Format: Mass Market Paperbound
Dimensions: 384 pages, 15 × 4.22 × 1.06 in
Published: June 15, 1997
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0812522397
ISBN - 13: 9780812522396
Read from the Book
CHILDREN OF THE MIND (Chapter 1) "I''M NOT MYSELF" "Mother. Father. Did I do it right?" The last words of Han Qing-jao, from The God Whispers of Han Qing-jao Si Wang-mu stepped forward. The young man named Peter took her hand and led her into the starship. The door closed behind them. Wang-mu sat down on one of the swiveling chairs inside the small metal-walled room. She looked around, expecting to see something strange and new. Except for the metal walls, it could have been any office on the world of Path. Clean, but not fastidiously so. Furnished, in a utilitarian way. She had seen holos of ships in flight: the smoothly streamlined fighters and shuttles that dipped into and out of the atmosphere; the vast rounded structures of the starships that accelerated as near to the speed of light as matter could get. On the one hand, the sharp power of a needle; on the other, the massive power of a sledgehammer. But here in this room, no power at all. Just a room. Where was the pilot? There must be a pilot, for the young man who sat across the room from her, murmuring to his computer, could hardly be controlling a starship capable of the feat of traveling faster than light. And yet that must have been precisely what he was doing, for there were no other doors that might lead to other rooms. The starship had looked small from the outside; this room obviously used all the space that it contained. There in the corner were the batteries that stored energy from the solar collectors on the
From the Publisher
The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: the Pequeninos; a large colony of humans; and the Hive Queen, brought there by Ender. But once against the human race has grown fearful; the Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania.
Jane, the evolved computer intelligence, can save the three sentient races of Lusitania. She has learned how to move ships outside the universe, and then instantly back to a different world, abolishing the light-speed limit. But it takes all the processing power available to her, and the Starways Congress is shutting down the Net, world by world.
Soon Jane will not be able to move the ships. Ender''s children must save her if they are to save themselves.
Children of the Mind is the fourth book in Orson Scott Card''s Ender Quintet.
About the Author
Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender''s Game and it''s many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender''s Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers". Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card''s first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign , and the novelet version of "Ender''s Game" in the August issue of Analog . The novel-length version of Ender''s Game , published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers'' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University. He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker"
From Our Editors
The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species brought there by Ender. Once again, the Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania. Jane, the evolved computer intelligence, can save the three races of Lusitania. She has learned how to send the races to different worlds, but soon Jane will not be able to move the ships. Now, Ender's children must save Jane if they are to save themselves
This is a worthy ending to what might be styled a saga of the ethical evolution of humanity, a concept seldom attempted before and never realized with the success Card achieved here.