The Audio Book Club Plays Ender’s Game

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Oct. 11 2013 11:35 AM

The Audio Book Club on Ender’s Game

Our critics discuss the sci-fi classic that will soon be a Hollywood movie.

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This month, Brow Beat editor David Haglund, Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon, and Slate cultural critic Meghan O’Rourke discuss Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game. The sci-fi classic, first published in 1985, will soon become a big-budget Hollywood movie featuring Harrison Ford. How does the book hold up? Is it a good read for adults, or just young adults? And do Card’s notoriously paranoid political views inform the plot? What about his Mormon faith? Will it make for a decent movie?

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Next month we’ll talk about Thomas Pynchon’s fictional take on New York City just before and after Sept. 11, 2001, Bleeding Edge. Read Troy Patterson’s review of the novel, then pick up Bleeding Edge and join us next month for our discussion.

Visit our Audio Book Club archive page for a complete list of the more than 60 books we’ve discussed over the years. Or you can listen to any of our previous club meetings through our iTunes feed.

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Podcast produced by Abdul Rufus and Andy Bowers.

Emily Bazelon is a Slate senior editor and the Truman Capote Fellow at Yale Law School. She is the author of Sticks and Stones.

David Haglund is a senior editor at Slate. He runs Brow Beat, Slate's culture blog. Follow him on Twitter.

Meghan O'Rourke is Slate's culture critic and an advisory editor. She was previously an editor at The New Yorker. The Long Goodbye, a memoir about her mother's death, is now out in paperback.