Speaker for the Dead (Ender Quintet Book 2) (English Edition) Kindle电子书
“The most powerful work Card has produced. Speaker not only completes Ender's Game, it transcends it.” ―Fantasy Review
“The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games and psychology.” ―USA Today
“A well-presented audio novel, this is one to enjoy with your feet up and a cap of tea or coffee. Don't have any other distractions. The results will be rewarding.” ―Stephen Hunt's SFCrowsNest.com--此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it's many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers".
Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.
The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.
Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.
Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card. He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.
Stefan Rudnicki was born in Poland and now resides in Studio City, California. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, and has participated in more than a thousand as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He is a recipient of multiple Audie Awards and AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as a Grammy Award as an audiobook producer. Along with casts of other narrators, Stefan has read a number of Orson Scott Card's best-selling science fiction novels, published by Macmillan Audio. In reviewing the 20th anniversary edition audiobook of Card's Ender's Game, Publishers Weekly stated, "Card's phenomenal emotional depth comes through in the quiet, carefully paced speech of each performer...In particular, Rudnicki, with his lulling, sonorous voice, does a fine job articulating Ender's inner struggle between the kind, peaceful boy he wants to be and the savage, violent actions he is frequently forced to take. This is a wonderful way to experience Card's best-known and most celebrated work, both for longtime fans and for newcomers."
David Birney has read a number of works for Theatreworks, NPR Playhouse and BBC dramatic recordings, including The Diary of Anne Frank, Star Wars, and Julius Caesar. His audiobook credits include narrating several Orson Scott Card books as well as reading for many AudioFile Earphones Award winning titles. Birney is also an award-winning actor and director. He has starred in many television films, among them Love and Betrayal, Long Journey Home, The Deadly Game, High Midnight, and The Champions. His extensive stage credits include starring roles on Broadway and major roles at the American Shakespeare Festival, New York's Lincoln Center Repertory Theatre, the New York Shakespeare Festival, Los Angeles' Mark Taper Forum, Washington, D.C.'s Shakespeare Theatre and numerous regional theatres.--此文字指其他 kindle_edition 版本。
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Reader's note; it gets off to a slow start, but the events that drive the story don't really begin in earnest until about chapter two, so get through the first few chapters and soon you'll be drowning in so much delicious tea that you won't be able to put it down! Just make sure that you've read Ender's Game beforehand, as it is another excellent book and kind of necessary to understand the setting and background of this book.
+ Unique alien creatures and lanscape. The interactions between the creatures and various species on the planet was interesting.
+ Characters/Dilemmas: Each character is given a specific plot conflict/dilemma. Each grows and is addressed throughout the book
- The book is written at a higher level. It isn't as focused on the character level. This makes it slightly more difficult to relate too.
In "Ender's Game," most of the book is devoted to Ender's time in the Battle School. What we read about there is Ender's transition from little boy on Earth, a Third who experiences a difficult life on a planet experiencing societal difficulties, going off to train in the business of war. While it is an arduous physical journey for Ender, and he does have some difficulty with psychological issues such as separation from family, learning how to compromise his ethics in order to survive, and learning how to lead other people, those psychological issues seemed secondary for much of the book. Only at the end of the first story are we introduced with the psychological significance of what Ender was compelled to do.
That is why I do not understand the apparent lack of people making the transition over to this, the follow-up. All of the big questions seemed to hang out there, dangling like a teaser at the end. How could anyone not continue on to see how Ender would cope with his xenocide, especially since it is revealed at the end of that book that a hive queen survived and was communicating with Ender? How could they not continue on to see how his colony had turned out, how humanity had turned out after moving forward from the society Peter had left behind?
All of these important questions are explored in "Speaker for the Dead," and they are handled really well. The concept of a Speaker for the Dead is fascinating, especially in the context of Ender's story. Here is a boy who was essentially tricked into killing off an entire intelligent species, just to find that he had an opportunity for redemption. First Ender writes the Hive Queen and the Hegemon, turning his own name into an epithet. The humanity that once loved him as their savior has turned their back on him, casting him off as the personification of evil. Later this redemption continues as Ender takes on the role of Speaker, teaching people that, as is explained in the book, good and evil both exist in the same heart. He essentially primes people for understanding what he did, his actions and his motivations, hoping that one day he would earn his redemption. "Here is the good, here is the bad. No judgement. Just the truth."
At first the fast forward three thousand years into the future seems ridiculous, but as the book continues it begins to make more sense. We get to see a society that seems to have taken Ender's lessons in the Hive Queen and the Hegemon to heart, but as we learn in the book humanity only seems to have learned that lesson because it was convenient. The true test comes when they encounter another sentient species. Ender has changed, but has humanity really changed, even after three thousand years?
In this book humanity gets another chance, this time with the benefit of hindsight. Will they repeat their mistakes, or learn from them and handle things better this time around? That is one of the central questions that is answered in this book. The answer is made clear by the end of this book, so I will not spoil it in my review.
The concept of the Hierarchy of Foreignness is also fascinating. Anyone who has spent any time considering interaction with other species will be compelled by this story. I know people of my generation have seen Cosmos, and likely remember the scene where Carl Sagan discusses the problems we would face when interacting with alien intelligent life. To paraphrase: "We can't even interact with the other intelligent life on our own planet." And then closer to today we have Stephen Hawking's speculation on how alien races would treat us if they encountered us first. Anyone who has seen these things and engaged in any thought experiment will be compelled by this story as they read about individuals and a society struggle with determining where the piggies and buggers fall on this hierarchy.
Maybe because we live in a time with no space operas on television, young people are not drawn to these ethical questions as much as those of us who grew up on shows like Star Trek. We watched stories about humanity struggling against its worst impulses to be the people that they wanted to be. So reading such a story seems pretty natural, and darn entertaining. That is why I find "Speaker for the Dead" so much more compelling than "Ender's Game." It is also why I find the reviews bemoaning the lack of "action" of the first book. Ender does not need to cave a Bonzo's nose into his brain in every book in order for significant, compelling action to have taken place. "Speaker for the Dead" has actions in spades, as complex characters evolve and change in response to the events that they encounter. You should not be disappointed by this book.