Suggestions for Ender’s Game fans
The movie Ender’s Game, based on the book by Orson Scott Card, is opening this weekend. If you’ve seen it or read it and are looking for some other science fiction books to try, here’s a list for you!
The Old Man’s War series by John Scalzi: This is my top recommendation. Like Ender’s Game, Old Man’s War and its sequels follow a diverse cast of characters as they grapple with the complexities of a strange universe. It’s military-based sci-fi, but it’s smart and interesting sci-fi in much the same way as the Ender books.
The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold: They call it a saga for a reason–there are quite a few books here. But it’s my personal favorite sci-fi series. Miles Vorkosigan, hero of most of the books, is a flawed, wonderful, hilarious character. Bujold has the chops to pull off a long-term series like this one without losing strength or focus. I suggest starting with The Warrior’s Apprentice.
The Foreigner Universe by C.J. Cherryh: These are a bit on the cerebral side. They also feature everything going wrong for a good three-quarters of the book. However, I personally find them fascinating, engaging, and extremely well-written. They should appeal to the Ender’s Game fan who enjoys the philosophical aspect of that story.
Unfortunately, these are older and out of print (but available in Evergreen!), but The Ivory Series by Doris Egan might appeal to the reader who likes it when authors play around with futuristic societies. A bit like Bujold’s world, Ivory features a society that began on Earth but has long ago spread across the stars. There are also plenty of adventures and mysteries. Sadly, there are only three books, but they’re worth reading.