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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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The founding of Starways Congress

The Starways Congress has always seemed a bit weak to me- there is no way to enforce their policies without taking decades, as demonstrated in Speaker for the Dead. It was formed sometime after ...
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Why don't the piggies plant a seed when they kill Pipo and Libo?

I recently read Speaker For The Dead for the third time and stumbled across an anomaly (forgive my lack of direct quotes, I had to return the book): Pipo and Libo die in the same ritualistic fashion ...
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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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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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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 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 cries. ...
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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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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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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 from ...
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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, and ...
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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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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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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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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 many ...
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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 what ...
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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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Regional specialties in “Treason”

In Orson Scott Card's Treason, each area of the planet specializes 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 ...