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:

  1. The planet (Earth? Bugger home planet? Ender's World?)
  2. Big artificial satellite (Battle School? Eros? Something else?)
  3. Small, yellow ship. (Shuttle to/from battle school? Fighter in third invasion? Colony ship?)
  4. Dots in space (ships? coordinates?)

Any ideas? Is it even one scene or is it just several stuff collaged together?

Ender's Game cover


The cover picture is a ripoff from the cover of the book Drunkard's Walk by Frederick Pohl:

pohl cover

The artwork is by the artist John Harris, and its title is also Drunkard's Walk. It appears on Harris's website here; see also here. So it's unlikely that the items in the picture are meant to denote anything from Ender's Game, maybe not even anything specific - it's probably just intended as a generic 'scifi' scene.

Here's the picture on its own, not as the cover of any book:


  • Wow, I love how the stolen graphic matches perfectly the "Author's definitive edition" sign.
    – Yasskier
    Nov 24 '15 at 0:06
  • @DVK Beat you to this one :-)
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 24 '15 at 0:11
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    @randal'thor - the question is IIRC a duplicate. Nov 24 '15 at 0:47
  • @DVK So I discovered after posting this answer. I've refrained from VTCing since apparently doing so would get me disapproval and downvotes on my answer.
    – Rand al'Thor
    Nov 24 '15 at 0:53

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