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Ender's Game

1985 first edition (hardcover)
Author Orson Scott Card
Cover artist John Harris
Country United States
Language English
Series Ender's Game series
Genre(s) Science fiction
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date 1985
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 357 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-312-93208-1
Followed by Speaker for the Dead

Ender's Game (1985) is one of the most well-known novels by Orson Scott Card.[1] It is set in Earth's future where mankind has barely survived two invasions by the "buggers", an insectoid alien race, and the International Fleet is preparing for war. In order to find and train the eventual commander for the anticipated third invasion, the world's most talented children, including the extraordinary Ender Wiggin, are taken into Battle School at a very young age. The book takes place around the year 2135, and its sequels Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, A War of Gifts, and Ender in Exile: Ganges follow Ender to different worlds as he travels far into the future. Image File history File links Ender's_game_cover_ISBN_0312932081. ... Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951)[1] is a bestselling American author, as well as being a critic, political writer, and speaker. ... For other uses, see Country (disambiguation). ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Book one in the Enders Game series The Enders Game Series (or simply Ender Series) is a series of science fiction books by Orson Scott Card, started with the short story Enders Game, which was later expanded into the novel Enders Game. ... Science fiction is a form of speculative fiction principally dealing with the impact of imagined science and technology, or both, upon society and persons as individuals. ... A publisher is a person or entity which engages in the act of publishing. ... Tor Books is one of two imprints of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC, based in New York City. ... Hardcover books A hardcover (or hardback or hardbound) is a book bound with rigid protective covers (typically of cardboard covered with cloth, heavy paper, or sometimes leather). ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article may require cleanup. ... ISBN redirects here. ... Speaker for the Dead (1986) is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card and a sequel to the novel Enders Game. ... Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951)[1] is a bestselling American author, as well as being a critic, political writer, and speaker. ... Speaker for the Dead (1986) is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card and a sequel to the novel Enders Game. ... Xenocide (1991) is the third novel in the Enders Game series of books by Orson Scott Card. ... Children of the Mind is the fourth book of Orson Scott Cards popular Enders Game series, a series of four science fiction novels that focus on Ender Wiggin himself. ...


The book originated as the novelette "Ender's Game" published in the August 1977 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact.[2] Card later expanded the novel into the Ender's Game series, dealing with the long-term effects of the war. April 1997 issue of Analog. ... Book one in the Enders Game series The Enders Game Series (or simply Ender Series) is a series of science fiction books by Orson Scott Card, started with the short story Enders Game, which was later expanded into the novel Enders Game. ...


A slightly updated version was released in 1991.

Contents

Plot summary

In the book, mankind has made contact with a largely unknown alien race, known only as the "buggers," because of their insectoid appearance. The buggers have attempted to colonize Earth twice; having been narrowly defeated the second time by International Fleet commander Mazer Rackham, a third invasion is considered a likely threat. This is a list of organizations in the fictional Enders Game series universe. ... This is a list of characters from the fictional International Fleet organization in Orson Scott Cards Enders Game series. ...


It is in this world that six-year-old Andrew "Ender" Wiggin. Ender, his nickname, was given to him by his older sister, Valentine; he also has a brother, Peter. As third child of his parents, Ender is an exception to the population restriction laws, his conception having been permitted only by a special sanction of the government, with the hope that he would be a combination of his sadistic older brother and his kind-hearted sister. The International Fleet (IF) was seeking the next brilliant military commander among Earth's children, as they needed an exceptional leader to help them fight the buggers. Young Ender is approved by the government for training at the elite Battle School, a space station where only the most brilliant children were trained. After a confrontation with a school bully, Stilson, Ender chooses to accept Colonel Graff's offer to attend Battle School, leaving behind his world with the hope that he could save its future. Andrew Ender Wiggin is a fictional character from Orson Scott Cards science fiction story Enders Game and its sequels (Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind), as well as in the first part of the spin-off series, Enders Shadow. ... Valentine Wiggin is a fictional character in Orson Scott Cards Enders Game series of novels. ... In the science fiction story Enders Game and its sequels, Peter Wiggin is Enders (or Andrews) older brother. ... This is a list of organizations in the fictional Enders Game series universe. ... Hyrum Graff is a fictional character written about by Orson Scott Card, in several of his Ender and Shadow books. ...


Upon arrival at Battle School, Ender is immediately singled out by the administration as the most intelligent student, causing most other students to hate him. Despite the attempts to keep him isolated, Ender does make a few friends; he is promoted early, so that he finds himself surrounded by kids much older than him, most of whom despise him. He again finds a way around his isolation and frustration, however, by forming his own nightly "practice" sessions with his old friends, as well as any other new students who wish to be instructed by Ender. He finds, however, that they no longer regard him as a friend, but rather as a superior.


Ender is quickly promoted to commander of a brand new Dragon Army, and he molds his young soldiers into an unbeatable team, despite the teachers' stacking of every game against him. Some time after an especially brutal victory against one of Ender's former commanders, Bonito de Madrid, Ender is cornered by Bonzo along with several of Bonzo's soldiers. Unable to escape the situation without violence, Ender convinces Bonzo to fight him alone and unknowingly kills him. Ender learns the lesson that there is no rule book in war; he throws his own concepts of the game away. This clever circumventing of an impossible situation causes Ender to be promoted to Command School, six years younger than anyone else in the history of the system. He is taken briefly to Earth to visit his sister Valentine. Commander is a military rank which is also sometimes used as a military title depending on the individual customs of a given military service. ... This is a list of Battle School students who attended Battle School in Orson Scott Cards fictional Enderverse, with biographical details. ... This is a list of organizations in the fictional Enders Game series universe. ...


Ender is taught at Command School by Mazer Rackham, kept alive into his own future by sending him away at near lightspeed and then turning around and bringing him back in the same manner. Mazer instructs Ender in a game very similar to the Battle Room, only this time instead of commanding soldiers, Ender will command ships in a 3-D space battle. At this point, Ender is reunited with the people closest to him from battle school as his subordinates in this battle game. Ender commands them directly, and it is up to them to carry out his commands. Each day the games become more and more grueling, and Ender is slowly being worn down to psychosis, along with his fellow commanders. Waking and sleeping blend together as Ender loses his sanity, but he maintains his military brilliance. A line showing the speed of light on a scale model of Earth and the Moon, taking about 1â…“ seconds to traverse that distance. ... For other uses, see Psychosis (disambiguation). ...


Finally Mazer confronts Ender, telling him that he will face an extremely grueling final exam. The game begins, and Ender is outnumbered 1,000 to 1. When the enemy is finally in range, Ender orders the use of a special weapon, Dr. Device, against the planet itself, destroying the simulated planet and all ships in orbit. Ender consciously makes this decision knowing that it is expressly against the respectable rules of the game, hoping that his teachers will find his ruthlessness unacceptable and remove him from command, and allow him to return home. This is a list of miscellaneous elements in the Enders Game series of books by Orson Scott Card. ... This article is about the general term. ...


After he wins it is revealed to Ender that all the simulations were real battles taking place in bugger space. He is told that the military sent ships to attack the bugger planets many years ago, and outfitted them with new technology, like the ansible, making superluminal communication possible. Ender realizes that he had just ordered the actual destruction of an entire race, and the guilt of the massacre forces him into a five-day coma. For other uses, see Coma (disambiguation). ...


When he awakens, it's revealed to Ender that he is being heralded as the savior of the human race, and that the bugger threat has been eliminated, mankind is expanding into the empty bugger planets and repealing the population limit laws. Valentine arrives at command school and convinces Ender to go with her on the first ship leaving for colonization. There he discovers an unborn bugger queen who can communicate with him through a psychic link. She tells him that her race was not aware that humans were sentient creatures. It was through their defeat in the Second Invasion that forced them to realize humanity's true nature; and had resolved to never attack the Earth again. He resolves to atone for his destruction of the bugger race by finding a place to resurrect the queen, bringing the alien race back into existence. Ender writes a book under the pseudonym "Speaker for the Dead" entitled The Hive Queen, wherin he tells of the compassion and pain of the bugger race. The book is very popular and at Peter's request he also writes The Hegemon to tell the truth of his brother's troubled life. For other uses, see Salvation (disambiguation). ... For the historic phenomenon of colonization and imperialism, see colonialism. ... Speaker for the Dead (1986) is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card and a sequel to the novel Enders Game. ... The hive queen is the embodiement of a Ramen (Hierarchy of Alienness) species that functions as one but appears as a large colony of beetle-like entities known as buggers She is a fictional character who is introduced in the book Enders Game written by Orson Scott Card ... In the popularly acclaimed Enders Game and shadow series, the Hegemon is the ruler of the planet. ...


Creation and inspiration

The original novelette "Ender's Game" is merely a snapshot of Ender's experiences in Battle School and Command School; the full-length novel is a more encompassing work dealing with Ender's life before, during, and after the war, and it also contains some chapters describing the political exploits of his older siblings back on Earth. In a commentary track for the 20th Anniversary audiobook edition of the novel, as well as in the 1991 Author's Definitive Edition, Card stated that Ender's Game was written specifically to establish the character of Ender for his role of the Speaker in Speaker for the Dead, the outline for which he had written before novelizing Ender's Game. Speaker for the Dead (1986) is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card and a sequel to the novel Enders Game. ...


The 1959 novel Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein is obviously a strong influence on Ender's game. With many very simliar themes, even down to the insectoid aliens ('Bugs' in Starship Troopers and 'Buggers' in Ender's Game) For other uses, see Starship Troopers (disambiguation). ... Robert Anson Heinlein (July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) was one of the most popular, influential, and controversial authors of hard science fiction. ...


In his 1991 introduction to the novel, Card discussed the influence of Isaac Asimov's Foundation series on the creation of the novelette and novel. Historian Bruce Catton's work on the American Civil War also influenced Card heavily. He also derived the name and basic function of the ansible from Ursula K. Le Guin's works. Isaac Asimov (January 2?, 1920?[1] – April 6, 1992), pronounced , originally Исаак Озимов but now transcribed into Russian as Айзек Азимов [1], was a Russian-born American author and professor of biochemistry, a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. ... Hari Seldons holographic image, pictured on a paperback edition of Foundation, appears at various times in the First Foundations history, to guide it through the social and economic crises that befall it. ... Bruce Catton (October 9, 1899 — August 28, 1978) was a journalist and a notable historian of the American Civil War. ... Combatants United States of America (Union) Confederate States of America (Confederacy) Commanders Abraham Lincoln, Ulysses S. Grant Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee Strength 2,200,000 1,064,000 Casualties 110,000 killed in action, 360,000 total dead, 275,200 wounded 93,000 killed in action, 258,000 total... An ansible is a hypothetical machine, capable of superluminal communication, and used as a plot device in science fiction literature. ... Ursula Kroeber Le Guin [ˌɜɹsələ ˌkɹobɜɹ ləˈgWɪn] (born October 21, 1929) is an American author. ...


Characters

The Wiggins: Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin, John Paul Wiggin, Peter Wiggin, Theresa Wiggin, Valentine Wiggin


Ender's Crew: Alai, Julian Delphiki (aka Bean), Carn Carby, Crazy Tom, Dink Meeker, Dumper, Fly Molo, Han Tzu (aka Hot Soup), Petra Arkanian, Shen, Vlad


Other Battle School students: Achilles de Flandres, Ambul, Anwar, William Bee, Bernard, Dag, Ducheval ("Shovel"), Nikolai Delphiki, Bonito Madrid (aka Bonzo), Talo Momoe, Rose the Nose, Sayagi, Pol Slattery, Suriyawong, Virlomi, Wu, Pinual


Others: Anderson (Major), Anton, Admiral Chamrajnagar, Hyrum Graff, The Hive Queen, Jane, Poke, Mazer Rackham, Sister Carlotta, Stilson, Volescu


Awards and impact

Ender's Game was the winner of the Hugo Award for best novel in 1986[3] and the Nebula Award for best novel in 1985,[4] two notable awards in science fiction. The following year, the sequel Speaker for the Dead also won both awards; Card is the only author to have won both awards in two consecutive years.[1] In 2008, it received the Margaret Edwards award for its long term impact on science fiction. The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... The Nebula is an award given each year by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), for the best science fiction/fantasy fiction published in the United States during the two previous years (see rolling eligibility below). ... Speaker for the Dead (1986) is a science fiction novel by Orson Scott Card and a sequel to the novel Enders Game. ...


Several schools around the world have adopted Ender's Game as required reading, some for its psychological aspects, others for its science fiction background. Some examples include the Marine Corps University at Quantico, as a textbook on the psychology of leadership,[1] and the state of New South Wales, Australia, Higher School Certificate.[5] The Marine Corps University was established on 1 August 1989 by Commandant of the Marine Corps, General Alfred M. Gray, reporting to the USMC Training And Education Command. ... Quantico, Virginia is in Prince William County, 23 miles north-northeast of Fredericksburg, Virginia, near Dumfries and Stafford along Highway 619. ... Leader redirects here. ... NSW redirects here. ... This article is about the New South Wales Higher School Certificate. ...


"Ender's Game" was the very first novel given away online before its publication. Card posted the novel on the DELPHI online service in 1984, inviting anyone to download and enjoy it.


Card has noticed similarities between Ender's Game and the Harry Potter series.[1] This article is about the Harry Potter series of novels. ...


Reviews

Film

The latest author-written screenplay was finished and submitted to Warner Brothers by Orson Scott Card in May 2003. David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were later signed to write a new script, working closely with Wolfgang Petersen. However, as of December 15, 2005, all previous attempts to write a script had been dropped. Card himself has announced he will be writing a new script not based on any previous one, including his own. Sample from a screenplay, showing dialogue and action descriptions. ... Warner Bros. ... Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951)[1] is a bestselling American author, as well as being a critic, political writer, and speaker. ... David Benioff (born circa 1970 in New York City) is an American writer. ... D.B. Weiss is the author of Lucky Wander Boy and the current writer for the Halo film. ... Wolfgang Petersen Wolfgang Petersen (born March 14, 1941 in Emden, Lower Saxony, Germany) is a German film director. ...


While Ender's Game is officially in pre-production, according to IMDB,[6] there is still no financier for the movie rights to the book.[7] Nothing has been released on the content of the approved script, or casting; however, based on information from Orson Scott Card's previous scripts, it will be a fusion between Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, both of which take place in the Battle School at the same time, but the former from Ender's point of view, and the latter from Bean's point of view. Pre-production is the process of preparing all the elements involved in a film, play, or other performance. ... Enders Shadow is a 1999 parallel novel by Orson Scott Card with a plot covering the events in Enders Game from the point of view of a supporting charactor named Bean. ... Bean is a major character in Orson Scott Cards science fiction novels revolving around Ender Wiggin. ...


About the movie

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Video game

Main article: Ender's Game: Battle Room

Ender's Game: Battle Room will be a digitally distributed video game for all viable downloadable platforms.[8] It is currently under development by Chair Entertainment, who also developed the Xbox Live Arcade game Undertow. Chair had sold the licensing of Empire to Card, which became a best-selling novel. Computer and video games redirects here. ... Chair Entertainment Group is an independant video game developer based in Utah. ... Undertow is an original video game developed by Chair Entertainment for the Xbox 360s Xbox Live Arcade service. ... Empire (2006) is a speculative fiction novel by Orson Scott Card. ...


Nothing is known about the game save its setting in the well-known Orson Scott Card novel's universe, and that it will focus on the Battle Room.[9] Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951)[1] is a bestselling American author, as well as being a critic, political writer, and speaker. ...


Graphic Novel

Marvel Comics and Orson Scott Card announced on April 19, 2008 that they would be publishing a limited-series installment, 'Ender's Game' to be released in the Summer of 2008. It will be the first in a plan to release a comic book series based on all of Card's Ender's Game novel series. Card was quoted as saying that it is the first step in moving the story to a visual medium. This article is about the comic book company. ... Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951)[1] is a bestselling American author, as well as being a critic, political writer, and speaker. ...


Translations

  • Chinese: 安德的游戏 ("Ender's Game"),2003.
  • Croatian: Enderova igra ("Ender's Game"), 2007.
  • Czech: Enderova Hra ("Ender's Game").
  • Danish: Enders strategi ("Ender's Strategy"), 1990.
  • Dutch: De tactiek van Ender ("Ender's Tactic").
  • Estonian: Enderi mäng ("Ender's Game"), 2000.
  • Finnish: Ender ("Ender"), 1990.
  • French: La Stratégie Ender ("The Ender Strategy"), 1996, 1999, 2000, 2001.
  • German: Das große Spiel ("The Big Game"), 1986, 2005.
  • Hebrew: המשחק של אנדר‎ ("Ender's Game").
  • Hungarian: Végjáték ("Endgame"), 1991.
  • Italian: Il gioco di Ender ("Ender's Game").
  • Korean: 엔더의 게임 ("Ender's Game"), 1992, 2000 (two editions).
  • Japanese: エンダーのゲーム ("Ender's Game"), 1987.
  • Norwegian: Enders spill ("Ender's Game"), 1999.
  • Polish: Gra Endera ("Ender's Game"), 1994.
  • Portuguese: O jogo do exterminador ("The exterminator's game") (Brasil).
  • Portuguese: O jogo final ("The final game") (Portugal).
  • Romanian: Jocul lui Ender ("Ender's Game").
  • Russian: Игра Эндера (Igra Endera) ("Ender's Game"), 1995, 1996, 2002, 2003 (two editions).
  • Spanish: El juego de Ender ("Ender's Game").
  • Swedish: Enders spel ("Ender's Game"), 1991, 1998.
  • Serbian: Enderova igra ("Ender's Game"), 1988.
  • Thai: เกมพลิกโลก ("The game that change the world"), 2007.
  • Turkish: Ender'in Oyunu ("Ender's Game").

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See also

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References

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