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* BizarreAlienSenses: [[spoiler: The creators of the Descolada]] are implied to have this.

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%%zce * BizarreAlienSenses: [[spoiler: The creators of the Descolada]] are implied to have this.



* IceCreamKoan: At one point, Wang Mu has to pretend to be a philosopher that specializes in these, but she's too logical to last long.
* InscrutableAliens: [[spoiler: The Descoladores are an example.]]

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* IceCreamKoan: At one point, Wang Mu has to pretend to be a philosopher that specializes in these, cryptic but meaningless koans, but she's too logical to last long.
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* OurSoulsAreDifferent: ''Children of the Mind'' expands upon the idea of Aiuas, and is filled with lots of {{exposition}} about exactly those properties.

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%%zce * OurSoulsAreDifferent: ''Children of the Mind'' expands upon the idea of Aiuas, and is filled with lots of {{exposition}} about exactly those properties.



* TrilogyCreep: ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'' and ''Children of the Mind'' were originally supposed to be one book. It didn't work out, and ''Children of the Mind'' ended up being published [[ScheduleSlip five years]] after ''Xenocide''.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Admiral Lands tries to pull one.
** His reason for disobeying orders seems pretty petty. While it's true that he's prepared to bear the consequences of committing another Xenocide to protect humanity, his main reason appear to be so as not to cause his men additional discomfort by forcing them to be placed in long-term duty above the surface of Lusitania.

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* TrilogyCreep: ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'' and ''Children of the Mind'' were originally supposed to be one book. It didn't work out, and ''Children of the Mind'' ended up being published [[ScheduleSlip five years]] after ''Xenocide''.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Admiral Lands tries to pull one.
** His reason for disobeying orders seems pretty petty. While it's true that he's prepared to bear the consequences of committing another Xenocide to protect humanity, his main reason appear to be so as not to cause his men additional discomfort by forcing them to be placed in long-term duty above the surface of Lusitania.
''Xenocide''.

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* CliffhangerWall: The last book chronologically with Card going on to just do prequels and [[POVSequel Point Of View Sequels]], not telling us what happened with the Descoladores.

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* EveryoneMustBePaired: The book ends with a double wedding that seems to serve little point but to pair up all the remaining single characters of young adult age, among them an embodied fragment of another character's psyche and the recently created biological avatar of the future-internet's artificial intelligence.


* {{Rewrite}}: Several details of the conclusion of ''Literatue/{{Xenocide}}'' and the beginning of ''Children of the Mind'' don't line up with each other:

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* {{Rewrite}}: Several details of the conclusion of ''Literatue/{{Xenocide}}'' ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'' and the beginning of ''Children of the Mind'' don't line up with each other:


* StarfishAliens: By this book four alien species are seen in story, and none of them remotely resemble each other. [[spoiler: The makers of the Descolada are never contacted in any official capacity though, and may be impossible to communicate with, and Jane ceases to truly be a separate intelligence, as part of her becomes human and another part becomes piggie, while her relatively non-sentient functions remain in the ansible net.]]

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* StarfishAliens: By this book four alien species are seen in story, and none of them remotely resemble each other. [[spoiler: The makers of the Descolada are never contacted in any official capacity though, and may be impossible to communicate with, and Jane ceases to truly be a separate intelligence, as part of her becomes human and another part becomes piggie, while her relatively non-sentient functions remain in the ansible net.net and she was always kind of part formic in origin anyway.]]


''Children of the Mind'' if the fourth and originally final book in the ''Literature/EndersGame'' saga, written by Creator/OrsonScottCard and published in 1996.

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''Children of the Mind'' if is the fourth and originally final book in the ''Literature/EndersGame'' saga, written by Creator/OrsonScottCard and published in 1996.

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!!''Children of the Mind'' provides examples of:

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!!''Children of the Mind'' provides examples of:of:
* BizarreAlienSenses: [[spoiler: The creators of the Descolada]] are implied to have this.
* FailsafeFailure: Averted in how a Doctor Device is designed to be easy to disarm. Pretty important for a planet buster.
* GeneticEngineeringIsTheNewNuke: [[spoiler: The aliens who designed the descolada seemingly outright communicate by genetically engineering viruses to send to each other, and their idea of terraforming turned the piggies into what they are now.]]
* IceCreamKoan: At one point, Wang Mu has to pretend to be a philosopher that specializes in these, but she's too logical to last long.
* InscrutableAliens: [[spoiler: The Descoladores are an example.]]
* LimbSensationFascination: [[spoiler: Jane gets transferred into the human body of Valentine's clone.]] She describes the process as like putting on a glove, individually finding each part and fitting into it. Each new feeling surprises her, from touching to crying, etc. [[spoiler: When she briefly returns to her AI network a few chapters later she finds it lacking, as even virtual omniscience pales to the visceral taste of life.]]
* OurSoulsAreDifferent: ''Children of the Mind'' expands upon the idea of Aiuas, and is filled with lots of {{exposition}} about exactly those properties.
* {{Rewrite}}: Several details of the conclusion of ''Literatue/{{Xenocide}}'' and the beginning of ''Children of the Mind'' don't line up with each other:
** Novinha's [[spoiler: becoming a nun and begging Andrew to join her, with him refusing on the grounds that he still wants to live his life with her]] is inexplicably changed to [[spoiler: Andrew deciding to join her immediately, and Novinha had never actually become an official nun]].
** Faster-than-Light travel in ''Xenocide'' [[spoiler: requires Ender to be there, or Peter and New Valentine, because they contain Jane]]. ''Children of the Mind'' treats this as optional with no explanation.
** In ''Xenocide'', Jane [[spoiler: is said to have never been possible to kill by the disconnecting of the ansible network]], but ''Children of the Mind'' starts again with that plot point.
* StarfishAliens: By this book four alien species are seen in story, and none of them remotely resemble each other. [[spoiler: The makers of the Descolada are never contacted in any official capacity though, and may be impossible to communicate with, and Jane ceases to truly be a separate intelligence, as part of her becomes human and another part becomes piggie, while her relatively non-sentient functions remain in the ansible net.]]
* TrilogyCreep: ''Literature/{{Xenocide}}'' and ''Children of the Mind'' were originally supposed to be one book. It didn't work out, and ''Children of the Mind'' ended up being published [[ScheduleSlip five years]] after ''Xenocide''.
* ZeroApprovalGambit: Admiral Lands tries to pull one.
** His reason for disobeying orders seems pretty petty. While it's true that he's prepared to bear the consequences of committing another Xenocide to protect humanity, his main reason appear to be so as not to cause his men additional discomfort by forcing them to be placed in long-term duty above the surface of Lusitania.


!!Children of the Mind'' provides examples of:

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!!Children !!''Children of the Mind'' provides examples of:


The Starways Congress fleet is almost at Lusitania with the Little Doctor device, Jane is using her new found teleportation powers to get everyone offworld, and Peter Wiggin and Si Wang-Mu are trying to persuade members of the Congress to rescind the order to blow Lusitania up.

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The Starways Congress fleet is almost at Lusitania with the Little Doctor device, Jane is using her new found teleportation powers to get everyone offworld, and Peter Wiggin and Si Wang-Mu are trying to persuade members of the Congress to rescind the order to blow Lusitania up.up.
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!!Children of the Mind'' provides examples of:

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''Children of the Mind'' if the fourth and originally final book in the ''Literature/EndersGame'' saga, written by Creator/OrsonScottCard and published in 1996.

The Starways Congress fleet is almost at Lusitania with the Little Doctor device, Jane is using her new found teleportation powers to get everyone offworld, and Peter Wiggin and Si Wang-Mu are trying to persuade members of the Congress to rescind the order to blow Lusitania up.

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