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You want to hear what Scott Westerfield (Uglies, Pretties, etc.) has to say about Buffy? Go to Smart Pop.
What about Orson Card’s thoughts on Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe? Smart Pop.
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Strange. Do you see a pattern emerging?
Whether it’s Mad Men, House, Hunger Games, George Martin’s epic fantasies, Halo, True Blood, or Alias, Smart Pop gathers together New York Times bestselling authors, television writers, psychologists, philosophers, and others–folks who love of pop culture and have something worth sharing about it–and asks them to share their insights.
Recently, they’ve been putting together just such a collection on Ender’s Game. It’s called Ender’s World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender’s Game. It’s coming out February 2013. You can read more about it here.
I’m announcing this now because The Man was fortunate enough to be invited to contribute. I love Ender’s Game. LOVE IT. How cool is it that I get to write about it in an anthology edited by the folks at Smart Pop and Card himself? And then get to read what everyone else has to say, including military strategists Colonel Tom Ruby and Captain John Schmitt. As well as the little bits they’ll include on things like why the battle room is the shape it is and why they were recruiting kids.
But I’m also announcing this because in addition to the essays all we Ender-lovers get to write, Smart Pop is also going to include a series of Q&As with Scott Card, and they are currently soliciting the question from readers. FROM YOU. Right now.
You ever wonder about a character or part of the setting or event in Ender’s Game? Ever wanted to know what inspired Card? Ever wanted to ask any question at all about Ender’s Game? Now’s your chance. Just submit you question here: http://www.smartpopbooks.com/ask-orson-scott-card-a-question-about-enders-game/
You can see questions already submitted at Smart Pop’s Tumblr.
From a writer’s pov, I have to tell you that the folks at Smart Pop have been nothing but enjoyable and insightful to work with. I’m looking forward to this book!