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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When Rigg interrupts his “past” self, why doesn't his current/“future” self disappear?

Spoilers-ahoy on this one! (I can't use the spoiler tag as it would be applicable to the basically the whole post.) In the Pathfinder series of books by Orson Scott Card, two of the main characters, ...
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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 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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Were there hints in Card's Shadow series that Ender's parents 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 ...
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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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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 ...
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Was Zeck Morgan in Dragon Army?

In A War of Gifts we learn of a soldier named Zeck Morgan who refused to participate in the Battle Room games because he was a conscientious objector. From A War of Gifts: He did nothing to cause ...
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Why was there no debugging output in the mind game that Ender played?

In Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, Ender ends up playing a special computer game extensively and obsessively. The stated purpose of the game is to analyze the students' mind. Yet, the school ...
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What exactly are the proposed influences of “Starship Troopers” on “Ender's Game”?

From "Starship Troopers" Wiki: Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is also thought by many to have been either a direct response to or influenced by Starship Troopers. Card has flatly denied this, ...
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What were the powers of Alvin as a seventh son of a seventh son?

It has been quite awhile since I've read those books, and I may not have even completed them. Lots of people seem to have a "knack" for special abilities in the series, but Alvin (and Calvin) as ...
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Are there any O.S.Card's works that follow what happens to Bean post-“Shadow of the Giant”?

At the end of Orson Scott Card's "Shadow of the Giant", Are there any other works - "Children of the Mind" trilogy, some new books or short stories or Card's published future plans - that detail ...
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Why was the Bugger Queens of Second Invasion so close (in Solar System)?

According to Ender Canon, Mazer Rakham won a Second Formics Invasion by figuring out the pattern and finding and destroying the Bugger Queen's ship. But as we find out later: Formics Queens can ...
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Why didn't other Bugger Queens monitor/take over Second Invasion after Mazer Rakham destroyed the commanding Queen?

According to Ender Canon, Mazer Rakham won a Second Formics Invasion by figuring out the pattern and finding and destroying the Bugger Queen's ship. But as we find out later: There are OTHER Bugger ...
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In Ender's Game, why don't queen buggers need to communicate with one another?

My whole question is a spoiler, here.
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How does the 1991 edition of Ender's Game differ from the 1985 edition?

Can someone please summarize what changed in the 1991 edition of Ender's Game?
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Can I read Orson Scott Card's “Hidden Empire” before “Empire”?

I bought Orson Scott Card's Hidden Empire today at a second-hand store and I just realized that it's actually a sequel. I've read the Ender and Homecoming series by Card, and I know reading them out ...
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How did Ender kill this character?

In Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, one of the characters in the story is killed in a physical confrontation with another one of the characters. It's not clear to me what actually caused the ...
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Is Jane of the Ender series immortal?

In Orson Scott Card's Ender series (Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind), is Jane immortal? Once she moves into her human body, does that mean she will be subject to aging as normal ...
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Is Ender genetically-engineered?

In Ender's Game, is Ender genetically engineered (along with Peter and Valentine) or are they just naturally gifted?
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Jane's gender in Ender's Game series

Is there any reason Jane chose a feminine persona for herself?
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What's happening with the Ender's Game movie? [closed]

* UPDATE: Movie is out in theaters as of 2013 * I'm not asking for rumor here, but verifiable fact. Anyone know what the status of the Ender's Game movie is? Last I heard it was in something of ...
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Regional specialties in “Treason”

In Orson Scott Card's Treason, each area of the planet specialises in some sort of ability (e.g. the one where the protagonist is from is rapid healing). What are all of the specialties/regions in ...
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What's the recommend reading order of the Ender Wiggin books?

The series that start's with Ender's Game has a parallel series that starts with Ender's Shadow. The graph of the timeline is... well... complicated. Does it make more sense if you read them in ...