Thursday, May 23, 2002
Cinescape says that Ender's Game is going to be made into a movie. This could be really, really good.
Ender's Game is the story of a future in which Earth is engaged in a deadly struggle with an alien civilization about which we know little. On Earth's side, the war is fought largely by children, because only they have the lightning-fast reflexes to pilot the spacecraft of the future.
Spoiler plot summary: Ender is a particularly precocious child, chosen for battle school when he kills (unwittingly) a school bully at the age of, I think, seven. The book follows Ender through battle school and into the actual wars, but Ender is never told that, at a certain point, he's fighting for real. He thinks he's still being trained when, to win the climactic battle against the aliens, he initiates a sequence of attacks which results in the annihilation of the enemy home world, and all the aliens with it. There are a couple of less-good sequels that show how Ender deals with discovering that he's the first person in history to single-handedly annihilate an entire intelligent species.
Anyhow, it's a great sci-fi book. It also features a couple of other genius kids (Ender's siblings) who publish their thoughts on current affairs pseudonymously on what sounds an awful lot like the internet avant la lettre, and wind up effectively controlling the government of Earth through their columns. Kind of the ultimate blogger fantasy.
I look forward to seeing if they translate it successfully to the screen.