A few weeks ago NPR released a reader nominated and voted upon list of the top 100 science-fiction, fantasy books. In looking at the list, I noted that I had read 6 out of the top 10 and 23 out of the full 100. Not too shabby for someone who has been outside the genre for the last decade…
In looking closer at the list, I noticed that the third book was one I had never read (LOTR was #1 with Douglas Adams’ “The Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy” in second place). Waning to round out my numbers a bit, I decided to read “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card (besides my local library had an audio copy!).
And wow was it good!
Card had all the elements of a world class book (which is why it won a butch of awards). Unlike a lot of sci-fi writers, Card focused on the story and the characters with the technology being secondary, existing only to help foster or move the story along. This dynamic created a world into which you are immersed.
Don’t get me wrong, the technology in the book was crazy good – especially if you consider the publication date (1985). Several of the things he foresee and forecasts in “Ender’s Game” has become reality now! That, my friends, is sci-fi!!
So do yourself a favor, grab a cold drink, find a soft chair and curl up tonight with “Ender’s Game.”
As far as myself, I’m off to find the sequel, “Speaker for the Dead.” 😀