The Ender's Game series (often referred to as the Ender saga and also the Enderverse) is a series of science fiction books written by American author Orson Scott Card. The series started with the novelette Ender's Game, which was later expanded into the novel of the same title. It currently consists of sixteen novels, thirteen short stories, 47 comic issues, an audioplay, and a film. The first two novels in the series, Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, each won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards, and were among the most influential science fiction novels of the 1980s.
The series is set in a future where mankind is facing annihilation by an aggressive alien society, an insect-like race known formally as "Formics", but more colloquially as "Buggers". The series protagonist, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, is one of the child soldiers trained at Battle School (and eventually Command School) to be the future leaders for the protection of Earth.
Starting with Ender's Game, five novels (also known as the "Ender Quintet") have been released that tell the story of Ender. Card first wrote Ender's Game as a novelette, but went back and expanded it into a novel so that he could use Ender in another novel, Speaker for the Dead. That novel takes place three thousand and two years after Ender's Game, although, due to relativistic space travel, Ender himself (now using his full name Andrew) is only 36, making him only 25 years older than he was at the end of the Formic Wars.
While the first novel concerned itself with armies and space warfare, the novels in the Speaker trilogy (Speaker for the Dead and its two sequels Xenocide and Children of the Mind) are more philosophical in nature. They deal with the difficult relationship between the humans and the "Piggies" (or "Pequeninos"), and Andrew's (Ender's) attempts to stop another xenocide from happening.
A War of Gifts: An Ender Story was released in October 2007. It is a parallel story set during Ender's first year in Battle School.
A prequel to Speaker for the Dead named Ender in Exile was released in November 2008. It involves Ender's journey to the first colony (and thus serves as a replacement for the last chapter of Ender's Game and as a sequel to the remainder of the novel), as well as his meeting a character from the parallel Shadow saga (effectively wrapping up a remaining plotline in the parallel series).
Starting with Ender's Shadow, five more novels have been released that tell the story of the people whom Ender left behind – this has been dubbed the Shadow saga (also known as the "Shadow Quintet").
Ender's Shadow is a parallel novel to Ender's Game, telling many of the same events from the perspective of Bean, a mostly peripheral character in Ender's Game, while the first three sequels, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets and Shadow of the Giant tell the story of the struggle for world dominance after the Bugger War. This involves the Battle School children, as well as Ender's brother, Peter Wiggin, and Petra Arkanian going up against Achilles de Flandres (from Poke's crew).
A sequel novel to Shadow of the Giant named Shadows in Flight further introduces three of Bean's children, those who also have Anton's key turned.
Shadows Alive, a future sequel, takes place after both Children of the Mind and Shadows in Flight, tying up the two series, and explaining some unanswered questions.
The First Formic War
Card and Aaron Johnston wrote a trilogy to cover the events of the First Formic War. Chronologically, this series comes before all other books in the Ender's Game series. Earth Unaware was released on July 17, 2012. Earth Afire, was released on June 4, 2013, and Earth Awakens on June 10, 2014.
The Second Formic War
On November 4, 2013, Johnston confirmed work on a second trilogy of novels covering the Second Formic War, with the manuscript for the first book due in 2014. The planned titles of the novels are (in order) The Swarm, The Hive, and The Queens. The Swarm, continuing the stories of Victor Delgado, Mazer Rackham, and Bingwen, was released on August 2, 2016.
According to an interview with Orson Scott Card at Southern Virginia University, Fleet School is "a new set of sequels to Ender's Game. It's for a young adult audience. It's what happens to Battle School after the International Fleet loses its purpose of war. It becomes what is called Fleet School, and it prepares kids to become commanders / explorers in the colonies that are going to be forming. We get to see that as the school administrators repurpose the school, the Battle Room is still there, but it's a whole different kind of education." On November 12, 2015, Orson Scott Card announced the title of the series and its first novel, Children of the Fleet was released on October 10, 2017.
Novels in the series
To date, there are six novels in the Ender's Game series, five novels in the Shadow Saga and 4 novels in the Formic Wars series. According to Card, there is no strictly preferred order of reading them, except that Xenocide should be read right before Children of the Mind. The books can be read in the order in which they were originally written or in chronological order.
||Nebula Award winner, 1985; Hugo Award winner, 1986; Locus Award nominee, 1986
||Speaker for the Dead
||Nebula Award winner, 1986; Hugo & Locus Awards winner, 1987; Campbell Award nominee, 1987
||Hugo and Locus Awards nominee, 1992
||Children of the Mind
||Shortlisted for a Locus Award, 2000
||Shadow of the Hegemon
||Shortlisted for a Locus Award, 2002
||Shadow of the Giant
||A War of Gifts: An Ender Story
||Ender in Exile
||Shadows in Flight
||Children of the Fleet
||"Shadows in Flight" was originally planned as part of "Shadows Alive"
- ^ a b c The events of Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow and A War of Gifts take place in roughly the same time period.
The events of A War of Gifts only take place during the time at Battle School).
- ^ a b The events of Ender in Exile and the Shadow Trilogy take place in roughly the same time period.
- First part of Ender in Exile (2/3) takes place during the Shadow Trilogy.
- Last part of Ender in Exile (1/3) takes places after Shadow of the Giant.
- ^ a b Note on the following (maybe not yet so common) Trilogies:
"Speaker Trilogy": Original set of sequels to Ender's Game, also referred to as:
- "Ender Quartet" (Ender's Game combined with "Speaker Trilogy"), also referred to as:
- "Ender Quintet" ("Ender Quartet" combined with Ender in Exile).
"Shadow Trilogy": Original set of sequels to Ender's Shadow, also referred to as:
- "Bean Quartet"/"Shadow Quartet" (Ender's Shadow combined with "Shadow Trilogy"), also referred to as:
- "Bean Quintet"/"Shadow Quintet" ("Bean Quartet" combined with Shadows in Flight), to be (?) referred to as:
- "Bean Sextet"/"Shadow Sextet" ("Bean Quintet" combined with Shadows Alive)
- ^ Title is also mentioned in regard to a possible sequel for the film.
- Earth Unaware
- Earth Afire
- Earth Awakens
- The Swarm
- The Hive (TBA)
- The Queens (TBA)
- Ender's Game
- Ender's Shadow (Note: The events of Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow take place in roughly the same time period.)
- A War of Gifts (Note: This takes place during Ender's Game/Ender's Shadow.)
- Children of the Fleet
- Shadow of the Hegemon
- Shadow Puppets
- Shadow of the Giant
- Ender in Exile (Note: Beginning takes place during Shadow of the Hegemon and through Shadow of the Giant)
- Shadows in Flight
- Speaker for the Dead
- Children of the Mind
- Shadows Alive (TBA)
Short stories in the series
First Meetings is a collection of short stories whose settings range from before Ender's Game until after Shadows in Flight and was first released in 2002.
Comic books in the series
Comic books in the Ender Universe are currently being published by Marvel Comics.
In 2008 it was announced an Ender's Game video game was in the works. It was to be known as Ender's Game: Battle Room and was a planned digitally distributed video game for all viable downloadable platforms. It was under development by Chair Entertainment, which also developed the Xbox Live Arcade games Undertow and Shadow Complex. Chair had sold the licensing of Empire to Card, which became a best-selling novel. Little was revealed about the game, save its setting in the Ender universe and that it would have focused on the Battle Room.
In December, 2010, it was announced that the video game development had stopped and the project put on indefinite hold.
Orson Scott Card and Amaze Entertainment also came to an agreement about a game adaption of the Ender's Game novel but the plans never became a reality.
In 2014, Satō Shūhō's manga, Ender's Game (Jp Ender no Game) appeared.
The film Ender's Game was released in the UK on October 25, 2013 and in the USA on November 1, 2013. The first script was based on two installments of the Ender series, Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, when optioned by Warner Brothers, but was adapted to focus exclusively on Ender's Game when purchased by Lionsgate. The cast includes Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin. The film was directed by Gavin Hood.
The Authorized Ender Companion
Written by Jake Black, The Authorized Ender Companion is "the indispensable guide to the universe of Ender's Game." Sections in this book include: The Ender Encyclopedia, Ender's Timeline, Ender's Family Tree by Andrew Lindsay, Getting Ender Right: A Look at the Ender's Game Screenplay Development by Aaron Johnston, and The Technology of Ender's Game by Stephen Sywak. The majority of the book consists of encyclopedia references to the events, characters, locations, and technology found in the Ender's Game series up to the publication of Ender in Exile.
The book is notable for having new and behind the scenes information on certain topics such as Battle School Slang, The Look of the Formics, The History of Hyrum Graff, Ender and Valentine's Travels, and Mazer Rackham's Spaceship.
Ender's World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game
Ender's World contains 14 essays from Science Fiction and Young Adult writers, as well as military strategists and others about various aspects of Ender’s Game. The book includes an introduction by Orson Scott Card, who edited Ender's World and answers from many fan-submitted Enderverse questions from the Smart Pop Books Website. The following essays are included in the compilation:
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- ^ "How It Should Have Ended" by Eric James Stone Archived May 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ "The Monster's Heart" by John Brown Archived May 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ "The Cost of Breaking the Rules" by Mary Robinette Archived May 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ "Winning and Losing in Ender’s Game" by Hilari Bell Archived May 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ "Parallax Regained" by David Lubar, Alison S. Myers Archived May 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ "Mirror, Mirror" by Alethea Kontis Archived May 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ "Size Matters" by Janis Ian Archived May 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ "Rethinking the Child Hero" by Aaron Johnston Archived May 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ "A Teenless World" by Mette Ivie Harrison Archived May 12, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- ^ "Ender on Leadership" by Colonel Tom Ruby Archived May 13, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
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