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This tag should be used for questions about Orson Scott Card's 1991 novel of the same name.

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How did Quim's death save Lusitania from a holocaust?

In Children of the Mind, Novinha and Ender are having a conversation about Quim's death in Xenocide: Novinha: I even know that now. It's right. It was right for [Quim] to go, and it was even right ...
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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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How can sound travel Outside in Xenocide, Children of the Mind?

In the end of Xenocide, So how can they communicate with each other?
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OCD ritual in "Xenocide"

Re-reading “Xenocide” by Orson Scott Card, I came across this passage where Qing-jao was being tested (or tortured, depending on your point of view) to see if she truly was “spoken to by the gods” - a ...
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Is the "I Ya" myth in Xenocide based on a real Chinese myth?

In Xenocide by Orson Scott Card, Jane tells the myth of I Ya to Qing-jao to ask her if she is a slave similar to the character of this myth. "Remember the story of I Ya, the great cook," ...
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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 ...