Everybody knows that short stories are where science fiction writers really get to experiment, and the most perfect pieces of narrative often happen at shorter lengths. But we also love to explore a world at the length of a whole book. So that makes the "fix-up" the best of both worlds, right?
You can tell a lot about a science fiction book from its first sentence. A truly great first sentence establishes a tone, sticks in your mind, and serves as a little otherworldly koan, confounding your expectations. And maybe freaking your shit a little. Here are our favorite science fiction opening sentences of all…
Sometimes, one culture's hero is another culture's villain — especially if they were on opposite sides of a conflict. Everybody always says that the winners write history, but often both sides have different versions. So which character is either a savior or a butcher, depending on whom you ask?
Most of the time, sequels are at best entertaining, and at worst an affront to the memory of the original. But once in a great while, a sequel comes along that makes you rethink everything you thought you knew about the original story. Here are 12 sequels that pull back and show you the bigger picture.
Put everything Ender on your Kindle for just $17 today, re-read over and over until you forget the movie happened, then listen to the Dashboard Confessional song.
If you watched the third season of Sherlock on PBS, you haven't seen the whole thing. The channel makes edits some for time, some for content, and some to keep people from seeing Sherlock and John enter a gay bar during his bachelor party pub crawl. Luckily, the unedited Sherlock arrives in America tomorrow!
Behold the majesty of the Formics! We've got an exclusive look at the making of Ender's Game, and it shows the film's exceptional creature design like never before. Check out this behind-the-scenes look of the creation of the bug-like aliens including concept art, maquette glimpses and explanations from the creators.
We've all seen movies bomb, but what makes them a flop? Do we just know one when we see it, or is there a way to codify what makes a movie bomb, and by how much.
Ender's Game didn't perform very well at the box office, but that's not going to stop VOD spin offs and potential TV series pitches. Producer Bob Orci even wants to pen an original "teen Ender" spinoff without Orson Scott Card's help. Spoilery talk ahead.
Everybody loves teenage heroes. Grown-ups and teens alike snarf young-adult novels. Katniss is owning the cineplex. But which kind of teen protagonist offers the most escapist bang for your buck? Here's our survey of the 10 types of teen hero, ranked by pure wish-fulfillment.
The post-apocalypse is getting chilly as the winter comes. If you manage to survive whatever vague Armageddon wrecks the world, here's a helpful tip: Make friends with the biggest nerd you can find. He may be annoying, but man, his complete run of Rom: Spaceknight and a Bic lighter will see you through many a cold…
Young-adult science fiction tackles ethics. We think of young-adult novels as a fun ride, or as a vehicle for exploring alienation. But the American Library Association has a great list of YA titles with thought-provoking ethical questions, from Ender's Game to Sherri L. Smith's Orleans.
Even though Ender's Game didn't perform as well as Lionsgate hoped it would, the franchise could get another chance on TV.
There's already speculation about what direction an Ender's Game sequel might go in. The BBC has released details and a run time for the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special. Plus, an answer to the most important question: Will Ichabod ever wear modern clothes on Sleepy Hollow? Spoilers ahead!
If you've always dreamed of seeing the Battle Room on the big screen or want to see an actor who perfectly embodies Ender Wiggin's strategic brilliance, then the film adaptation of Ender's Game has a lot to offer. But in its haste to hurry us to its moral about compassion in times of war, the film glosses over the war…
Both Netflix and Amazon have commissioned science fiction series about eight people who are mysteriously connected, so find out what J. Michael Straczynski and Chris Carter have to say about their respective projects. And we may be seeing a new Addams Family from the writer of The Corpse Bride! Spoilers now!
Yes the Mind Games are in the movie! We spoke with Ender's Game director Gavin Hood on creating the wild Mind Game challenges that hero Ender Wiggin has to pass and what was the most conceptually difficult idea from the book that he was tasked with creating. Hint: it wasn't the Battle Room.
Orson Scott Card will not be seeing any profits from the Ender's Game movie. According to The Wrap, his deal was a straight payment for the movie rights, and that's it. So seeing or boycotting Ender's Game doesn't affect him or his money at all. Just FYI.