Earth Awakens is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, the third book of the First Formic Wars trilogy of novels in the Ender's Game series. It was released on June 10, 2014, it was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for science fiction. With an alien invasion in progress in China, humanity is divided on; the Chinese government is determined to go it alone, despite suffering catastrophic losses. Captain Wit O'Toole of the Mobile Operations Police and Mazer Rackham have managed to destroy one of the three alien landers, but because they achieved the first significant human victory of the war without official approval and using a nuclear warhead obtained without authorization, they are in the custody of Chinese General Sima. During the invasion, Mazer Rackham saves Bingwen, a intelligent eight-year-old Chinese boy who now comes up with a clever ploy to get them released: he spreads word over the internet that they were acting under Sima's orders and gives Sima full credit.
Meanwhile, Victor Delgado and Imala Bootstamp drift to the alien mothership in a ship disguised to avoid being destroyed. Victor manages to explore the vessel, they survive a failed drone attack on the alien ship and, after getting away again, confront Lem Jukes, whom they suspect of involvement in the attack. It was launched by Lem's father, Ukko. Lem tried to delay it. Based on what he has learned, Victor devises a plan to capture it, reluctantly accepts Lem's help in carrying it out; the MOPs, including Wit and Mazer, are recruited to become the rest of Victor's boarding party. Despite Victor's objections, Imala volunteers as well; when the Formics detect the intruders, all of their forces on Earth leave to go to their ship's defense. Lem leads a force to hold them off. Aboard the Mothership, Wit has to sacrifice his life, exposing himself to lethal levels of radiation, but Victor's plan succeeds, the ship is captured intact. However, Victor's cousin, backtracks the path of the alien ship and discovers that it was only a scout ship.
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Speaker of the Dead
Speaker of the Dead is the fourth studio album by metalcore band Emmure, released on February 15, 2011. It is the first release by the band to have a gap more than just a year between their last release; the record was produced by Joey Sturgis, who produced the following full-length. Speaker of the Dead is Emmure's fourth studio release under Victory Records, completing Victory's four-album deal at the time. However, Emmure re-signed with Victory and released two albums, Slave to the Game on April 10, 2012, Eternal Enemies on April 15, 2014. On January 7, 2011, Victory Records released a 41-second teaser on YouTube which displayed the album's official artwork, as well as giving a preview of "Children of Cybertron", the intro track off of the album. On January 18, 2011, the first single, "Demons with Ryu", was released on iTunes and Amazon MP3. On February 9, 2011, a music video was made and released for the song "Solar Flare Homicide". At the release, Speaker of the Dead debuted at No. 68 on the Billboard 200, No. 18 on the Rock Albums chart, No. 4 on the Hard Rock Albums chart, No. 11 on the Independent Albums chart.
All the drums on Speaker of the Dead were programmed. Speaker of the Dead received mixed reviews from critics, was praised by fans of Emmure's debut album Goodbye to the Gallows as to where the sound on Speaker of the Dead draws close to the record than any other release that they have made, according to the band. Peter Gorgui of ReviewRinseRepeat.com wrote a negative review of the album calling Speaker of the Dead a "failure" and describing the album's content as "boring" and "desperate". Gorgui did, praise the production done on the album by Joey Sturgis, saying Sturgis gave the album "a crunchy and crisp sound." The title of the album refers to Orson Scott Card's novel Speaker for the Dead. Track 1's title refers to Transformers. Track 2 is about an Alien encounter vocalist Frankie Palmeri claims to have had as a child Track 3's title is a line spoken by "Rorschach" from Watchmen; the song references a line from the film, Pet Sematary. Track 3 features a Waka Flocka reference- at approx. 2:25 Track 4 of the album is about the character "Ryu" from the Street Fighter video game series.
Track 5 of the album is a reference to an attack from the Dragon Ball series "Solar Flare" Track 7 refers to the Bohemian Grove political elite meetings in California. Track 9 of the album references the mystic Credo Mutwa and his account of an encounter with extraterrestrial beings. Track 10 is about Street Fighter with lyrics referring to the characters "M. Bison" and "Rose" from the series. Track 13 comes from Marvel Comics Super-villain Thanos and contains a quote from Charles Manson in the lyrics. In a promotional photo for the album, the boombox on the cover of the album is shown to be playing an audio cassette tape that reads "Emmure - SOTD". Prior to the band changing their official logo upon the announcement of their sixth album Eternal Enemies, Speaker of the Dead is the only Emmure full-length album that doesn't feature the band's former official logo on its cover art. Three songs on Speaker of the Dead received music videos, the most in any of the band's album cycles. EmmureFrankie Palmeri - vocals Jesse Ketive - lead guitar Mike Mulholland - lead guitar Mark Davis - bass guitar Mike Kaabe - drumsProductionProduced, mixed and programmed drums by Joey Sturgis Edited vocals by Nick Sampson Produced vocals by Taylor Voeltz Artwork and layout by We Are Synapse
Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card is an American novelist, public speaker and columnist. He is known best for science fiction, his novel Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win both science fiction's top U. S. prizes in consecutive years. A feature film adaptation of Ender's Game, which Card co-produced, was released in 2013. Card is a professor of English at Southern Virginia University, has written two books on creative writing, hosts writing bootcamps and workshops, serves as a judge in the Writers of the Future contest. A great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, Card is a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to producing a large body of fiction works, he has offered political and social commentary in his columns and other writing. Card is the son of Willard Richards Card and Peggy Jane, the third of six children and the older brother of composer and arranger Arlen Card. Card was born in Richland and grew up in Santa Clara, California as well as Mesa and Orem, Utah.
He served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Brazil and graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. D. program at the University of Notre Dame. For part of the 1970s Card worked as an associate editor of the Ensign, an official magazine of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Influences on his fiction include Heinlein, Mitchell, Asimov and Bradbury. Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, a place that has played a significant role in Ender's Game and many of his other works. Card began his writing career as a poet, studying with Clinton F. Larson at BYU. During his studies as a theater major, he began "doctoring" scripts, adapting fiction for readers theater production, writing his own one-act and full-length plays, several of which were produced by faculty directors at BYU, he explored fiction writing, beginning with stories that evolved into The Worthing Saga. After returning to Provo, Utah from his Church of Jesus Christ mission in Brazil, Card started the Utah Valley Repertory Theatre Company, which for two summers produced plays at "the Castle", a Depression-era outdoor amphitheater behind the state psychiatric hospital in Provo.
Meanwhile, he took part-time employment as a proofreader at BYU Press made the jump to full-time employment as a copy editor. In 1976, in the midst of a paid role performing in the church's musical celebrating America's Bicentennial, he secured employment as an assistant editor at the Ensign, moved to Salt Lake City, it was while working at Ensign. His short story "Gert Fram" appeared in the July 1977 fine arts issue of that magazine under the pseudonym Byron Walley, he wrote the short story "Ender's Game" while working at the BYU press, submitted it to several publications. The idea for the novel of the same title came from the short story about a school where boys can fight in space, it was purchased by Ben Bova at Analog Science Fiction and Fact and published in the August 1977 issue. Meanwhile, he started writing half-hour audioplays on LDS Church history, the New Testament, other subjects for Living Scriptures in Ogden, Utah, he completed his master's degree in English at the University of Utah in 1981 and began a doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame, but the recession of the early 1980s caused the flow of new book contracts to temporarily dry up.
He returned to full-time employment as the book editor for Compute! magazine in Greensboro, North Carolina, in 1983. In October of that year, a new contract for the Alvin Maker "trilogy" allowed him to return to freelancing. Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead were both awarded the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, making Card the only author to win both of science fiction's top prizes in consecutive years. Card continued the series with Xenocide, Children of the Mind, Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, "First Meetings in the Enderverse", Shadow of the Giant, A War of Gifts, Ender in Exile, a book that takes place after Ender's Game and before Speaker for the Dead. Card has announced his plan to write Shadows Alive, a book that connects the "Shadow" series and "Speaker" series together. Shadows in Flight serves as a bridge towards this final book, he co-wrote the formic war novels: Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, Earth Awakens and The Swarm as prequels to the Ender novels, with two more novels in the pipeline, which will result in two prequel formic war trilogies.
These trilogies relay, among the history of Mazer Rackham. Children of the Fleet is the first novel in a new sequel series, called Fleet School. In 2008 Card announced that Ender's Game would be made into a movie, but that he did not have a director lined up, it was to be produced by Chartoff Productions, Card was writing the screenplay himself. The film was made several years and released in 2013, with Asa Butterfield in the title role and Gavin Hood directing. Other works include the alternative histories The Tales of Alvin Maker, Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus, The Homecoming Saga, Hidd
Cheater (short story)
"Cheater" is a science fiction story by American writer Orson Scott Card, set in his Ender's Game universe. It tells the story of, it appears in Card's Webzine InterGalactic Medicine Show. "Cheater" is the story of Han Tzu as a child. Han Tzu was born in Nanyang and was a descendent of Yuan Shikai, a great Chinese general. From a young age, Han Tzu's father would play with him every day, it was his wish that Han Tzu would bring glory back to China. When he got a little older, tutors began to come to his house to play games with him. After a while, Han Tzu discovered that the games were to prepare him for a test. One day, his tutor began teaching Han Tzu games from a list; when the testers from the International Fleet showed up to give Han Tzu the test, he figured out that his father was cheating. Han Tzu didn't want to pretend to be the best; the next day, the people from the International Fleet showed up at Han Tzu's house and arrested his father for cheating but decided to test Han Tzu again, thus discovering how smart he is.
Han Tzu Han Tzu's father – unnamed Han Tzu's mama – unnamed Tutors – unnamed Wei Dun-nuan – language tutor Shen Guo-rong – testing tutor Boys to play with – unnamed Girls to play with – unnamed Mu-ren – household cook Pei-Tian – father's driver International Fleet testers – unnamed Soldier – unnamed In addition to the text version of the story, "Cheater" is available from InterGalactic Medicine Show as an audio download. The story was read by Orson Scott Card himself. "Cheater" was published in the October 2006 issue of Intergalactic Medicine Show. It appears in the anthology Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show
According to the theory of relativity, time dilation is a difference in the elapsed time measured by two observers, either due to a velocity difference relative to each other, or by being differently situated relative to a gravitational field. As a result of the nature of spacetime, a clock, moving relative to an observer will be measured to tick slower than a clock, at rest in the observer's own frame of reference. A clock, under the influence of a stronger gravitational field than an observer's will be measured to tick slower than the observer's own clock; such time dilation has been demonstrated, for instance by small disparities in a pair of atomic clocks after one of them is sent on a space trip, or by clocks on the Space Shuttle running slower than reference clocks on Earth, or clocks on GPS and Galileo satellites running faster. Time dilation has been the subject of science fiction works, as it technically provides the means for forward time travel. Time dilation by the Lorentz factor was predicted by several authors at the turn of the 20th century.
Joseph Larmor, at least for electrons orbiting a nucleus, wrote "... individual electrons describe corresponding parts of their orbits in times shorter for the system in the ratio: 1 − v 2 c 2 ". Emil Cohn related this formula to the rate of clocks. In the context of special relativity it was shown by Albert Einstein that this effect concerns the nature of time itself, he was the first to point out its reciprocity or symmetry. Subsequently, Hermann Minkowski introduced the concept of proper time which further clarified the meaning of time dilation. Special relativity indicates that, for an observer in an inertial frame of reference, a clock, moving relative to him will be measured to tick slower than a clock, at rest in his frame of reference; this case is sometimes called special relativistic time dilation. The faster the relative velocity, the greater the time dilation between one another, with the rate of time reaching zero as one approaches the speed of light; this causes massless particles that travel at the speed of light to be unaffected by the passage of time.
Theoretically, time dilation would make it possible for passengers in a fast-moving vehicle to advance further into the future in a short period of their own time. For sufficiently high speeds, the effect is dramatic. For example, one year of travel might correspond to ten years on Earth. Indeed, a constant 1 g acceleration would permit humans to travel through the entire known Universe in one human lifetime.. With current technology limiting the velocity of space travel, the differences experienced in practice are minuscule: after 6 months on the International Space Station an astronaut would have aged about 0.005 seconds less than those on Earth. The cosmonauts Sergei Krikalev and Sergei Avdeyev both experienced time dilation of about 20 milliseconds compared to time that passed on Earth. Time dilation can be inferred from the observed constancy of the speed of light in all reference frames dictated by the second postulate of special relativity; this constancy of the speed of light means that, counter to intuition, speeds of material objects and light are not additive.
It is not possible to make the speed of light appear greater by moving towards or away from the light source. Consider a simple clock consisting of two mirrors A and B, between which a light pulse is bouncing; the separation of the mirrors is L and the clock ticks once each time the light pulse hits either of the mirrors. In the frame in which the clock is at rest, the light pulse traces out a path of length 2L and the period of the clock is 2L divided by the speed of light: Δ t = 2 L c. From the frame of reference of a moving observer traveling at the speed v relative to the resting frame of the clock, the light pulse is seen as tracing out a longer, angled path. Keeping the speed of light constant for all inertial observers, requires a lengthening of the period of this clock from the moving observer's perspective; that is to say, in a frame moving relative to the local clock, this clock will appear to be running more slowly. Straightforward application of the Pythagorean theorem leads to the well-known prediction of special relativity: The total time for the light pulse to trace its path is given by Δ t ′ = 2 D c.
The length of the half path can be calculated as a function of known quantities as D = 2 + L 2. Elimination of the variables D and L from these three equations results in Δ t ′ = Δ t 1 − v 2 c 2, which expresses the fact that the moving observer's period of the clock Δ t ′
Earth Afire is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston, the second book of the Formic Wars novels in the Ender's Game series. It was nominated for the Goodreads Choice Award for science fiction. A century before the events of Ender's Game, an alien spaceship enters the solar system and soon makes known its hostile intentions by destroying harmless human ships, it wipes out a ragtag fleet of asteroid miners who have banded together in a desperate attempt to stop it. All of the adult male members of Victor Delgado's extended clan die in the battle; the survivors are unable to transmit a warning, so Victor volunteers for a near-suicidal mission to try to reach Earth in a tiny, hastily converted unmanned cargo ship. He is unable to get the authorities to take him seriously. Thus, humanity is unprepared when the First Formic War starts; the invader sends three enormous landing craft to southeast China. The Formics use gas to defoliate the area and kill everyone. Despite suffering stupendous losses, the suspicious Chinese government refuses outside help.
Before the landing, Mazer Rackham had been training the Chinese military on a new transport aircraft, the HERC, in exchange for training on their new invention, drill sledges that can tunnel underground. During the Formic invasion, he saves Bingwen, a intelligent eight-year-old Chinese boy, but is shot down. Bingwen saves his life, with the remote help of Kim. Bingwen and Mazer set off to destroy the nearest Formic lander; the Mobile Operations Police, a small but elite international force, enters China. The MOPs save Mazer from a Formic attack; the lander is shielded, but it does not extend underground. Mazer manages to find some drill HERCs to transport them close to the lander. MOP Captain Wit O'Toole obtains a tactical nuclear weapon from anonymous Chinese who do not agree with their government's stance on foreign assistance, they destroy the lander, but Captain Shenzu arrives and places Mazer under arrest. Meanwhile and Imala manage to drift close to the Formic ship, using a disguised ship provided by Lem Jukes to avoid being destroyed.
Victor breaks into the alien ship through a gun port. Victor Delgado, a young mechanic of great talent who, along with his father and a young apprentice, keeps the family mining ship El Cavador running Rena Delgado, Victor's mother Lem Jukes, son of mining magnate Ukko Jukes and captain of the Makarhu, a corporate mining vessel Captain DeWitt Clinton O'Toole, commander of the Mobile Operations Police Lieutenant Mazer Rackham, a Maori soldier whom O'Toole is interested in recruiting Bingwen, a young child whose parents and grandfather are killed in the Formic invasion Ukko Jukes, Lem Jukes' father Imala Bootstamp, Victor's Luna Trade Department attorney Captain Shenzu, a Chinese military officer The Formic Wars: Burning Earth List of Ender's Game characters List of works by Orson Scott Card
First Meetings is a collection of science fiction short stories by American writer Orson Scott Card, belonging to his Ender's Game series. Tor Books republished the book in 2003 under the titles First Meetings in the Enderverse and First Meetings in Ender's Universe and included the more recent "Teacher's Pest", a story about the first meeting of Ender's parents; the stories in this book are: "The Polish Boy" – Tells the story of how Jan Paweł Wieczorek as a small child gets tested by the International Fleet and convinces them to get his family out of Poland. "Teacher's Pest" – Tells the story of how John Paul Wiggin meets and falls in love with his future wife. "Ender's Game" – First appeared in the August 1977 issue of Analog magazine and was expanded into the novel Ender's Game. Although the foundation of the Ender's Game series, the short story is not properly part of the Ender's Game universe, as there are many discrepancies in continuity. "Investment Counselor" – Tells the story of how Ender Wiggin first met the artificial intelligence Jane and became a speaker for the dead.
It first appeared in the anthology Far Horizons edited by Robert Silverberg. Polish: Jan Paweł Wieczorek is a smart child, being homeschooled because his family refused to comply with the population's control laws. One day, Captain Helena Rudolf from the International Fleet shows up to test three of John Paul's brothers for possible admission into Battle School, she decides to test him early. He passes the test and gets a high score for leadership; the IF tries to get him to go to Battle School, but John Paul is only interested in trying to get his family out of Poland so that they can have a better life and he can get a good education. Captain Graff realizes this, but agrees to send the Wieczorek family to America because he hopes that one of John Paul's children will go to Battle School; this story contains younger versions of important characters in the Enderverse, such as Ender's father John Paul Wieczorek, Hyrum Graff, Admiral Chamrajnagar. Other characters associated with the IF appear, including Colonel Sillian.
While going to college, John Paul is assigned to take a Human Communities class being taught by Theresa Brown. First being annoyed at having to take a class being taught by a graduate student, John Paul soon changes his mind as Theresa Brown leads the class through a provocative debate about communities and population laws, she has just been told that her research project is being taken away from her in an effort to get her father Admiral Brown to come out of retirement. As a result, she does not want to speak to anyone. Determined, John Paul waits outside her office and orders food for her while she talks to her father on the phone; when she comes out, he is still waiting for her. She decides to eat with him, during the meal John Paul tells her about his secret past; as they continue to talk, they both begin to fall in love as they realize that they were both set up by the government to do so. This story begins as Ender is made the commander of Dragon Army at Battle School, an institution designed to make young children into military commanders against an unspecified enemy.
Armies are groups of students that fight mock battles in the Battle Room, a null gravity environment, are subdivided into "toons". Due to Ender's genius in leadership, Dragon Army dominates the competition. After his nineteenth consecutive victory, Ender is told that his Army is being broken up and his toon leaders made commanders in their turn, while he is transferred to Command School for the next stage of his education. Here, veteran Mazer Rackham tutors him in the use of a space battle simulator. Many of his former toon leaders serve under him once more. Once familiar with the simulator, they fight a series of what Mazer tells them are mock battles against a computer-controlled enemy. Ender's team wins again and again destroying a planet that the enemy fleet seems to be protecting. Once the battle is over, Mazer tells Ender that all of the battles were real, the children's commands having been relayed to the extant fleet, that he has destroyed the enemy's home world and ended the war. Since the events of Ender's Game, Ender Wiggin has been voyaging through space at near-lightspeed.
When he arrives at the planet Sorelledolce, he has just turned twenty in relativistic time, so he has to file his first tax return on the trust fund, given to him by the International Fleet at the end of the Third Bugger War. He shows his list of investments to Benedetto, a tax collector in the starport, who plans to steal some of it. Meanwhile, Andrew receives an email offering him financial software, which has an interactive personality that calls itself Jane. While they are on Sorelledolce, Andrew's sister Valentine Wiggin takes him to a "speaking" for a dead man. Andrew talks to the speaker and discovered that the man learned how to be a speaker for the dead from reading Ender's own books The Hive Queen and The Hegemon. Andrew decides to accept the assistance of the Jane program, she prepares his tax forms. The amount is much less; when Andrew delivers the forms to Benedetto, the tax collector tries to blackmail him because he has discovered Ender's identity as the hated Xenocide. But Benedetto finds that his files have mysteriously disappeared, the evidence trail is now behind Fleet security.
In an attempt to get revenge against Ender, he tries to leak what data he still has to the media, but Jane appears on his screen and gives him a