History Literature / EndersGame

25th Aug '16 4:27:30 PM ChronoLegion
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* AChildShallLeadThem: In the second prequel, the Chinese military gives Bingwen, a young but brilliant farmboy, his own command, consisting of a few dozen soldiers. His superior hand-picks the soldiers, who are least likely to accept a child as an officer and replaces them as Bingwen brings them to his side. This is all done to train the boy for the realities of command.



** These are one of the first pieces of Formic tech to be reverse-engineered by Jukes, Ltd. In fact, they manage to improve on the design, making them more powerful.



* MadeOfIndestructium: There's nothing in the human arsenal that can even dent the hull of a Formic ship (their fighters and landers are aversions). This includes gravity-based weapons, although they can damage turrets. Only Formic "gamma plasma" can punch through the hull material, but human scientists have no dies how to make, store, or fire it.



** "Imala" means "strong-minded" in a Native American language. Imala Bootstamp definitely fits.

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** "Imala" means "strong-minded" in a Native American language.Apache. Imala Bootstamp definitely fits.


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** In the second prequel trilogy, the IF is full of these, officers, who care more about their careers and pockets than humanity's survival. Competent soldiers and marines are sidelined and kept from making waves. Their ideas are ignored simply because they don't come from the officers themselves. Many are involved with defense contractors, helping to push through any number of possible weapons and equipment, whether or not they're good.
25th Aug '16 4:11:52 PM ChronoLegion
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** Also "gamma plasma", gamma radiation is photons, not matter like plasma. Which actually would make it a lot easier to focus into lasers.

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** Also "gamma plasma", gamma radiation is photons, not matter like plasma. Which actually would make it a lot easier to focus into lasers. At least this is addressed in the second prequel trilogy, where a scientist explains that they keep using the name for lack of a better term, even though it's not a good description. They simply don't understand how it works, so they're forced to use a term given to them by an asteroid miner.
24th Aug '16 1:56:30 PM Gitman
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* DisproportionateRetribution: Many examples, specifically the outcome of the Third Invasion and Ender's retaliation when ambushed.

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* DisproportionateRetribution: Many examples, specifically the outcome of the Third Invasion and Ender's retaliation when ambushed. Ender's philosophy revolves around this: when he's attacked, he wins the fight and all subsequent ones all at once by beating his opponent so badly that not only will they never be able to hurt him again, but none of the witnesses will dare to pick a fight with him either.
24th Aug '16 1:50:18 PM Gitman
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* UnwittingPawn: At one point Petra tries to pull Ender aside in the hallway to talk to him, which would have separated him from his army and made him vulnerable to attack by students who are jealous of his unbroken winning streak. Ender sees the trap and forces her to walk with him. When he confronts her about it and asks if she knew what she was doing when she tried to stop him, she has no idea what the others had planned and is clearly shocked at Ender's implication that she was complicit.
3rd Aug '16 10:23:06 AM morenohijazo
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* HiveDrone: The Formics, to the point that they will stop moving and die when their queen is killed.
29th Jul '16 2:17:15 PM Gitman
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* NakedOnArrival / NakedFirstImpression: The children at Battle School have a pretty casual attitude toward nudity. When Ender first arrives in Salamander Army, Petra, the only girl in the army, is lounging around with the boys buck naked without a shred of shame.
26th Jul '16 3:29:31 PM MartineBrooke
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* AssholeVictim: The time that we know [[spoiler:Bonzo and the Stilson]] doesn't really make us feel sorry that they're gone. Ender, however, still feels guilt over their deaths.

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* AssholeVictim: The By the time that we know [[spoiler:Bonzo [[spoiler:Ender killed Bonzo and the Stilson]] doesn't really make us feel Stilson in self defence]], we're not sorry that they're gone. Ender, however, still feels guilt over their deaths.



:: Mazer Rackham reinforces the same lesson. War is about doing whatever you can to win. There are no rules except what you can do to your enemy and what you can stop him from doing to you. (Apparently there's no Geneva Convention in a war against aliens).

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:: ** Mazer Rackham reinforces the same lesson. War is about doing whatever you can to win. There are no rules except what you can do to your enemy and what you can stop him from doing to you. (Apparently there's no Geneva Convention in a war against aliens).
27th Jun '16 2:26:54 AM StFan
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* TwoDSpace: Completely subverted. In fact, Ender uses his understanding of 3-dimensional space to his early advantage at Battle School.



* {{Two-D Space}}: Completely subverted. In fact, Ender uses his understanding of 3-dimensional space to his early advantage at Battle School.
15th May '16 1:22:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* RussiaTakesOverTheWorld: Exploited but ultimately subverted. Achilles, looking to TakeOverTheWorld, sees Russia returning to militarism and allies himself with them promised to make them a great empire. While Russia does increase in power under his command, including forming a New Warsaw Pact, Achilles has his eye on bigger fish, and sells them out to trade himself over to India, and then to China. In the end he's defeated and a global union is formed instead to command the world.
21st Mar '16 12:33:12 PM Theriocephalus
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* TheAlternet: Its Internet is called "the nets" and depicts it as several interconnecting but discrete networks, like in the old days of [=CompuServe=] and Prodigy (when the book was written). It also depicts participation in important political debates as by-invitation-only and closely moderated, rather than the free-for-all that politics on the modern Internet has become.

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* TheAlternet: Its Internet The alt-Internet is called "the nets" and depicts it is depicted as several interconnecting but discrete networks, like in the old days of [=CompuServe=] and Prodigy (when the book was written). It There's also depicts the participation in important political debates as on a by-invitation-only and closely moderated, moderated basis, rather than the free-for-all that politics on the modern Internet has become.
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