Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case. Orson Scott Card.
Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case
Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case
Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case
Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case
Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case
Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case
Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case
Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case
Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case

Ender's Game, a superlative first printing with not only the author's full signature, but also an additional, personal inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor, housed in a custom quarter leather solander case

New York: Tor, 1985. First edition, first printing. Paperback. This is an exceptional, double-signed first edition, first printing of the story that launched Orson Scott Card as a writer and the novel that won him both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Superlative condition, a full signature, and an additional inscription to a science fiction bookstore proprietor make this copy a prize. The title page is boldly signed with Orson Scott Card’s full name in red ink. An additional inscription in three lines on the half-title page reads: “Dan - | A child-rearing guide - | Scott”. The inscription recipient was Daniel “Dan” Breen, an avid collector and proprietor (from 1985-2003) of a science fiction and fantasy bookshop - Second Foundation Bookstore – in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Ender’s Game was published the same year that Breen became the proprietor of Second Foundation. It seems quite likely that Card signed this copy for Breen in his North Carolina shop while on his initial tour promoting Ender’s Game. The book benefits from having been owned from the start by a serious collector. Condition is as-new, the dust jacket crisp with no wear, the binding pristine and pleasingly stiff, as if only opened when signed, the contents bright and entirely unmarked except by the author. Searching for flaws, we note only perhaps a hint of nascent, barely discernible spotting to the otherwise bright and clean page edges. We have not encountered an inscribed copy in better condition. To ensure this copy remains so, it is housed within a custom solander case in quarter navy morocco over royal blue cloth boards and 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. Dan Breen’s bookshop had originally been called “Foundation”; he re-named the store “Second Foundation” in 1985, the year he became the proprietor and Orson Scott Card published Ender’s Game. This convergence proved remarkably apropos to this inscribed copy; 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. Item #005715

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