comic Book without Pictures 18. Juli 2012
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Earth Unaware really reads like a stripped down action book which has more to do with its comic book roots than with its relation the larger Ender Universe, with its rich and complex layers of worlds and characters, of cultural and philosophical insight.

The book lacks the depth of the rest of the Ender's series and the parallel Shadow series. The world of the asteroid mining culture is fairly well developed, but could benefit by more depth. The culture of earth hardly makes an appearance at all. The story falls short of creating the backstory world the gave rise to Ender and his life. There is actually one character in this story who appears in the Ender's Game series, but he is given a very peripheral treatment. One key element of technology is also introduced. The formics are here, of course, but we learn nothing new.

The parenthetical subtitle, "First Formic War," creates an expectation that is never fulfilled. That's all I'll say about the ending. This was a squandered opportunity to provide us with a deep, rich view of the world where Andrew Wiggin grew up. Where are the insightful commentaries on human nature and society? None of the characters have the complexity of the Wiggins Family or Bean.

The overall structure of the book is difficult to follow. Each of the first three chapters is about a totally different set of characters in different worlds, and the book bounces among them with little natural transition. Of course this is a technique that Card uses in his longer books, but here in this shorter story I found it jarring. Two threads are connected about 2/3 of the way through the book, and the other thread finally comes into juxtaposition , but never fully connects. Maybe it is the collaborative nature of the writing that gives this narrative an irregular, disjointed feeling.

The writing itself, while better than a lot of what is being published today as science fiction, lacks the flair, the imagery, the depth of Card's usual prose. How about this trite little sentence fragment? "Laughs so big and long that tears came out of his eyes." (Lacks tense agreement, too). Or a tired metaphor? "Coming home with eight was like Christmas come early." But, maybe it's not fair to pick out things here and there. Let's just say that "fresh and imaginative" is not how I would describe the writing style. There are also several typographical and grammatical errors that got by the copy editors and proofreaders. Tsk-tsk.

When my daughter suggested Ender's Game to me earlier this year, I was captivated and read the entire series of four books and the parallel Shadow series of four books plus the extras. I pre-ordered this one for my Kindle and anticipated its arrival for months. Maybe I was expecting too much, but this book is not up to the standards that Card has set. It was a bit of a let down.

This is a three star rating, and one of those stars is for Orson Scott Card's name. He is a master writer who has influenced me deeply.

Will there be a prequel sequel? The possibility is there. Let's hope its more than a comic book without pictures.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Watch the Physics 14. September 2012
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I had a little trouble throughout the novel with the assumption by spaceship drivers that a space walk would be dangerous "at high speed". Speed is irrelevant in space (with the exception of space dust and rock particles) - what matters is accelleration. You wouldn't want to do a space walk while a ship was accellerating or decellerating or executing a change in course - but moving at a constant high speed relative to the the planetary coordinate system should be OK.

It didn't "ruin" the story, but the point was made so many times by different characters that it grew into a problem by the end of the novel.

Note: When I learned in reading the Afterword that the novel was extrapolated from a comic book series - the "loose" physics became more understandable. Somehow mistakes in how the universe works are easier to swallow in a pulp magazine comic than in a regular novel.
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