"A CHILD-REARING GUIDE": ENDER'S GAME, INSCRIBED BY ORSON SCOTT CARD
CARD, Orson Scott. Ender's Game. (New York): Tor, (1985). Octavo, original half navy cloth, original dust jacket.
First edition of the provocative first book in Card's science-fiction "Ender Saga," winner of both the Nebula and Hugo awards, inscribed on the half title, "to Stanley—A child-rearing guide—Orson Scott Card, 2 Sep 1989."
The story of young Ender Wiggins, recruited by the military and trained through war games to fight insect-like aliens known as "buggers," was Card's break-out novel. Card "exploded onto the science fiction scene with his first published story, 'Ender's Game' for Analog in 1977… [It] served as the germ for the Ender series, the first two volumes of which, published [in] 1985 and 1986… clearly established [Card] as one of the two or three dominant figures of recent science fiction… The Ender saga stands as one of the very few serious moral tales set among the stars" (Clute & Nicholls, 194-95). "A sophisticated power fantasy. Grimly fascinating" (Anatomy of Wonder II-217). Winner of the 1985 Nebula Award and the 1986 Hugo Award for best novel; the volume's sequel, Speaker for the Dead, also won both awards.
Dust jacket with tiny crease to upper corner of rear flap. A fine inscribed copy.