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