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Ender’s World is out

The anthology of essays about Ender’s Game I talked about here is now available.  My essay is titled “How It Should Have Ended,” and you can read the beginning over on the SmartPop Books website.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • Introduction: Ender’s World – Orson Scott Card
  • How It Should Have Ended – Eric James Stone
  • The Monster’s Heart – John Brown
  • The Cost of Breaking the Rules – Mary Robinette Kowal
  • Winning and Losing in Ender’s Game – Hilari Bell
  • Parallax Regained – David Lubar, Alison S. Myers
  • Mirror, Mirror – Alethea Kontis
  • Size Matters – Janis Ian
  • Rethinking the Child Hero – Aaron Johnston
  • A Teenless World – Mette Ivie Harrison
  • Ender on Leadership – Colonel Tom Ruby
  • Ender Wiggin, USMC – John F. Schmitt
  • The Price of Our Inheritance – Neal Shusterman
  • If the Formics Love Their Children Too – Ken Scholes
  • Ender’s Game: A Guide to Life – Matt Nix

I reread Ender’s Game for just before writing my essay, and was struck again by what a brilliant book it is.  Obviously, it has really struck a chord with the reading public — last year, 27 years after it first came out, it was the #1 best-selling science fiction book of the year (in print).  If you haven’t read it in a while (or ever) I recommend reading it — and then reading Ender’s World to get some interesting perspectives on it.

Manuscript Tip: How to replace underlining with italics in Microsoft Word

For years, standard manuscript format has held that italics should be indicated by underlining.  So many writers are used to underlining in their manuscripts.  But some editors and agents now prefer to have real italics instead of underlines.  Fortunately, it is possible to use Microsoft Word’s search and replace tool to make the change.  I offered to do this for a friend earlier today, and she emailed me her novel manuscript. Two minutes later, I emailed the manuscript back with all the underlines changed to italics — and that included download and upload time.  But I can’t do that for everyone, so I figured I’d explain the process, step by step.  It looks like a lot of steps, but it’s really not that difficult, and it should all make sense when you look at it.

  1. Open the “Find and Replace” dialog (Ctrl-H)
  2. Click on the “More” button
  3. Click in the “Find what:” box
  4. Click on the “Format” button
  5. Choose “Font…”
  6. From the “Underline style:” pulldown, choose the single thin line
  7. Click “OK”
  8. Under the “Find what:” line, it should now show “Format: Underline”
  9. Click in the “Replace with:” box
  10. Click on the “Format” button
  11. Choose “Font…”
  12. From the “Underline style:” pulldown, choose “(none)”
  13. In the “Font style:” list, choose “Italic”
  14. Click “OK”
  15. Under the “Replace with:” line, it should now show “Format: Font: Italic, No underline”
  16. Click the “Replace All” button
  17. All your underlined words should now be italicized words with no underlining.

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