The First Formic War

(Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, Earth Awakens)

by Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston

Series: The First Formic War

This discounted ebundle includes The First Formic War Trilogy by bestselling authors Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston: Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, Earth Awakens

One hundred years before Ender Wiggin decisively defeated the alien formics in Ender’s Game. A pulse-pounding tale of first contact gone horribly wrong.

Ender’s Game opens in the last desperate days of Earth’s war against the implacable insectoid aliens. We are told early on that the Battle School is training generals for the Third Formic War — the war that will end the war; will save the Earth; will finally defeat the Buggers. This is the story of the First Formic Wars, back when 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. Then a ship’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.

Earth Unaware — When mining ship 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. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems…not important.

Earth Afire — Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. That is, until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could organize in time to meet the threat.

Earth Awakens — Politics slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. It's up to Mazer Rackham's squad in China, who have developed a method to destroy the alien landers one by one; and Lem Jukes and his crew on the Moon, who may have the key to destroying the Formic mother ship in orbit.


Books by Orson Scott Card

The Ender Universe

Ender Quintet
#1 Ender’s Game
#2 Ender in Exile
#3 Speaker for the Dead
#4 Xenodice
#5 Children of the Mind

Ender’s Shadow Quintet
#1 Ender’s Shadow
#2 Shadow of the Hegemon
#3 Shadow Puppets
#4 Shadow of the Giant
#5 Shadows in Flight

The Second Formic War (With Aaron Johnston)
#1 The Swarm

Other Books in the Ender Universe
Children of the Fleet
A War of Gifts (novella)
First Meetings (novella)

Other Series
Homecoming
The Mithermages
The Tales of Alvin Maker

At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

  • Tom Doherty Associates; February 2017
  • ISBN: 9780765397416
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  • Title: The First Formic War
  • Series: The First Formic War
  • Author: Orson Scott Card; Aaron Johnston
  • Imprint: Tor Books

About The Author

ORSON SCOTT CARD is the author of the international bestsellers Shadow of the Giant, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Hegemon, and Ender's Shadow, and of the beloved classic of science fiction, Ender's Game, as well as the acclaimed fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

AARON JOHNSTON is the coauthor of the bestselling novels Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, and Earth Awakens. He was also an associate producer on the movie Ender’s Game, wherein he makes an appearance as an officer of the International Fleet. Blink and you’ll miss him. He and his wife are the parents of four children.