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Orson Scott Card announces new ‘Ender’s Game’ books

First Published Nov 02 2013 07:39 pm • Last Updated Nov 05 2013 09:40 pm

Science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card has announced that he’ll be writing a new set of sequels to the popular "Ender’s Game" series.

The announcement comes on the heels of the highly anticipated release of the first book’s film adaptation, featuring actors Harrison Ford and "Hugo" star Asa Butterfield.

At a glance

‘Ender’s Game’ blasts to top of box office

Los Angeles » Weekend moviegoers chose sci-fi over slapstick.

“Ender’s Game” scored the No. 1 slot at the weekend box office, earning $28 million in its opening weekend and sending “Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa” into second place, according to studio estimates Sunday.

Lionsgate’s adaptation earned an additional $2 million in five international territories.

Based on the novel by Orson Scott Card, “Ender’s Game” stars Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford as intergalactic soldiers.

Comments made by Card expressing opposition to gay marriage led some to call for a boycott of the film. But a strong first-place opening met the studio’s pre-weekend expectations.

Ticket sales didn’t come close to the opening weekends of other young-adult adaptations such as “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games,” though it did fare better than “Beautiful Creatures” and “The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones.”

“ ‘Ender’s Game’ is a big-budget movie that could be the start of a franchise,” said box-office analyst Paul Dergarabedian of Rentrak. “This time of year is not exactly a hotbed of million-dollar openings, but once they launch worldwide, it will do well.”

Paramount’s candid-camera comedy starring Johnny Knoxville disguised as an old man brought in another $20.5 million in its second weekend, with a domestic total reaching more than $62 million.

Overseas, “Thor: The Dark World” earned $109.4 million in its first international weekend. The superhero sequel opens domestically next weekend.

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The plot of the original books revolves around children who are trained in military arts in what Card calls "Battle School." He says the new sequels will build off that idea, but in a postwar period.

"It’s about what happens to Battle School after the International Fleet loses its purpose of war," Card said in a video posted to the Southern Virginia University YouTube account.

A "fleet school" will form and prepare kids to be "commanders [and] explorers in the colonies that are going to be forming."

While the books have been popular with science-fiction readers, Card has drawn criticism for his views on homosexuality, which have been called anti-gay. In the lead-up to the film release of "Ender’s Game," Card was conspicuously absent from press events — and even the movie’s premiere — as promoters sought to distance themselves from the author.

Card is a devout Mormon and a professor at Southern Virginia University, an institution that provides an "undergraduate, liberal arts education in a Latter-day Saint environment," according to its website.

He didn’t offer a timeline for release of the new books.

In the video, Card also mentioned the upcoming release of "Ender’s Game: Alive," a six-hour audioplay that retells the story featuring voice actors and no narration.

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