Marvel Comics takes a page out of ‘Ender’s Game’

Books, Comics, Sci-Fi & Fantasy

Ender's Game by Orson Scott CardOrson Scott Card’s Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel Ender’s Game and its follow-up Ender’s Shadow will be visualized in another medium for the first time by Marvel Comics.

Sci-Fi Wire reports that a limited comic book series based on the first book will hit shelves this fall.

Also, Tor Books will publish a direct sequel to Ender’s Game — called Ender in Exile — late this year.

Ender’s Game is the story of gifted Earth children in the future taken from their parents to train for war when the planet is threatened with another attack from an alien species. One of these kids, Ender Wiggin, becomes Earth’s salvation — but only after a tragic sacrifice.

Other books in the Ender saga: Speaker for the Dead (my favorite), Xenocide and Children of the Mind. Ender in Exile will take place before Speaker.

The related Shadow saga comprises Ender’s Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant and the forthcoming Shadows in Flight.

A movie based on Ender’s Game is said to be in pre-production according to IMDB, but a film adaptation has been teased for years and Card has proved extremely protective of the work — and rightfully so. It’s one of the books that made me a lifelong reader early on, and it’s more than just sci-fi — it’s a moving philosophical epic.

There’s also a video game in the works based on the vivid Battle Room training scenarios in the book.

Update: Director Wolfgang Petersen, who was attached to the Ender’s Game film, has reportedly left the project. Producers still hope to start filming early next year.

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