Earth Unaware - Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston

Earth Unaware

By Orson Scott Card & Aaron Johnston

  • Release Date: 2012-07-17
  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Score: 4
From 618 Ratings


A hundred years before Ender's Game, humans thought they were alone in the galaxy. Humanity was slowly making their way out from Earth to the planets and asteroids of the Solar System, exploring and mining and founding colonies.

The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador’s telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it’s hard to know what to make of it. It’s massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

But the ship has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big. There are claim-jumping corporates bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems…not important.

They're wrong. It's the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. This is humanity's first contact with an alien race. The First Formic War is about to begin.

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  • A great read...

    By 8bitme!
    This was a great precursor to the whole thing... Ready for he next in the series..
  • Don't bother until the third book comes out

    By Croakus
    This is a great book, but don't bother reading it until the third one comes out; then plan to read the whole trilogy. The endings of these first two books are huge cliffhangers which will leave you as frustrated and annoyed as I am right now.
  • Earth Unaware

    By Jank50
    For fans of Ender, this is an entertaining prequel that provides a description of how the Formic Wars began. Full of the usual Scott Card logical musings by protagonists - if only our real leaders were that thoughtful. Feasible tech and plausible space flight complexities. A worthwhile read!
  • Marvelous development

    By George P Burdell GMU
    The authors took a few hints and fragments of the solar system before Ender's Game, and turned them into a fabulous story. Or half a story ... we still have a lot of remaining questions that I assume will be answered in the next book. Which I've already bought and am anxious to read.
  • Great story - dumped again

    By Richard Blackwell
    I love OSC but I'm getting tired of great books ending before they are done. This story needed a hundred more pages and a mighty battle before we are just dumped. Crap !
  • A great book for a start

    By Pinkpelt (Sunpelt)
    I think instead of the traditional style of writing of OSC, he has developed his books into more of a series, but I enjoy this way as much as the others. Though I agree the cliff-hanger was slightly disappointing, what is better than a cliff-hanger to keep us waiting? Now that the sequel has also come out, I say this was a great addition to the line of Ender's world.
  • Earth Unaware

    By IC-Eng
    I have been reading sci_fi fifty five of my seventy years. I am a EE with a grounding in stellar mechanics. Scott is thurough In developing the character and places In all his great tales, and introduces a story direction Which drives a turn pager plot that is harder to lay down As one reads deeper into this book. This book must be followed by a sequel or three which I would purchase as soon as it was available. Please keep them coming Scott :-) ICeng
  • Hungry for the next one

    By Meandwhatarmy
    Finished this book brushing my teeth. Couldn't put it down. Really looking forward to the next two!
  • Solid Read

    By cashfreak
    Solid book
  • Wow! Next book please?

    By EVIL VW
    Can't wait for the other books. I sure hope they come out with more in the series. There is a HUGE gap between this and Ender's Game. Hurry up and write them so I can buy them!