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Ender’s Game By Orson Scott Card


Orson Scott Card • Best known for his science fiction novels Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, Orson Scott Card has written in many other forms and genres. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.


Ender’s Game Summary • Set in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled humankind who have barely survived two conflicts with the Formics (an insectoid alien race also known as the "Buggers"). In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, an international fleet maintains a school to find and train future fleet commanders. The world's most talented children, including the novel's protagonist Ender Wiggin, are taken at a very young age to a training center known as the Battle School. There, teachers train them in the arts of war through increasingly difficult games including ones undertaken in zero gravity in the Battle Room where Ender's tactical genius is revealed.


Dystopia • A dystopia is a vision, of an often futuristic society, which has developed into a negative version of Utopia. A dystopia is often characterized by an authoritarian or totalitarian form of government. It often features different kinds of repressive social control systems, a lack or total absence of individual freedoms and expressions and a state of constant warfare or violence.


What Makes EG a Dystopia? • • • • •

Government Control Law of “Thirds” Impending war Takes place in the future Technology


Technology • Monitors for government keeping tabs on you • Video Games as military training • Null Gravity Rooms for combat training • Ansible for instant communication through space


Ender’s Game Main Characters • • • • • •

Andrew “Ender” Wiggin - protagonist Valentine Wiggin – Ender’s sister Peter Wiggin – Ender’s brother Colonel Graff – Recruits Ender Bean – Battle School Student Mazer Rackham – War Hero


Ender's Game