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There was never any doubt in the mind of the Formic Queens that humanity had an intelligence, they simply didn't understand that all humans, individually, had intelligence and individuality. Formic society was extremely limited, consisting of a very small number of queens, who each commanded thousands or millions of drones. Those drones were part of the ...


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Novel Series The source novel is pretty clear on the sequence of events. When Ender arrives on Eros, he's placed into a flight simulator and learns how to control a single fighter until he reaches a point where he's effectively mastered the simulation. This takes approximately one month. "Is that all the simulator does?" [said Ender] "Is what all?" ...


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The home planet was the farthest one away (or one of them anyways). They took the longest to reach the planet. Newer ships were sent to closer planets, so they had better technology, more fighters, etc. "And the ships have been traveling for seventy years--" "Some of them. and some for thirty years, and some for twenty. We make better ships now. We'...


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It was more about the social structure and the zero-G aspect than about the physical combat The purpose of Battle school was to build social/leadership skills and to identify who was better fit for command. Their performance in Battle School was what determined whether they advanced to Navigation, Combat, or Pre-Command school. "Yeah, funny, but no ...


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In short: Battle School is a more effective, versatile, and multi-functional teaching tool. Why not just have them play EVE Online or something that is already a computer simulation... Command School is actually very close to what you're describing: it was indeed all about playing a simulated spaceship combat game to develop their grasp of tactics and ...


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Yes. He saw videos of the fights and the aftermath. And there was the matter of the court martial on the crimes of Colonel Graff. Admiral Chamrajnagar tried to keep Ender from watching it, but failed -- Ender had been awarded the rank of admiral, too, and this was one of the few times he asserted the privileges the rank implied. So he watched the videos of ...


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In-universe, the two are very much linked. I'm going to use passages from the novel, because even though many of the relevant passages exist in the film, some of the nuance is lost or truncated. Ender was chosen by the International Fleet for Battle School because of how he handled the bully. I can't find the exact wording from the movie script, but the ...


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=Late Answer= OK, I knew that I wasn't being silly not to trust that lying bastard Graff!!! Card actually explained the real reason eventually, and I bumped into it when re-reading Shadow of the Giant. In conversation between Peter Wiggin and Mazer Rakham, Mazer finally owns up to the real reason: Peter was not "too aggressive" Peter was not a good fit ...


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The book Ender in Exile confirms that "Ender" is just a nickname, and not a middle name. My name is Andrew Wiggin, but I have usually been called by my childhood nickname, Ender. Andrew Wiggin goes by the name "Ender" because that was what his older sister called him growing up. From a similar scene in the original Ender's Game book (...


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In Teacher's Pest, Ender's father proposes that the population controls are designed to ensure that the Hegemony is never such a comfortable yoke that it will endure past the end of the Formic Wars. "I can tell them right now that population controls are about as stupid a move as they could make." "Depending on the goal," said John Paul. She ...


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I believe you are right to question the Hive Queen's story. The first formic war could be chalked up to a misunderstanding by a terraforming crew, but the second invasion was war. We can't really know if they thought they were killing sentient beings or just drones, but we do know one thing - The Hive Queens lie. In Shadows in Flight, Bean's children This ...


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The difference is, in my view, what Bean calls "the essence of hero" which can be seen in Ender and not in Peter. One person is not enough to win the war: Beyond a single very intelligent boy, the IF needed a charismatic leader. A genius tactician who can relate to people, generate emulation around him, build his "jeesh" (clan). Someone who also takes his ...


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I don't have the book handy to specifically check this, but... Enderverse lists Rackham as Half-Maori while Wikipedia says Mazer Rackham is described in the book as a half-Maori New Zealander This article confirms that the tattoos are meant to be Maori. So while the book does not seem to ever actually specifically say that he has such tattoos, they DO ...


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While the accepted answer was somewhat correct (one of the 2 reasons was indeed the fact that you could "fool" a child into thinking they had been playing a game, so that they would be able to make the necessary tactical sacrifices without worrying about losing men they command; and not carry around the psychological burden of "what if we lose&...


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The picture used as the cover for 'Speaker for the Dead' is called "The Age of Pussyfoot". It was drawn by monumental space artist Jon Harris in 1969 and the title very closely mirrors a book by Frederick Pohl called "The Age of the Pussyfoot". The image was created as a bespoke image for the Pohl book, then simply re-used as a stock cover image for OSC's '...


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Yes, it seems to be added just for the movie. I just searched a digital version of the novel. Although the name "Rackham" appears 40 times, the word "tattoo" appears zero times. Here's how Rackham is described the first time Ender meets him: He looked to be about sixty, by far the oldest man Ender had seen on Eros. He had a day's growth of white ...


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Using only Ender's Game as reference. Oh yeah, also ... GIGANTIC SPOILERS HERE Sadly, I do not have a copy of the book to hand, but it is made clear that the transport ships that brought the fighters survive. Ender notes after [spoiler] explodes that those ships are still floating "at the very periphery of the simulator". He even makes a point ...


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The International Fleet needed four traits in their commander: Strategic and tactical genius Empathy Self-preservative instinct Naïveté Strategic and tactical genius: Not only necessary for the most obvious reason, but also because it would garner trust from the commander's army. Empathy: The commander would have to be able to understand the Buggers' ...


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*******. SPOILERS AHEAD ******* The book explains it very clearly - the "Game" in the title, while referring to many things, mainly refers to the fact that Ender — while fighting real battles — thought he was merely fighting in a simulator game. He was only told that he destroyed the Formics once he won the last battle. Graff and Mazer explain it to him ...


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This is from the second book in the original series, Speaker for the Dead. Andrew is speaking to his students about Valentine's latest work of philosophy; "A History of Wutan in Trondheim by Demonsthenes" The full quote is Plikt closed her eyes. “The Nordic language recognizes four orders of foreignness. The first is the otherlander, or utlänning, the ...


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The International Fleet was dispatched long before the book starts, and was sent to many different planets Immediately after the second invasion, the IF began sending out ships, timed so that they would all reach their destination at the same time. It is this fast approaching time window that Mazer was referring to. Ender tried to grasp the amounts of time ...


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The military needed a mad genius to direct the fleet, and they didn't know in advance how to detect this quality in their trainees. Computer simulations are limited by their programming and by the biases of the programmers. The real environment of the zero-gravity games gave the trainees practice in visualizing three-dimensional movement and allowed Ender ...


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UPDATED WITH NEW CHART, SHOULD BE ACCURATE AS OF 2020 In general, the books assume that you've read everything previously released. The nomenclature also evolved throughout the series, and going out of publication order will lessen one's reading experience. This doesn't matter as much regarding the short stories, but should ideally be followed regarding the ...


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Yes. He addressed it a couple of times (including on Hatrack forums, and in Afterword to Ender in Exile) TL;DR: They exist, and he fully acknowledges them They result because he doesn't always bother re-reading past works, and because his works are complex In his opinion, they are mostly minor and/or irrelevant to the point of the Story. He intends to fix ...


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It has been the habit to send naval messages in all caps. It is just 2013 that US has began the process to stop this. US Navy ends dependence on capitalised communications At press time it was estimated it be 2015 before the change could be fully tested.


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Ender eventually figured out that the Formics - intentionally - pulled all of their queens (aside from the designated successor on what would become Sheakspeare colony) to their home planet. Basically, they committed "suicide by Ender". I don't recall any mention of IF knowing this at all. They just wanted to wipe out as many Buggers as they could (...


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The Wiki speculates that stars are held in place magnetically. I don't believe it is ever specifically stated, but I believe that the stars are most likely held in place by the same technology that allows the Commander's Hooks to function. The Hooks allow the army commander to move freely throughout the Battle Room during practices, and also allows the ...


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No. JKR has been especially careful over the years not to mention any "key influences", mostly sticking to the argument that her work is a work of new fiction, entirely divorced from others. "The question you are most frequently asked as an author is: "Where do you get your ideas from?" I find it very frustrating because, speaking personally, I haven'...


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According to this CraveOnline interview with the film's director, Gavin Hood, the decision to remove the offending word from the screenplay was taken by Card himself, after he supposedly had a change of heart regarding the possible upset that his choice of name could cause: Q. Was it your decision to never refer to the Formics as “Buggers” in the movie? ...


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In both the movie and the book, Ender spends quite a lot of time playing a fantasy game (though the book goes into a lot more detail). In the book, the game is described as a highly sophisticated psychological analysis engine. The giant scenario is meant to screen out suicidal tendencies; the cadets are supposed to stop coming back after a while. Ender's ...


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