History Literature / EndersGame

17th Aug '17 10:08:56 AM Caladin
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** At the risk of sounding very immoral, it does work. It is somewhat accepted amongst Biologists that Eugenics is no different than selectively breeding animals. The issue is its morality, not its effectiveness, as well as an issue with people choosing pointless traits to emphasize, such as skin, hair and eye color.
16th Aug '17 9:18:59 PM Pastykake
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TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Film/EndersGame'' came out in 2013, after languishing in DevelopmentHell for around two decades. Card served as a co-producer, and it was written and directed by Gavin Hood (''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''), starring [[Film/{{Hugo}} Asa Butterfield]] [[FakeAmerican as Ender]], Creator/HaileeSteinfeld as Petra, Creator/AbigailBreslin as Valentine, Creator/HarrisonFord as Colonel Graff and BenKingsley as Mazer Rackham.

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TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Film/EndersGame'' TheFilmOfTheBook, ''Film/EndersGame'', came out in 2013, 2013 after languishing in DevelopmentHell for around two decades. Card served as a co-producer, and it was written and directed by Gavin Hood (''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''), starring [[Film/{{Hugo}} Asa Butterfield]] [[FakeAmerican as Ender]], Creator/HaileeSteinfeld as Petra, Creator/AbigailBreslin as Valentine, Creator/HarrisonFord as Colonel Graff and BenKingsley as Mazer Rackham.



* InsectQueen: The Hive Queen is both this and, well, a HiveQueen. She is both the telepathic center of her species' HiveMind and its sole breeding female.

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* InsectQueen: The Hive Queen Formic hive queen is both this and, well, a HiveQueen.Hive Queen. She is both the telepathic center of her species' HiveMind and its sole breeding female.



* ItsASmallNetAfterAll: Averted, the "Net" in Ender's world is just about as accurate as someone in 1985 could predict. He even predicted {{Troll}}s, {{Sock Puppet}}s and the blogosphere.

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* ItsASmallNetAfterAll: Averted, the Averted. The "Net" in Ender's world is just about as accurate as someone in 1985 could predict. He even predicted {{Troll}}s, {{Sock Puppet}}s Puppet}}s, and the blogosphere.



* KidsAreCruel: ''Very'' cruel at Battle School.

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* KidsAreCruel: ''Very'' Kids are ''very'' cruel at Battle School.



* MostWritersAreAdults: Defended by the author and justified by the children in the school being full of geniuses. What's more it's even discussed in the book itself.

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* MostWritersAreAdults: Defended by the author and justified by the children in the school being full of geniuses. What's more more, it's even discussed in the book itself.



* MovingTheGoalposts: Once Ender's given his own army, the school starts screwing him over as hard as they can with this. His team are perpetually put through harder battles with more and more unfair rules to try and push his strategic abilities to the limit and win against vastly superior foes. Examples include: a battle where the enemy army was allowed to get in position ahead of time; a battle where disabled enemies revive after a short time; two battles in the same day when generally armies have at least a week in between to recuperate; and a battle against two enemy armies.

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* MovingTheGoalposts: Once Ender's given his own army, the school starts screwing him over as hard as they can with this. His team are perpetually put through harder battles with more and more unfair rules to try and to push his strategic abilities to the limit and teach him to win against vastly superior foes. Examples include: a battle where the enemy army was is allowed to get in position ahead of time; a battle where disabled enemies revive after a short time; two battles in the same day when generally armies have at least a week in between to recuperate; and a battle against two enemy armies.



* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Buggers on realizing the fundamental mistake in how they had attempted first contact ([[spoiler:that killing any human means killing a sentient person as opposed to a drone]]), Ender on finding out the TwistEnding.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: The Buggers on upon realizing the fundamental mistake in how they had attempted first contact ([[spoiler:that killing any human means killing a sentient person as opposed to a drone]]), and Ender on finding out the TwistEnding.
16th Aug '17 9:09:49 PM Pastykake
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* ArcWords: "The enemy's gate is ''down.''"

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* ArcWords: ArcWords:
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"The enemy's gate is ''down.''"



* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Apparently, 1920's era eugenic breeding works really well in the Enderverse.
* AssholeVictim: By the time that we know [[spoiler:Ender killed Bonzo and Stilson in self defence]], we're not sorry that they're gone. Ender, however, still feels guilt over their deaths.

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* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Apparently, 1920's era 1920s-era eugenic breeding works really well in the Enderverse.
* AssholeVictim: By the time that we know [[spoiler:Ender killed Bonzo and Stilson in self defence]], self-defense]], we're not sorry that they're gone. Ender, however, still feels guilt over their deaths.



* BugWar: Earth's forces are fighting against insect-appearing aliens

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* BugWar: Earth's forces are fighting against insect-appearing aliensaliens.



** [[spoiler: Also notable because Cain/Peter united the Earth and the Human Race while Abel/Ender obliterated an entire race of sentient beings. Well, almost an entire race.]]

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** [[spoiler: Also notable because Cain/Peter [[spoiler:Cain/Peter united the Earth and the Human Race human race while Abel/Ender obliterated an entire race of sentient beings. Well, almost an entire race.]]



* ChekhovsGun: In his first battle, the other army is able to pass through the gate even though Ender isn't frozen. In his last battle, [[spoiler:he wins by sending a boy through the gate, even though the other army hasn't been defeated yet.]]

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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In his first battle, the other army is able to pass through the gate even though Ender isn't frozen. In his last battle, [[spoiler:he wins by sending a boy through the gate, even though the other army hasn't been defeated yet.]]



* CombatPragmatist: There is NOTHING he won't do to win a fight and ensure it never happens again. He learned this lesson when he was five.
-->'''Ender:''' It was just him and me. He fought with honor. If it weren't for his honor, he and the others would have beaten me together. They might have killed me, then. His sense of honor saved my life. I didn't fight with honor... I fought to win.\\

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* CombatPragmatist: CombatPragmatist:
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There is NOTHING he Ender won't do to win a fight and ensure it never happens again. He learned this lesson when he was five.
-->'''Ender:''' --->'''Ender:''' It was just him and me. He fought with honor. If it weren't for his honor, he and the others would have beaten me together. They might have killed me, then. His sense of honor saved my life. I didn't fight with honor... I fought to win.\\



** An hyper-intelligent child successfully manages to save the human race? Sounds cool...until you see the realistic treatment of adolescent psychology, and of gifted children in particular. Ender's intelligence makes him Earth's best hope, but it also [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation kills any hope of his developing actual friendships]], and puts him in the uncomfortable position of [[TheChainsOfCommanding having to learn to bend people to his will]].

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** An A hyper-intelligent child successfully manages to save the human race? Sounds cool...until you see the realistic treatment of adolescent psychology, and of gifted children in particular. Ender's intelligence makes him Earth's best hope, but it also [[IntelligenceEqualsIsolation kills any hope of his developing actual friendships]], and puts him in the uncomfortable position of [[TheChainsOfCommanding having to learn to bend people to his will]].



* DespairEventHorizon: It's revealed at the end that the Bugger queens crossed it the moment they lost the first battle of the Third Invasion. [[spoiler:By then they had realized with utter horror and deep remorse that each human they had killed in the First and Second invasions was an independent, sapient being, as opposed to the Buggers' HiveMind. Now they realized the humans were counterattacking in earnest.]] Summed up succinctly by the thought:
-->''The humans have not forgiven us. We shall surely die.''

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* DespairEventHorizon: DespairEventHorizon:
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It's revealed at the end that the Bugger queens crossed it the moment they lost the first battle of the Third Invasion. [[spoiler:By then they had realized with utter horror and deep remorse that each human they had killed in the First and Second invasions was an independent, sapient being, as opposed to the Buggers' HiveMind. Now they realized the humans were counterattacking in earnest.]] Summed up succinctly by the thought:
-->''The --->The humans have not forgiven us. We shall surely die.''



--->''I don't care anymore, thought Ender. You can keep your game. If you won't even give me a chance, why should I play?''

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--->''I --->I don't care anymore, thought Ender. You can keep your game. If you won't even give me a chance, why should I play?''play?



* DramaticIrony: Ender, [[AllLovingHero one of the most compassionate people ever born]], is a ruthless killer. Peter, a sociopath, gave the humans peace and unity. This is not lost on Ender. The scary part is that it makes sense, as Ender's empathy would allow him to understand and anticipate his enemies' plan and reactions and counteract them with brutal efficiency, while Peter's sociopathy would allow him to make rational judgments (once he gets over his homicidal tendencies) and ignore petty emotions that spark 90% of the human conflicts (such as nationalism, pride, or ambition).

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* DramaticIrony: Ender, [[AllLovingHero one of the most compassionate people ever born]], is a ruthless killer. Peter, a sociopath, gave the humans peace and unity. This is not lost on Ender. The scary part is that it makes sense, as Ender's empathy would allow him to understand and anticipate his enemies' plan and reactions and counteract them with brutal efficiency, while whereas Peter's sociopathy would allow him to make rational judgments (once he gets over his homicidal tendencies) and ignore petty emotions that spark 90% of the human conflicts (such as nationalism, pride, or ambition).



* DysfunctionJunction: The Wiggins are a dysfunctional family, and almost every kid at Battle School fits this trope, often due to their intelligence and aggression. Also shown in Speaker for the Dead with Novinha and her family.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The "Little Doctor" device, which is indeed capable of destroying a planet, and is used for that purpose near the end of the book. (though it ''disintegrates'' a target instead of blowing it up).

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* DysfunctionJunction: The Wiggins are a dysfunctional family, and almost every kid at Battle School fits this trope, often due to their intelligence and aggression. Also shown in Speaker ''Speaker for the Dead Dead'' with Novinha and her family.
* EarthShatteringKaboom: The "Little Doctor" device, which is indeed capable of destroying a planet, and is used for that purpose near the end of the book. book (though it ''disintegrates'' a target instead of blowing it up).



* ExpandedUniverse: Launched with ''Formic Wars'' - first Ender-related comics that is not an adaptation, but official prequel.
* FasterThanLightTravel: All interstellar travel is slower than light at this point in the technology of Earth and its enemies, but the International Fleet has secretly developed FTLRadio ([[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum adapted from the Bugger's technology]]), called the "ansible"; this is the mechanism by which [[spoiler:Ender commands his battles without ever knowing the truth]].

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* ExpandedUniverse: Launched with ''Formic Wars'' - the first Ender-related comics comic that is not an adaptation, but official prequel.
* FasterThanLightTravel: All interstellar travel is slower than light at this point in the technology of Earth and its enemies, but the International Fleet has secretly developed FTLRadio ([[ImportedAlienPhlebotinum adapted from the Bugger's Buggers' technology]]), called the "ansible"; this is the mechanism by which [[spoiler:Ender commands his battles without ever knowing the truth]].



* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Enders goes off his three-month leave on earth before Command School at Val's persuasion, he thinks that she convinced him to leave earth for another four, forty, maybe four thousand years.
* FullFrontalAssault: Ender is attacked by Bonzo and many others while he's in the shower, so Ender is naturally naked, but Bonzo takes off his clothes after Ender goads him, telling him how cowardly it is to attack a kid naked in the shower who's smaller than you, with lots of reinforcements.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Enders Ender goes off his three-month leave on earth Earth before Command School at Val's persuasion, he thinks that she convinced him to leave earth Earth for another four, forty, maybe four thousand years.
* FullFrontalAssault: Ender is attacked by Bonzo and many others while he's in the shower, so Ender is naturally naked, but Bonzo takes off his clothes after Ender goads him, telling him how cowardly it is to attack a kid who's naked in the shower who's and smaller than you, with lots of reinforcements.



* GagPenis: When Ender first meets Rose de Nose, he's lying naked on his bed with the holographic notepad thing over his groin with an oversized pair of genitals projecting onto it that waggle whenever he moves.

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* GagPenis: When Ender first meets Rose de Nose, he's lying naked on his bed with the holographic notepad thing over his groin with an oversized pair set of genitals projecting onto it that waggle whenever he moves.



* GoingCosmic: While Ender's Game itself is tightly focused, the sequels get progressively more and more Cosmic.

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* GoingCosmic: While Ender's Game itself Although ''Ender's Game'', itself, is tightly focused, the sequels get progressively more and more Cosmic.cosmic.



* HiveMind[=/=]HiveQueen: The composition of the Bugger race.

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* HiveMind[=/=]HiveQueen: The composition of the Bugger Formic/Bugger race.



* HordeOfAlienLocusts: Subverted and deconstructed. The Buggers are clearly modeled after the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]], and ''used'' to be straight examples in their BackStory. But they're quite mortified and penitent about killing humans, even in the face of annihilation.

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* HordeOfAlienLocusts: Subverted and deconstructed. The Buggers are clearly modeled after the [[Franchise/{{Alien}} Xenomorphs]], and ''used'' to be straight examples in their BackStory. But {{Backstory}}, but they're quite mortified and penitent about killing humans, even in the face of annihilation.



* InsultToRocks: Shen and Ender on Bernard

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* InsultToRocks: Shen and Ender Ender, on BernardBernard:
16th Aug '17 8:30:33 PM Pastykake
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Meet Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, six-year old and third child of his family, a stigma due to the population restriction laws. He is the only one of his family to be accepted to the school, and so, leaving behind his parents, his loving sister Valentine, and his sadistic brother Peter, he leaves for Battle School... and things won't be at all easy.

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Meet Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, six-year old six-year-old and third child of his family, a stigma due to the population restriction laws. He is the only one of his family to be accepted to the school, and so, leaving behind his parents, his loving sister Valentine, and his sadistic brother Peter, he leaves for Battle School... and things won't be at all easy.
12th Aug '17 3:18:09 PM Folamh3
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''Ender's Game'' is the book that put Creator/OrsonScottCard on the map, and it remains his [[FirstInstallmentWins most famous]] 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]] work ever, with its sequel ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'' a close second.
second. It was first published in 1985.
7th Jul '17 5:27:14 PM Klutz0
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** When the [[TheFederation Starways Congress]] decides to send an evacuation fleet to Lusitania ([[spoiler:in reality, they have orders to destroy the planet]]), Valentine (under the name Demosthenes) publishes articles attacking the Congress and revealing the true mission of the fleet, to the point of calling it [[spoiler:the Second Xenocide]]. The Congress immediately sends their StateSec to discover who is writing the articles to shut up Demosthenes, declaring whoever it is to be a traitor to the Hundred Worlds. Anyone using the term [[spoiler:the Second Xenocide]] is likewise considered to be speaking treason. So much for free speech.
7th Jul '17 5:09:59 PM Klutz0
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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: There's a considerable faction of Catholics who believe implants are a sacrilege, trying to improve on a body that God had created perfect. As a result, users of prosthetics such as Olhado have it hard, even though he was ''blinded'' by a malfunctioning industrial laser. However, that prejudice even extends to gadgets such as the jewel Ender wears in his ear to communicate with Jane - and please note that said jewel is ''not'' a cybernetic interface, but simply a radio with a microphone capable of interpreting subvocal speech. Future Catholics consider ''wearables'' to be ungodly!
20th Jun '17 4:09:11 AM Piterpicher
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TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Film/EndersGame'' came out in 2013, after languishing in DevelopmentHell for around two decades. Card served as a co-producer, and it was written and directed by Gavin Hood (''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''), starring [[Film/{{Hugo}} Asa Butterfield]] [[FakeAmerican as Ender]], HaileeSteinfeld as Petra, Creator/AbigailBreslin as Valentine, Creator/HarrisonFord as Colonel Graff and BenKingsley as Mazer Rackham.

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TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Film/EndersGame'' came out in 2013, after languishing in DevelopmentHell for around two decades. Card served as a co-producer, and it was written and directed by Gavin Hood (''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine''), starring [[Film/{{Hugo}} Asa Butterfield]] [[FakeAmerican as Ender]], HaileeSteinfeld Creator/HaileeSteinfeld as Petra, Creator/AbigailBreslin as Valentine, Creator/HarrisonFord as Colonel Graff and BenKingsley as Mazer Rackham.
17th Jun '17 7:56:42 PM Kalaong
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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: There's a considerable faction of Catholics who believe implants are a sacrilege, trying to improve on a
body that God had created perfect. As a result, users of prosthetics such as Olhado have it hard, even though he was ''blinded'' by a malfunctioning industrial laser. However, that prejudice even extends to gadgets such as the jewel Ender wears in his ear to communicate with Jane - and please note that said jewel is ''not'' a cybernetic interface, but simply a radio with a microphone capable of interpreting subvocal speech. Future Catholics consider ''wearables'' to be ungodly!

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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: There's a considerable faction of Catholics who believe implants are a sacrilege, trying to improve on a
a body that God had created perfect. As a result, users of prosthetics such as Olhado have it hard, even though he was ''blinded'' by a malfunctioning industrial laser. However, that prejudice even extends to gadgets such as the jewel Ender wears in his ear to communicate with Jane - and please note that said jewel is ''not'' a cybernetic interface, but simply a radio with a microphone capable of interpreting subvocal speech. Future Catholics consider ''wearables'' to be ungodly!
17th Jun '17 7:56:09 PM Kalaong
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* CyberneticsEatYourSoul: There's a considerable faction of Catholics who believe implants are a sacrilege, trying to improve on a
body that God had created perfect. As a result, users of prosthetics such as Olhado have it hard, even though he was ''blinded'' by a malfunctioning industrial laser. However, that prejudice even extends to gadgets such as the jewel Ender wears in his ear to communicate with Jane - and please note that said jewel is ''not'' a cybernetic interface, but simply a radio with a microphone capable of interpreting subvocal speech. Future Catholics consider ''wearables'' to be ungodly!
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