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Is anyone else not buying the Buggers' story?

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 ...
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Why does Battle School train kids in physical combat when it's irrelevant to the ultimate goal?

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 ...
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What does Mazer Rackham (Ender's Game) mean when he says that the only teacher is the enemy?

Rackham is exaggerating a bit to make his point, but it boils down to this: Your allies will not think of everything they can do to destroy you because they do not want to destroy you. Your trainers ...
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Why does Battle School train kids in physical combat when it's irrelevant to the ultimate goal?

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 ...
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Did Ender ever learn that he killed those two boys?

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 ...
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Is Ender's attitude shown to be wrong?

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 ...
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What does Ender's Game (the book) teach about strategy?

There are a few sets of tactics that Ender uses to achieve a significant battlefield advantage. They seem applicable to real warfare. "The enemy's gate is down" (I) - Possessing high ground ...
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Is anyone else not buying the Buggers' story?

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 ...
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Did any of the fleet survive the final attack in Enders Game?

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 ...
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Why does Ender Wiggin win all the time if he is always outnumbered, weaker, and physically/materially inferior?

It's because he's a rare tactical genius who can come up with new schemes that are within the given rules, but are tactically novel, and he's ruthless due to his past abuse situation with Peter, which ...
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What does Ender's Game (the book) teach about strategy?

In addition to the military, Ender's Game is a great book for leadership in general. @Valorum made great points about its use in the military, but one thing that applies to both the military and the ...
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Why does Battle School train kids in physical combat when it's irrelevant to the ultimate goal?

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 ...
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Did any of the fleet survive the final attack in Enders Game?

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 ...
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What was the Philosophy from the Ender's Game series about interacting with intelligent alien races?

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 ...
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What does Mazer Rackham (Ender's Game) mean when he says that the only teacher is the enemy?

He's basically saying that there is no experience like the real thing. The Formics are ALIEN. Anything a human being might do/think/scheme against your plans is going to be of marginal use because ...
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What did it mean in the actual battle when Ender froze his own legs to make shields?

He was not directing real armies until much later in the book The point where Ender employes the leg freezing strategy is where he is still in Battle School, playing the zero-G laser tag "Battle ...
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Is anyone else not buying the Buggers' story?

I guess the Bugger Queen's reasoning process can be conceived by analogy. Imagine you are a schoolyard bully who routinely beats people up and steals their lunch money, but will never outright ...
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Is the Descolada based on an actual virus?

No. The Descolada's pathology makes no sense for a real-world virus. First of all, "changing random genes" would result in death from all the infected cells dying in the body long before an ...
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In Ender's Game, who fired the Little Doctor?

An unnamed pilot of a ship in Bean's squadron In Ender's Shadow we get the final battle from the point of view of Bean, and there is some additional info given as to which ships actually fired it, ...
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What does Ender's Game (the book) teach about strategy?

Focus on the real victory conditions. At the end of battle school he pulls that formation attack, recognizing that it's not defeating the enemy combatants that matters, but the true victory is the ...
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Is Ender's attitude shown to be wrong?

I think it's more subtle than that. First, you can't really post-hoc judge battle decisions that way: you can only judge whether or not you did the best you could with the information you had at the ...
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What was the Philosophy from the Ender's Game series about interacting with intelligent alien races?

Thanks to Valorom for pointing me in the right direction. http://enderverse.wikia.com/wiki/Hierarchy_of_Foreignness The Hierarchy of Foreignness was a classification system made by Valentine Wiggin as ...
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Is anyone else not buying the Buggers' story?

Short, direct answer, straight from the original novel: We are like you; the though pressed into his mind. We did not mean to murder, and when we understood, we never came again. We though we were ...
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Did any of the fleet survive the final attack in Enders Game?

MORE MAJOR SPOILERS: And, as the following books (Ender in Exile, Speaker for the Dead, etc) point out, the crews from those surviving ships help populate the formic worlds when the formics all died ...
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What is the Speaker for the Dead cover depicting?

Spaceships doing generic spaceshippy stuff But I also hated the cover on my bestselling book, because the art came from a game sold in the UK and it depicted spaceships doing generic spaceshippy ...
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Help finding a passage from one of the Ender Wiggin books

I think you're referring to the final chapter of Speaker for the Dead, the sequel to Ender's Game. The terminal was learning to accommodate itself to him, too. Instead of long code sequences, he only ...
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How old were Bean and Petra when they got married?

Petra was approximately 3 years older than Ender at the time Ender joined Salamander Army. Bean is approximately 5 years younger than Ender, as he entered Battle School around the age of 4 and was ...
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Are the other children on Eros during the final training and battles?

The other children were each in their own simulator Mazer explained. He wasn't going to control ships anymore. "You've reached the next phase of your training. You have experience in every level ...
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Is anyone else not buying the Buggers' story?

The two answers already given deal with the situation from the in-universe point of view. I would like to point out an another approach to this problem. That is - the perception of intelligence (since ...
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