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Xenocide

Cover of first edition (hardcover)
Author Orson Scott Card
Country United States
Language English
Series Ender's Game series
Genre(s) Science fiction
Publisher Tor Books
Publication date 1991
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 592 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-312-85056-5
Preceded by Speaker for the Dead
Followed by Children of the Mind

Xenocide (1991) is the third novel in the Ender's Game series of books by Orson Scott Card. Its name has come to be used as a science fiction neologism to mean an act of genocide towards an alien species. It was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1992. Image File history File links Broom_icon. ... Download high resolution version (400x670, 80 KB)Scan I made of the cover of Xenocide (Orson Scott Card) - fair use claimed This work is copyrighted. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... 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 an imprint of Tom Doherty Associates, LLC which publishes popular fiction, and is particularly noted for its science fiction and fantasy titles. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... 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. ... 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. ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... 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. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... 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 neologism (Greek νεολογισμός [neologismos], from νέος [neos] new + λόγος [logos] word, speech, discourse + suffix -ισμός [-ismos] -ism) is a word, term, or phrase which has been recently created (coined) — often to apply to new concepts, to synthesize pre-existing concepts, or to make older terminology sound more contemporary. ... For other uses, see Genocide (disambiguation). ... Green people redirects here. ... The 2005 Hugo Award with base designed by Deb Kosiba. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Plot summary

Following the events of Speaker for the Dead, we find Ender living as a member of a Portuguese human colony on the planet Lusitania, a planet which is unique in human space in that it is inhabited by two other sentient species: the Pequeninos and the Hive Queen (transplanted to this world by Ender partly in penance for his near-total destruction of their species in 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. ... 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. ... This is a list of planets from Orson Scott Cards Ender Series. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Enders Game (1985) is the best-known novel by Orson Scott Card. ...


Unfortunately, the Lusitanian ecosystem is pervaded by a virus, named 'descolada' by the humans. The virus is incredibly adaptable, and potentially fatal to all living things. However, the native pequeninos and other life that survived on Lusitania are adapted to it. This also means that the Lusitanian ecosystem is very limited, and it takes all the efforts of the Hive Queen and the human scientists in Milagre to stay alive, since they are not adapted to the descolada. A coral reef near the Hawaiian islands is an example of a complex marine ecosystem. ...


Meanwhile, Jane, the AI who lives among the ansible nets, has shut off communication to the Lusitania fleet that was sent to destroy the home planet of the Pequeninos. This was done to ensure that the Lusitania fleet would not receive any signals to use the Molecular Disruption Device, a weapon that, when used, would completely obliterate the planet. Congress would send this signal to prevent the descolada from spreading to other worlds and eventually killing off humanity. However, the consequence of this action was to risk her eventual discovery and termination.


On Lusitania itself, Ender marshals his forces, which consist almost entirely of the Ribeira family, including his wife Novinha and her children, whom he has since adopted. Novinha and Elanora, the mother-daughter team responsible for most of the biological advances countering the descolada, are undecided on whether they can manufacture a replacement virus and unsure whether they should use it if they could, since the descolada itself may be intrinsically related to pequenino sentience. Grego, Lusitania's leading physicist, scoffs at the idea of faster-than-light travel, but is persuaded by Ender to investigate it anyway. Quara, the third biologista of the colony, is convinced that the descolada itself is sentient and deserves to be treated as a sentient race. And Quim, Father Estevão, is determined to head off pequenino-inspired xenocide (via their starship) with faith and theology. Whether any of this can be accomplished remains to be seen.


Starways Congress, the interstellar governing body, wants its fleet back. It places the dilemma before superhumanly-intelligent citizens of the world Path, a cultural planetary enclave modeled on early China. Path's culture centers on the godspoken, those who hear the voices of the gods in the form of irresistible compulsions. It later becomes clear that the godspoken of Path are victims of a cruel government project: granted great intelligence by genetic modification, they were also shackled with a form of obsessive-compulsive disorder out of fear. It is possible that the people of Path have a form of Anton's Key, substituting giantism and a nearly unlimited brain capacity for the OCD symptoms. The siting of this experiment in a culture bound by four dictates - obey the gods, honor the ancestors, love the people, and serve the rulers - is a further safeguard against rebellion, especially since the godspoken are considered the most devout and holy of all citizens. The most respected godspoken on Path is Han Fei-Tzu, and great things are expected of his daughter and potential successor, Han Qing-jao. The two of them are tasked with deciphering the disappearance of the Lusitania Fleet. Han Qing-jao's secret maid, Si Wang-Mu, aids her in this task, her incredible intelligence (partially) unfettered by the rigid caste system. Starways Congress is the fictional interstellar government body in Orson Scott Cards Enders Game series. ... Antons Key is a hypothetical genetic modification to human DNA afflicting a fictional character in the Enders Game series of books by Orson Scott Card. ... Han Qing-jao is a major character in the science-fiction novel Xenocide, by Orson Scott Card. ... Si Wang-mu is a major character in the science fiction novels Xenocide and Children of the Mind by Orson Scott Card. ...


Qing-jao eventually traces the identity of Demosthenes, the pen name of an essayist who has revealed and been arguing against the planned destruction of Lusitania. Discovering that Demosthenes is Valentine Wiggin, Ender's sister, but that Valentine has been on a starship, en route to Lusitania, for the last thirty years, Qing-Jao infers that a sentient computer program (Jane) closely tied to the ansible network must be responsible for hiding Demosthenes and publishing her work while she is in transit. All but discovered, Jane reveals herself to Han Fei-tzu, Han Qing-jao and Si Wang-mu, telling them about their genetic slavery and begging forbearance on their report to the Starways Congress. Han Fei-tzu, already harboring suspicions about their condition, accepts the news, as does Si Wang-mu, but Han Qing-jao clings to her traditionalism. Betrayed by her father, she reports the presence of Jane to Congress and tells them that, if all ansibles are shut down simultaneously, Jane will be destroyed. Luckily for Jane, this will take some thirty or forty weeks to accomplish, but her fate is sealed. Demosthenes (384–322 BC, Greek: Δημοσθένης, Dēmosthénēs) was a prominent Greek statesman and orator of ancient Athens. ... Valentine Wiggin is a fictional character in Orson Scott Cards Enders Game series of novels. ...


Remorseful about his daughter's act, Han Fei-tzu assists Jane and Elanora Ribeira, a biologist on Lusitania, in solving the problems of faster-than-the-speed-of-light travel and the descolada. Eventually, Ela is able to come up with a model for a "recolada," or a model of the descolada that lets the pequeninos survive, but that doesn't seek to kill all other life forms. The only problem with this is that the recolada would be impossibly hard to make, and they are running out of time against the impending Lusitania fleet.


Finally - a breakthrough is made. Jane and the Ribera family discover the "outside," or a spaceless place where all the aiúas, or individual lives of all sentient life, exist. Jane is able to envision simple starships (which for their purposes are really just boxes) with their passengers, and take them outside, then bring them back "inside" at a completely different spot. Instantaneous starflight has been discovered. As a plus, while Ela is outside, she is able to create the recolada, Miro is healed, and Ender creates a new "Valentine" and a new "Peter," the two halves of his personality. The stage has now been set for the final book of the Series, Children of the Mind. 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. ...


See also

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External links

  • About the novel Xenocide from Card's website

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