History Literature / EndersGame

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.
14th Mar '16 1:57:56 PM Theriocephalus
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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Deconstructed [[spoiler: and subverted. Humanity believes this about the Formics, causing them to take progressively horrific and morally-ambiguous steps to defeat them in the war, but by the end it turns out that the Formics actually don't subscribe to this Trope. After Ender wipes out their entire species (an action that in most stories focused on AlwaysChaoticEvil species is perfectly justified), he discovers that lasting peace between humans and Formics may have been (and might still be) possible.]]

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* AlwaysChaoticEvil: Deconstructed [[spoiler: and subverted. Humanity believes this about the Formics, causing them to take progressively horrific and morally-ambiguous steps to defeat them in the war, but by the end it turns out that the Formics actually don't subscribe to fit this Trope.trope. After Ender wipes out their entire species (an action that in most stories focused on AlwaysChaoticEvil species is perfectly justified), he discovers that lasting peace between humans and Formics may have been (and might still be) possible.]]
8th Feb '16 4:43:29 AM Freshmeat
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''Ender's Game'' is the book that put Creator/OrsonScottCard on the map, and it remains his [[FirstInstallmentWins most famous]] [[MagnumOpus work ever]], with its sequel ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'' a close second.

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''Ender's Game'' is the book that put Creator/OrsonScottCard on the map, and it remains his [[FirstInstallmentWins most famous]] [[MagnumOpus work ever]], ever, with its sequel ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'' a close second.
27th Jan '16 5:29:05 AM ChronoLegion
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* SkipTheAnesthetic: Achilles asks for this when his leg is operated on. The doctor puts him under anyway, [[DisproportionateRetribution so he kills her]].

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* SkipTheAnesthetic: Achilles asks for this when his leg is operated on. The doctor puts him under anyway, [[DisproportionateRetribution so he kills her]]. Although, it's heavily implied that he would have killed her anyway, as he hates anyone seeing him in a position of weakness.
26th Jan '16 9:41:39 AM Antigone3
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* SkipTheAnesthetic: Achilles asks for this when his leg is operated on. The doctor puts him under anyway, [[DisproportionateRetribution so he kills her]].
20th Jan '16 4:37:42 PM JuliJ90809
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* UnwinnableByDesign: The fantasy game mentioned under TakeAThirdOption. When Ender reaches the GoodEnding, his instructors go into shock, because the game ''doesn't have one programmed into it.''

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* UnwinnableByDesign: The UnwinnableByDesign:
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fantasy game mentioned under TakeAThirdOption. When Ender reaches the GoodEnding, his instructors go into shock, because the game ''doesn't have one programmed into it.''''
** Ender's last battles as commander at Battle School are meant to be this as Battle School staff test his ability to find a third option.
* UnwinnableTrainingSimulation: Ender's last tests against [[spoiler: "Mazer"]] at Command School seem to be approaching this. The very last test seems UnwinnableByDesign, even for Ender.
15th Jan '16 12:22:06 PM Kalaong
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* PoorCommunicationKills: At the end we find that the buggers were not [[spoiler:evil or xenocidal]] as originally thought by humans, they were simply trying to [[spoiler:colonize the solar system and weren't aware humans were intelligent on an individual level, so in their eyes killing a few million people was just their way of formally declaring their intent and asserting their ability to do so]]. This was a ''big'' reason for Humanity's fear and hatred of the buggers; when they happened upon a human colony, they [[spoiler:dismantled our technology to see how it worked - ''after'' they "dismantled" the ''colonists'' to see how '''they''' worked. They didn't understand how much that would piss us off any more than they could comprehend that we would kill a sentient queen, rather than the nonsentient workers.]] After their first two invasions, they realize this [[spoiler:and stop, but by this point it's too late. Only at the very end does Ender learn this. He ends up being friends with the last queen who was created to both continue on her species and apologize.]]

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* PoorCommunicationKills: At the end we find that the buggers were not [[spoiler:evil or xenocidal]] as originally thought by humans, they were simply trying to [[spoiler:colonize the solar system and weren't aware humans were intelligent on an individual level, so in their eyes killing a few million people was just their way of formally declaring their intent and asserting their ability to do so]].so; "Hey, scooch over, will ya?"]]. This was a ''big'' reason for Humanity's fear and hatred of the buggers; when they happened upon a human colony, they [[spoiler:dismantled our technology to see how it worked - ''after'' they "dismantled" the ''colonists'' to see how '''they''' worked. They didn't understand how much that would piss us off any more than they could comprehend that we would kill a sentient queen, rather than the nonsentient workers.]] After their first two invasions, they realize this [[spoiler:and stop, but by this point it's too late. Only at the very end does Ender learn this. He ends up being friends with the last queen who was created to both continue on her species and apologize.]]
14th Jan '16 12:08:32 PM ChronoLegion
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* CoolPlane: The hover-copters developed by Jukes, Ltd., use [[ArtificialGravity gravity-lensing]] technology to keep the craft aloft. It has backup rotors that can be deployed in about a second, in case the gravity lens fails. New Zealand contracts Jukes, Ltd., for two such craft. While it appears to be an exclusive agreement, it's pointed out that China is also interested in purchasing them. When someone complains, it's pointed out that China can order a lot more than two, and Jukes couldn't give a crap about such a tiny fish as New Zealand, when there's a whale like China on the hook. Notably, the New Zealand SAS plans to use the craft for evacuation rather than combat. They are to fly in low, keeping their radar profile as minimal as possible by nearly grazing treetops, deploy the mechanical arm, pick up the damaged tank or another vehicle, and get the hell out of dodge, while cutting it open and moving the crew/passengers up to the craft's cabin. Because it flies so low to the ground, it's stated that the deployable rotors are useless, as they would never have time to deploy before the craft hit the ground ([[spoiler:this is later proven true, when the craft is hit by Formic fire]]).
14th Jan '16 11:58:19 AM ChronoLegion
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* TheChessmaster: Say what you want about Ukko Jukes, but he know how to take advantage of any situation, even if that situation threatens humanity with extinction. From the moment he finds out about the Formics, he plans everything out to the point where, even if a certain step fails ([[spoiler:like his extremely expensive AttackDrones failing to destroy the alien ship]]), he still comes out on top. In the meantime, he uses his global political connections to [[spoiler:get the world leaders to form the [[SpaceNavy International Fleet]] and the [[OneWorldOrder Hegemony]]. And, of course, who is best suited for the job of the Hegemon but the "visionary" who made it happen?]] He even accounts for the possibility of his son plotting to oust him from his own company by turning the tables on Lem... and then handing him the company as a consolation prize.
14th Jan '16 11:48:56 AM ChronoLegion
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* LoopholeAbuse: Ender's entire modus operandi is to thoroughly master the rules of any game, then reinterpret or just plain screw them in new and imaginative ways. His teachers, counting on him to become the greatest living weapon in the history of humanity, are only too happy to let him do so, and have deliberately designed the school environment to favor such thinking. An example of this is when Ender, in a simulation battle against overwhelming odds, ignores the implied rule that all enemies must first be defeated and simply enters the enemy's gate, resulting in an InstantWinCondition.

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* LoopholeAbuse: Ender's entire modus operandi is to thoroughly master the rules of any game, then reinterpret or just plain screw them in new and imaginative ways. His teachers, counting on him to become the greatest living weapon in the history of humanity, are only too happy to let him do so, and have deliberately designed the school environment to favor such thinking. An example of this is when Ender, in a simulation battle against overwhelming odds, ignores the implied rule that all enemies must first be defeated and simply enters the enemy's gate, resulting in an InstantWinCondition. The teachers constantly force him to come up with new ways to use this trope by [[ObviousRulePatch closing off the loopholes he explores as soon as he exposes and exploits them]]. In a strange twist, some of the other army leaders, angry at Ender's perfect win streak, claim that the teachers are actually helping ''him'', despite it being blatantly obvious that it's the other way around, seemingly unable to comprehend that he's simply ''that good''.
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