Ender's Game, a jacketed publisher's pre-publication Uncorrected Proof copy, inscribed by the author, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case
Orson Scott Card
Price: 3,700.00 USD
New York: Tor, 1984. This is an inscribed publisher's uncorrected proof copy of the story that launched Orson Scott Card as a writer and the novel that would win him both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Pre-publication status, excellent condition including the dust jacket, and a compelling author's inscription make this copy a prize. This is the only jacketed and inscribed proof copy we have encountered. The title page is boldly inscribed in red ink in three lines: "Stanley - | A child-rearing guide - | Orson Scott Card". The tan card wraps are printed in black only on the front cover with the title and author's name above a centered blurb from Ben Bova above a second blurb from Gene Wolfe. The final three printed lines on the front cover state "A JANUARY HARDCOVER PUBLISHED BY TOR BOOKS | Distributed by St. Martin's Press | ISBN; 0-312-92308-1 $13.95 352 pages". The card wraps are improbably good, square and tight with no toning, no appreciable wear or creasing and only the slightest hint of soiling. The contents are immaculate, with no markings or spotting. This is the only uncorrected proof we have encountered in the dust jacket, which is identical to a first printing jacket apart from having been folded by the publisher to fit the thinner proof copy, resulting in the spine title appearing on the back panel and part of the rear panel being absorbed into the rear flap. The jacket unquestionably accompanied the proof copy, given that the only jacket fold lines are clearly aligned to the proof's smaller thickness. This inscribed and jacketed proof is housed within a custom quarter leather clamshell case in quarter navy blue morocco over royal blue cloth boards featuring rounded spine with raised bands framed by gilt rules, royal blue morocco title labels, gilt rule transitions, and navy paper lining. The navy and royal blue case colors evoke the dust jacket color scheme. Orson Scott Card credits the genesis of his story to an idea that first came to him when he was sixteen years old after having read Asimov's Foundation trilogy. This idea eventually became Card's first published science fiction story, "Ender's Game", in the August 1977 edition of Analog. The story earned Card the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer. But it took until 1985 for the idea to become the fully-fledged novel that won Card both the Nebula Award (1985) and Hugo Award (1986) for best novel. In the tradition of the best of the speculative fiction genre, Ender's Game uses the larger stage afforded by humanity's notional expansion beyond the confines of Earth to question the nature and worth of humanity. In the process, Card upends nearly every comfortable assumption, including the innocence of youth, the strength and basis of friendship, the constraints of kinship, the confines of knowledge and perception, the ethics of survival, and even the relative measure of humanity's humanity. Despite a philosophical and psychological density, Ender's Game does not want for storytelling - a propelling, raw engagement, stunning reveal, and nuanced denouement more than ample to carry the intellectual weight. In an Introduction to a later edition, Card said that "The novel set me, not to dreaming, but to thinking..." It is a measure of the book's depth that it has aroused antipathy nearly equal in intensity to praise. So strong was the story that the sequel, Speaker for the Dead, likewise won both Hugo and Nebula best novel awards, making Card the only author to win both of science fiction's top prizes in consecutive years. Uncorrected Proof.