Ender's Game (series)
The Ender's Game series (often referred to as the Enderverse or the Ender saga) is a series of science fiction books by Orson Scott Card. The series started with the novelette "Ender's Game", which was later expanded into the novel Ender's Game. It currently consists of twelve novels, twelve short stories, and 47 comic issues. 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 colloquially as "Buggers" but more formally as "Formics". The central character, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, is one of the child soldiers trained at Battle School (and eventually Command School) to be the future leaders of the protection of Earth.
Ender series 
Card first wrote Ender's Game as a novelette, but went back and expanded it into a novel so he could use Ender as a main character in another novel, Speaker for the Dead. That novel takes place three thousand 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, 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 (after the one he unwittingly committed in the Ender's Game).
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, as well as his meeting a character from the Shadow saga, effectively wrapping up the final plotline of the parallel series.
Shadow saga 
Starting with Ender's Shadow, four more novels have been released which tell the story of the people whom Ender left behind – this has been dubbed the Shadow saga (also known as the "Bean Quartet"). 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 Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets and Shadow of the Giant tell the story of the struggle for world dominance after the Bugger War, in which the Battle School children, as well as Ender's brother, Peter Wiggin, are involved.
A sequel novel to Shadow of the Giant named Shadows in Flight further introduces Bean's children.
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 have planned a trilogy to cover events in the First Formic War. Earth Unaware, a prequel to the entire Ender series, was released on July 17, 2012. Earth Afire, is scheduled to be released on June 4, 2013, followed by Earth Awakens.
Novels in the series 
To date, there are six novels in the Ender's Game series and five novels in the Shadow 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.
Chronology chart 
|Chronology chart of Enderverse stories|
Publication date 
- Ender's Game (1985) – Nebula Award winner, 1985; Hugo Award winner, 1986; Locus Award nominee, 1986
- Speaker for the Dead (1986) – Nebula Award winner, 1986; Hugo & Locus Awards winner, 1987; Campbell Award nominee, 1987
- Xenocide (1991) – Hugo and Locus Awards nominee, 1992
- Children of the Mind (1996)
- Ender's Shadow (1999) – Shortlisted for a Locus Award, 2000
- Shadow of the Hegemon (2001) – Shortlisted for a Locus Award, 2002
- Shadow Puppets (2002)
- First Meetings (2002) – short story collection
- Shadow of the Giant (2005)
- A War of Gifts: An Ender Story (2007)
- Ender in Exile (2008)
- Shadows in Flight (2012)
- Earth Unaware (2012)
- Earth Afire (2013) – Scheduled for Release June 4, 2013 
- Shadows Alive (forthcoming, originally planned as part of "Shadows in Flight")
Chronological order 
- Earth Unaware
- Earth Afire
- Earth Awakens
- First Meetings
- 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.)
- Shadow of the Hegemon
- Shadow Puppets
- Shadow of the Giant
- Ender in Exile (Note: This 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
Short stories in the series 
Comic books in the series 
Comic books in the Ender Universe are currently being published by Marvel Comics.
Ender's Game film 
The movie Ender's Game is set to release in November 2013. It is based on two installments of the Ender series, "Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow," telling the story from both Ender's point of view and that of Bean. The cast includes Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin. The film will be 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 Sceenplay 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:
"How It Should Have Ended" by Eric James Stone
"The Monster's Heart" by John Brown
"The Cost of Breaking the Rules" by Mary Robinette Kowal
"Winning and Losing in Ender’s Game" by Hilari Bell
"Parallax Regained" by David Lubar, Alison S. Myers
"Mirror, Mirror" by Alethea Kontis
"Size Matters" by Janis Ian
"Rethinking the Child Hero" by Aaron Johnston
"A Teenless World" by Mette Ivie Harrison
"Ender on Leadership" by Colonel Tom Ruby
"Ender Wiggin, USMC" by John F. Schmitt
"The Price of Our Inheritance" by Neal Shusterman
"If the Formics Love Their Children Too" by Ken Scholes
"Ender's Game: A Guide to Life" by Matt Nix
See also 
- List of characters in the Ender's Game series
- Concepts in the Ender's Game series
- List of works by Orson Scott Card
- Ender's Game (film)
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- "How It Should Have Ended" by Eric James Stone
- "The Monster's Heart" by John Brown
- "The Cost of Breaking the Rules" by Mary Robinette
- "Winning and Losing in Ender’s Game" by Hilari Bell
- "Parallax Regained" by David Lubar, Alison S. Myers
- "Mirror, Mirror" by Alethea Kontis
- "Size Matters" by Janis Ian
- "Rethinking the Child Hero" by Aaron Johnston
- "A Teenless World" by Mette Ivie Harrison
- "Ender on Leadership" by Colonel Tom Ruby
- "Ender Wiggin, USMC" by John F. Schmitt
- "The Price of Our Inheritance" by Neal Shusterman
- "If the Formics Love Their Children Too" by Ken Scholes
- "Ender's Game: A Guide to Life" by Matt Nix
- The official Orson Scott Card website
- The Ender Quartet, Ender's Shadow, and Ender series pages at Tor Books
- The Ender Saga
- Ender's Universe series listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database