Science-fiction and fantasy author. Best known for the Ender and Shadow series of science-fiction books and the Alvin Maker series of alternate history books.

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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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Where do the Mother Trees came from?

Warning: this question is a significant spoiler to the "Speaker of the dead"! Lets talk about sex. No, not the ordinary one but that of the Pequeninos (Piggies) from the Enderverse, which have a ...
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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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How does Param keep from falling through the ground while phasing?

There's a character in Orson Scott Card's novel Pathfinder who is able to go invisible by travelling forward in time in tiny intervals (i.e. she goes 5 nanoseconds into the future, stays for 1 ...
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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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Does “planting” have any biological impact on the Pequeninos (piggies) lifecycle?

I wonder if "planting" has any biological impact on the Piggies life-cycle, or if it is a ritual to honor Piggies in their society. I know that Piggies have 3 lives: The first-life: tiny piggies ...
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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, ...
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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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At the end of Orson Scott Card's “The Polish Boy,” what does Graff mean by his reply?

At the end of Orson Scott Card’s short story The Polish Boy, Captain Rudolph says: What does he mean by that? Is he referring to Or is he referring to something deeper, something else?
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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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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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When Rigg interrupts his “past” self, why doesn't his current/“future” self disappear?

Spoilers-ahoy on this one! In the Pathfinder series of books by Orson Scott Card: In Runes, the second book, there are a couple instances where this happens in particular: (This is consistent ...
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Etymology of “raman”

The Demosthenes hiearchy of exclusion goes Utlanning, Framling, Raman, Varelse, Djur. Of these, U, F, V and D are recognizable as Swedish words: Utlanning from Utlänning ("foreigner"). Framling ...
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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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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 can sound travel Outside in Xenocide, Children of the Mind?

In the end of Xenocide, So how can they communicate with each other? Note: I have an answer to this which I will post.
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Why was Starways Congress fooled in the beginning of Xenocide?

Near the beginning of Xenocide, Later, it is implied that So, if you send an order, and right after your communication gets cut off, don't you realize something's tracking your ansibles? If I'm ...
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When did the piggies learn about the Demosthenian Hierarchy of Exclusion

In the beginning of chapter 4 of Speaker for the Dead, in Pipo's notes it says this : As for what they call us, they do use human, of course, but they have also taken to using the new Demosthenian ...
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How old was Ender objectively at the start of Speaker for the Dead

In Chapter 2 of Speaker, it says this After all, the Bugger Wars were more than three thousand years ago; it was now the year 1948 SC, counting from the year the Starways Code was established, ...
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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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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 books (Shadow ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...