The first in a series of science fiction novels by Orson Scott Card as well as a 2013 movie of the same name. A child prodigy is trained nearly from birth to defend mankind from a formidable alien enemy.

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Help finding a passage from one of the Ender Wiggin books

In one of the books in the Ender Wiggin series, a character is using a computer that is dynamically changing to accommodate his physical disabilities. The passage describes in some detail how the ...
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How old is Hyrum Graff?

I read The Polish Boy (part of First Meetings) by Orson Scott Card, which is located in the Ender universe. It tells us that Graff tried to recruit Ender's father John Paul Wiggin, who was only 5 ...
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How old is Han?

I'm not sure if his age was ever made clear. I think there is a spin-off about him, but I'm not so sure as to how it relates to the main narrative. How old is Han Tzu aka "Hot Soup" in Ender's Game? ...
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Are Formic queens the only fertile females?

We know that Formics supposed to be similar to our ants, which have only one fertile female - the queen - that is a mother to the whole swarm. Is the same true to the Formics as well? I remember that ...
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Do Buggers go to heaven?

Orson Scott Card is a Mormon. Has he ever explained the status of Formics/Buggers in terms of having souls, going to heaven/hell, or any other aspect of how they fit into his religion?
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Ender's Game Series - IF Common/Starcommon Rules

Does anyone know the rules for how the language "Common" differs from American English? If I remember correctly, there are a few rules given in Ender in Exile like at least one of our letters is ...
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What is Orson Scott Card's position on discrepancies between various Enderverse books?

It's well known that there are many discrepancies between various books in Orson Scott Card's Enderverse. Did Card ever address those inconsistencies and discrepancies?
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When was Eros used by the Buggers?

From Ender's Game: Ender, look around you. Human beings didn't carve this place. We like taller ceilings, for one thing. This was the buggers' advance post in the First Invasion. They carved this ...
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Why does Pol Slattery switch Armies after becoming a commander?

When Ender first encounters Pol Slattery, he is in command of Leopard Army. The enemy was Leopard Army. It would be easy. Leopard was new, and it was always in the bottom quarter in the standings. ...
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How many armies are there in Battle School?

Ender encounters many different armies during his stay at battle school. Is there ever any indication of the number of Armies at Battle school? How many armies were there in Battle School?
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At which point in time did Ender start using the video room to study Bugger tactics?

Ender is said to have started using the video room for tactics after Dragon Army's seventh battle. At the end of the week Dragon Army had fought seven battles in seven days. The score stood 7 wins ...
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Why does Bean think that Ender grew up in Greensboro?

In several places in Shadow of the Hegemon, Bean asserts that Ender grew up in Greensboro. "We'll buy you new clothes in Greensboro," said Sister Carlotta. Greensboro. "The place where Ender ...
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Why does Ender think Bonzo was the one who had made Ender jump through the gate immediately?

When Ender is observing Rabbit Army's instantaneous emergence from their gate during Dragon Army's their first battle, he thinks to himself that this was learned from when Bonzo Madrid had done this ...
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What is the cover of the Ender's Game depicting? [duplicate]

I'm asking about the main cover used by the novel (found on most of the 1985 and 1991 editions), not about the movie tie-in cover. The four individual items that I notice: The planet (Earth? Bugger ...
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How did the launch leader usually get the lower bed by the door if there were no extra beds?

When Ender comes into his dormitory he sees that the other nineteen kids in his launch already took their beds leaving only one bed for Ender: The other boys had already chosen their bunks when ...
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How was Ender already 10 while on the lake?

Ender was promoted to commander of Dragon Army, when he was nine and a half. "Content. He's doing well. His mind is keen, his play is excellent. Young as he is. we've never had a boy better ...
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Where did Ender spend his first month of Earthside leave?

We know that he spent his last two months in "the house that Medly's Mist-E-Rub built", between Lake Brandt and a "five-acre private lake". "You said he built the raft. How long has be been here?" ...
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Why does Ender's launch group eat their first meal with everyone else?

The description of Ender's first meal in the Battle School, (as found in Ender's Game) shows them eating their meal at the same time as the rest of the school. Ender even talks to an older kid. (Mick) ...
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What are the things that the title “Ender's Game” refers to?

I am not asking what are all the different works titled "Ender's Game". (If I was asking that then the answer would be: 1977 novella, 1985 novel, and 2013 movie. The comic and audioplay have slightly ...
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Why does Bean get homesick if he didn't have a home?

In Ender's Game (at the end of Chapter 12): Bean wondered about it as he walked back down the corridor to his own bed. The lights went out just as he reached his bunk. He undressed in ...
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Why doesn't Ender have to eat all of his food?

In Ender's Shadow Bean is informed that everyone in Battle Schoold must eat all of their given food: Your portions are scientifically calibrated to meet your dietary needs, and in the future you ...
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Are socks worn in Battle school?

Several passages in War of the Gifts woul imply that socks are worn in Battle School: But even as a joke, it was a gift, wasn't it? Santa Claus was giving gifts all over Battle School within ...
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How was Dink able to be promoted to commander of his own army?

Dink Meeker had finally accepted command and succeeded Rose the Nose in Rat Army's command. But the book later establishes: He wondered which army they'd give him. Three commanders were ...
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Who is the “really small black kid” in Ender's Game?

You might get pushed around. In fact, you will get pushed around. And when you do, don't come crying to me. Got it? This is Battle School, not nursery school." "What are we supposed to do, then?" ...
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Why was Dink changed from being a Christian in the 1991 version of Ender's Game?

Original 1985 text: "That's right, we never cry. Christ, I never thought of that. Nobody ever cries. Revised 1991 text: "That's right, we never cry. I never thought of that. Nobody ever ...
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Why does the I.F. use old ships in the final battle at the Formic homeworld?

In the final battle, the book says: Where are the other, newer ships, which were used in the previous battle? Why does the I.F. use old-fashioned, sluggish ships in such an important battle?
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Why didn't anyone notice the Formic queen?

This part really confused me, so I was wondering if it was better explained in the original book or something. Earlier in the movie, Colonel Graff said that they cleared out all the aliens from the ...
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Why where the aliens called Buggers in the book, but called the Formic in the movie?

I read Ender's Game about a year ago, and saw the movie shorty after. In the book the aliens are always addressed as "Buggers", however in the movie they are always called "The Formic". What was the ...
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The Hive Queen in “Shadows in Flight”

Not sure if I have missed something, but how did the hive queen in the ark which Bean's ship encounters in "Shadows in Flight" die? She was still alive years after her homeworld was blown up by Ender ...
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About Zeck and Ender

Just reread "A War of Gifts" and something about Zeck make me wonder. He just an meat shield (or not at all) to be shoot at in Battle Room - he just fly around and NEVER shoot his weapon It took ...
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Was Ender the only officially sanctioned Third?

Was Ender the only third child whose birth was sanctioned by the Hegemony? Or were there others whose births were also permitted despite the population control laws? Obviously, the question excludes ...
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In Ender's Game, why is having a third child discouraged?

One of my favorite childhood books is Ender's Game. Throughout the book, having a third (and beyond) child is greatly discouraged and frowned upon. Even going as far as the world sanctioning Poland ...
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Why doesn't Bean know about his final son?

We know that Ender found Bean's last child still alive on Ganges, so: Why did Petra not send mail to Bean? Surely, she knows that he's still alive (just few months with him since he left). Why not ...
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How do you choose a gender for your kid in Enders game?

In Enders Game, when Graff is trying to take Ender away, he says: “Peter isn't all bad, you know. He was the best we’d seen in a long time. We asked your parents to choose a daughter next--they ...
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Was the “game” deception necessary for Ender?

The usual line of thinking about "Ender's Game" and the deception of "this is training on simulators" that gave name to the book title is that it was necessary, because the kids could not have handled ...
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Why does Andrew Wiggin introduce himself as Ender?

In the movie Ender's Game, Andrew just got in the program and was on the space ship. He was late and he introduces himself to kid beside him. He introduces himself as "Ender" instead of "Andrew". ...
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Ender's Game simulator real game? [closed]

I have read ender's game almost 6 times now, and apart from the mastery of the entire book, I always get intrigued by the simulator. I know there is probably no such game that is exactly like it, but ...
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Did Orson Scott Card give Petra her own book?

Did the author of the Ender's Game book series give Petra her own book?
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Did JKR ever acknowledge being influenced by “Ender's Game”?

The whole concept seems eerily similar... a young child, groomed to be the main hope to win a war, with no adult support, and deceived about the main point of the struggle. This seems to go well ...
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In Ender's Game, why was Peter considered too violent to commit genocide? [duplicate]

So I just watched Enders Game, great flick, but I'm a little confused. They talk in the movie about how Ender had two older siblings that had the same genius as Ender, but flunked out of the program ...
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Ender's Game: Simulations before the graduation exam

This question is regarding the Ender's Game movie. After Ender returns to Earth and Valentine encourages him to continue, he travels to the former Formic colony on the planet Shakespeare, where he ...
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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 ...