The first in a series of science fiction novels by Orson Scott Card. A child prodigy is trained nearly from birth to defend mankind from a formidable alien enemy

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Ender's apparent lack of impact in Novinha's family

The whole saga is based on the powers of Ender in dealing with relationships, influencing people to better them and how much of an impact Ender has on people(supreme commander and all). That's the ...
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Possible conflict with Ender's Game and Earth Unaware

I could be wrong, it's been a while since I read Ender's Game completely, but didn't they say that we first knew of the Formics because of an attack on a family miner's ship? This is covered in Earth ...
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Why didn't the Formics recognize us as sentient beings?

Why didn't the Buggers/Formics recognize us as sentient beings? I know that they recognize sentience as having a "Hive Mind" and as we didn't communicate with them in their way(mind to mind) they ...
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How was Jane able to communicate with the Hive Queen?

In Xenocide, Ender visits the Hive Queen with Miro and Valentine. At one point in Ender's conversation with the Hive Queen Jane accuses him of cheating, because she can't hear the Hive Queen's ...
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Original Ender's Game victory vs later editions

I read Ender's game a couple times many years ago -- likely from the original 1985 book. After viewing the movie I recently reread the book from a later edition and was surprised to find one part ...
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In the movie version of Ender's Game, Col. Graff's computer shows a very short time until the end of Ender's training [duplicate]

In the movie version of Ender's Game, there is a scene where Col. Graff is in his office, and they show a big HUD with all sorts of data - including This implies a much more rapid and accelerated ...
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Is there an official word from Card about reading order of the “Formic Wars” prequel series?

This question covered the reading order of main Ender books (EG, Shadows and Lusitaina). But the "word of god" authoritative answer cited there from Card FAQ does NOT take into account the new Formic ...
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How were the Buggers able replicate the Battle School game world on Eros?

I just finished reading Ender's Game, and I'm about to start Speaker of the Dead tonight. Sadly, I waited until after watching the motion picture before reading the book. I wish I would've listened to ...
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What is the Speaker for the Dead cover depicting?

To me, it seems that whatever is on the cover of Speaker for the Dead--it appears to be a docking location for starships--is entirely unrelated to the story. Am I missing something? Is it depicting ...
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How come Jane's Aiúa doesn't need to be on the new starships anymore?

I'm reading Children of the Mind right now, and when I read, That seems to imply that Jane doesn't need Ender or young Val or Peter on the ship in order to transport it, but in Xenocide we learned ...
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How do stars stay in position in the Battle Room?

The Battle Room is near-zero gravity environment where war games are conducted. Inside the area are large obstacles called "stars." Soldiers use these stars as cover, and also for launching off of. ...
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Why don't all Battle School children get monitors?

Ender gets a monitor for several years before he is accepted to Battle School. I don't recall anyone else in Battle School that it's mentioned that had a monitor before they got accepted. Are any ...
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Is it known in what year(s) the plot of Ender's Game takes place?

I just finished listening to the Ender's Game audiobook and I'm currently listening to Speaker of the Dead. It's pretty clear that the story takes place in the future but is it known when exactly? I ...
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What was the timeframe which the Ender's Game movie took place within?

The book and the movie for Ender's Game each appear to work within very different timeframes. The book started when Ender was six and appears to have continued for a span of five to seven years. In ...
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Would Graff accept Peter and Valentine to Battle School if they weren't Wiggins?

Would Graff accept Peter and Valentine to Battle School if they weren't Wiggins? We know that he didn't accept them as is because they weren't "Goldilocks" Wiggin - Valentine wasn't aggressive ...
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Which categories of information were battle school teachers most interested in gaining about students via the Fantasy Game?

In Ender's Game, its broadly known that the Fantasy Game was used by the Battle School faculty to gain information about students as they undergo training, and that the faculty is looking for the ...
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Which of these Enderverse characters died first?

In Shadow of the Giant Peter sends an email to Valentine noting Graff's and Rackham's deaths: However, in Ender in Exile Graff sends Ender an email including this: So who really outlived whom ...
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How could Bean not know this in Shadow Puppets

From Shadow Puppets: "Yes, yes," said Anton, "so I gleaned from Sister Carlotta, God rest her soul. But why did you, and you alone, sneak out of your bed and go into the bathroom and hide in such ...
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Why was the I.F. in a rush?

In the Ender's game movie, Ender is told near the end that that Is this reason for the I.F. rush backed up by the book? I seem to remember that the rush was because the ships were about to get to ...
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Who was the smartest of the Wiggins

To be clear: I'm only referring to John Paul (Father), Theresa (Mother), Peter, Valentine, and Ender. Who has what we would call the highest "I.Q"? I'd much prefer an official quote from the books or ...
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What is the relationship between First Formics War Marvel comics and Card/Johnston prequel books?

What is the relationship between First Formics War Marvel comics (Formic Wars: Burning Earth and on) and Card/Johnston prequel book trilogy (Earth Unaware, Earth Afire and Earth Awakens)? From rough ...
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Is there any information available about Mazer Rackham's past?

Mazer Rackham won the Second Invasion for humanity, and it's been said by some sources that he is half Māori. Is there any other information about Mazer Rackham's experiences and origins prior to his ...
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Why is Ender so shocked at the end?

I've just watched the Ender's Game movie, I've not read the book though. At the end of the graduation simulation, why is Ender so shocked? Surely he knew that once he graduated his purpose was to ...
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How did the I.F. know where the Formic world was after the Second Invasion?

In Ender's game, right after the Second Invasion, the International Fleet's main secret strategy was However, how did they know where that was? Remember, it was dozens of light years away, and even ...
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What are the differences between Ender's Game Book/Film

So I just watched Ender's Game (as apparently it's out in the UK a week before the US) and there were a few things I noticed were different. Is there a list of differences between the film and book ...
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What ever happened to the Free People Of Earth?

After the Free People of Earth took over almost all of Earth, except for the USA, (I don't recall this, but I read online that there was a war, and the US took over the FPOE), does the book (Shadow of ...
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How is it possible that Abra was 3 “when the colony was founded”?

OK, when I was answering this question ("How to explain the ages of Valentine and Peter in Ender's game"), I posted a quote that now doesn't seem to make any sense to me: He took one of the ...
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In Ender's Game, how was the Third Invasion successful?

In Ender's Game, it's clear that the final battle was the first one staged around a planet: "For this to be a fair test of your ability, not just to do what you have practiced many times, but also ...
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How to explain the ages of Valentine and Peter in Ender's game

In the end of Ender's Game, it says that Valentine was 25 and Peter was 77, which would mean that he was 52 years older than her. However, Valentine was originally only 2 years younger than him. This ...
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Why are all the messages in Ender's game uppercase

I was wondering why every message, letter, etc. in Ender's game has no lowercase letters. Is it just because it was written in the 80's or is there a better reason?
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Were there hints in Card's Shadow series that Ender's parents were genetically enhanced?

All three children are shown to have inherited the intelligence of John Paul and his wife Theresa, though there are hints throughout the Shadow series that they may have also been genetically ...
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Was Ender retrovirally altered?

It's possible, and implied, that Ender may have been retrovirally altered ... (from Aramis's answer to Is Ender genetically-engineered? ) I don't recall any such implications in the books. Was ...
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Does Demosthenes' Hierarchy of Foreignness have a real world root?

In the second Enders Game book Speaker for the Dead the concept of the Hierarchy of Foreignness is described: Utlanning are individuals who are of the same species as the subject, and are from a ...
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Is Orson Scott Card adding any more novels to the Ender's Game universe? [closed]

Is Orson Scott Card adding any more novels to the Ender's Game universe? I am still working through them but it seems there are a bunch of chronologically convoluted additions that aren't mentioned ...
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Did Mazer Rackham and Colonel Graff ever speak?

The very start of the latest trailer for the upcoming Ender's Game movie features Mazer Rackham and Colonel Graff sitting across the table from one another: Rackham: He's not ready. Graff: ...
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How does Miro fly to Trondheim without destroying all the ecosystem of the planet with Descolada?

I have only read Ender's Game and the Speaker for the Dead, and did not yet read the other books from the series. So it might be already explained in other books. But I could not find the explanation ...
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Did Mazer Rackham have a tattooed face in Ender's Game book?

The first image of Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackham has surfaced recently : I did not remember him described has having a tattooed face in the book. Is this an addition made to the character ...
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Why do some soldiers wear yellow uniforms?

Here we see the Launchies group with a couple of people dressed in yellow, while the rest are in white. Here we see the mess hall with Ender and Petra in Salamander Army. In the background is a ...
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How did the Hive Queen arrive in Ender's hands?

At the end of Ender's Game, a Hive Queen egg is found by Ender exactly on the planet where he happens to arrive. As far as the rest of the Ender works indicate, this is the only Hive Queen egg found ...
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Do Aiuas in Enderverse have gender?

Looking at this SFF question: Jane's gender in Ender's Game series , the two answers seem to give contradictory statements: they pulled a lady-aiua, as that's what all the Hive Queens are. ...
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How many children did Valentine have in “Speaker” trilogy?

From TVTropes for "Ender's Game": ... (Of course, this is the series that can't make up its mind how many children Valentine actually had.) So, how many children DID Valentine have? If there are ...
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Is there any truth to the rumor that Speaker for the Dead was ghost-written by a committee of Mormons for theological purposes?

I've heard and read from more than one source that Speaker for the Dead is an allegory of Hitler and his crimes against humanity and the Mormon doctrine that claims even sins so great as those are, in ...
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Does the Ender's Mind game ever get explained?

In the third book of the Ender's saga Xenocide, The Bugger Queen explains that the Mind Game program was used as a medium to help make contact with Ender. I don't really need an explanation here, ...
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Is there a reading order of the Enderverse books following Bean's story? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s the recommend reading order of the Ender Wiggin books? I'm not new to the Enderverse, having read Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide and ...
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Did FPE accept subgroups that were NOT geographically compact?

Hegemon Peter Wiggin was (justifiably) proud in that 100% of nations/people that joined Free People of Earth (FPE) did so without any force by FPE, and only after a plebescit to vote in the joining. ...
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Could sub-groups opt OUT of Peter Wiggin's Free People of Earth?

Hegemon Peter Wiggin was (justifiably) proud in that 100% of nations/people that joined Free People of Earth (FPE) did so without any force by FPE, and only after a plebescit to vote in the joining. ...
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How do the two origins of Jane mesh?

There seem to be two independent origin stories of Jane in Enderverse: in Xenocide, it is stated that she was created by the Hive Queens connecting to the Fantasy Game at Battle School. Yet, in ...
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Why didn't Jane tell Ender that her origin was the Fantasy Game when they met?

We learn (in Xenocide and in Shadow of the Giant / First Meetings) that Jane's origins are the Fantasy Game that Ender played in Battle School. Why doesn't Jane reveal that Fantasy Game origin to ...
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Why didn't the IF want Peter Wiggin?

Why didn't the IF want Peter Wiggin? Ender's Game implies that they didn't want him for being too violent/aggressive (I believe the quote from Graff was something like "doesn't know half the time if ...
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Best Order to Read “Ender's Game” Series [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the recommend reading order of the Ender Wiggin books? Having only read the first novel, I was about to read "Speaker for the Dead" but realized there were ...