Ender's Game (series)

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The Ender's Game series (often referred to as the Ender saga and also the Enderverse) is a series of science fiction books written by American author Orson Scott Card. The series started with the novelette Ender's Game, which was later expanded into the novel of the same title. It currently consists of sixteen novels, thirteen short stories, 47 comic issues, an audioplay, and a film. The first two novels in the series, Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, each won both the Hugo[1][2] and Nebula[1][3] 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 formally as "Formics", but more colloquially as "Buggers". The series protagonist, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, is one of the child soldiers trained at Battle School (and eventually Command School) to be the future leaders for the protection of Earth.


Ender series[edit]

Starting with Ender's Game, five novels (also known as the "Ender Quintet") have been released that tell the story of Ender. Card first wrote Ender's Game as a novelette, but went back and expanded it into a novel so that he could use Ender in another novel, Speaker for the Dead. That novel takes place three thousand and two 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, the novels in the Speaker trilogy (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.

A War of Gifts: An Ender Story was released in October 2007.[4] It is a parallel story set during Ender's first year in Battle School.

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 (and thus serves as a replacement for the last chapter of Ender's Game and as a sequel to the remainder of the novel), as well as his meeting a character from the parallel Shadow saga (effectively wrapping up a remaining plotline in the parallel series).

Shadow saga[edit]

Starting with Ender's Shadow, five more novels have been released that tell the story of the people whom Ender left behind – this has been dubbed the Shadow saga (also known as the "Shadow Quintet").

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 the first three sequels, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets and Shadow of the Giant tell the story of the struggle for world dominance after the Bugger War. This involves the Battle School children, as well as Ender's brother, Peter Wiggin, and Petra Arkanian going up against Achilles de Flandres (from Poke's crew).

A sequel novel to Shadow of the Giant named Shadows in Flight further introduces three of Bean's children, those who also have Anton's key turned.

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.

Formic Wars[edit]

The First Formic War[edit]

Card and Aaron Johnston wrote a trilogy to cover the events of the First Formic War. Chronologically, this series comes before all other books in the Ender's Game series. Earth Unaware was released on July 17, 2012. Earth Afire, was released on June 4, 2013,[5] and Earth Awakens[6] on June 10, 2014.

The Second Formic War[edit]

On November 4, 2013, Johnston confirmed[7] work on a second trilogy of novels covering the Second Formic War, with the manuscript for the first book due in 2014.[8] The planned titles of the novels are (in order) The Swarm, The Hive, and The Queens.[9] The Swarm, continuing the stories of Victor Delgado (Vico), Mazer Rackham, and Bingwen,[10] was released on August 2, 2016.[11][12]

Fleet School[edit]

According to an interview with Orson Scott Card[13] at Southern Virginia University, Fleet School[14] is "a new set of sequels to Ender's Game. It's for a young adult audience. It's what happens to Battle School after the International Fleet loses its purpose of war. It becomes what is called Fleet School, and it prepares kids to become commanders / explorers in the colonies that are going to be forming. We get to see that as the school administrators repurpose the school, the Battle Room is still there, but it's a whole different kind of education." On November 12, 2015, Orson Scott Card announced the title of the series and its first novel,[15] Children of the Fleet was released on October 10, 2017.[16]


Novels in the series[edit]

To date, there are six novels in the Ender's Game series, five novels in the Shadow Saga and 4 novels in the Formic Wars 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.[17] The books can be read in the order in which they were originally written or in chronological order.

Publication date[edit]

# Title Words Release Awards/Notes
1 Ender's Game 100,758[18] 1985 Nebula Award winner, 1985;[1] Hugo Award winner, 1986;[1] Locus Award nominee, 1986[1]
2 Speaker for the Dead 128,573[19] 1986 Nebula Award winner, 1986;[1] Hugo & Locus Awards winner, 1987;[1] Campbell Award nominee, 1987[1]
3 Xenocide 183,062[20] 1991 Hugo and Locus Awards nominee, 1992[21]
4 Children of the Mind 114,367[22] 1996
5 Ender's Shadow 140,223[23] 1999 Shortlisted for a Locus Award, 2000[24]
6 Shadow of the Hegemon 114,042[25] 2001 Shortlisted for a Locus Award, 2002[26]
7 Shadow Puppets 99,561[27] 2002
8 Shadow of the Giant 106,531[28] 2005
9 A War of Gifts: An Ender Story 20,922[29] 2007
10 Ender in Exile 126,600[30] 2008
11 Shadows in Flight 54,113[31] 2012
12 Earth Unaware 129,137[32] 2012
13 Earth Afire 147,159[33] 2013
14 Earth Awakens 135,172[34] 2014
15 The Swarm 154,554[citation needed] 2016
16 Children of the Fleet TBA 2017
17 The Hive[9] TBA TBA
18 The Queens[9] TBA TBA
19 Shadows Alive[35] TBA TBA "Shadows in Flight" was originally planned as part of "Shadows Alive"[36][37]
Total 1,754,774

Chronological order[edit]

  1. Earth Unaware
  2. Earth Afire
  3. Earth Awakens
  4. The Swarm
  5. The Hive (TBA)
  6. The Queens (TBA)
  7. Ender's Game
  8. Ender's Shadow (Note: The events of Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow take place in roughly the same time period.)
  9. A War of Gifts (Note: This takes place during Ender's Game/Ender's Shadow.)
  10. Children of the Fleet
  11. Shadow of the Hegemon
  12. Shadow Puppets
  13. Shadow of the Giant
  14. Ender in Exile (Note: Beginning takes place during Shadow of the Hegemon and through Shadow of the Giant)
  15. Shadows in Flight
  16. Speaker for the Dead
  17. Xenocide
  18. Children of the Mind
  19. Shadows Alive (TBA)

Short stories in the series[edit]

First Meetings[edit]

First Meetings is a collection of short stories whose settings range from before Ender's Game until after Shadows in Flight and was first released in 2002.

Comic books in the series[edit]

Comic books in the Ender Universe are currently being published by Marvel Comics.


In 2014, Satō Shūhō's manga, Ender's Game (Jp Ender no Game) appeared.[citation needed]



The film Ender's Game was released in the UK on October 25, 2013 and in the USA on November 1, 2013. The first script was based on two installments of the Ender series, Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow, when optioned by Warner Brothers, but was adapted to focus exclusively on Ender's Game when purchased by Lionsgate.[38] The cast includes Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kingsley, and Asa Butterfield as Ender Wiggin. The film was directed by Gavin Hood.[39][40]


The Authorized Ender Companion[edit]

Written by Jake Black, The Authorized Ender Companion is "the indispensable guide to the universe of Ender's Game."[41] 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 Screenplay 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[edit]

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[42] by Orson Scott Card, who edited Ender's World and answers from many fan-submitted Enderverse questions from the Smart Pop Books Website.[43] The following essays are included in the compilation:

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "1987 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  3. ^ "1985 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  4. ^ Orson Scott Card at Fantastic Fiction
  5. ^ Aaron Johnston [@AaronWJohnston] (October 30, 2012). "EARTH AFIRE, the sequel to EARTH UNAWARE by me and @orsonscottcard will be released on June 4, 2013" (Tweet). Retrieved April 12, 2013 – via Twitter. 
  6. ^ Aaron Johnston [@AaronWJohnston] (March 15, 2013). "Title for book 3 of First Formic Trilogy will be EARTH AWAKENS" (Tweet). Retrieved April 12, 2013 – via Twitter. 
  7. ^ Aaron Johnston [@AaronWJohnston] (November 4, 2013). "@therootsundo Thanks. Hope you like book three. And the three more after that. There's another trilogy coming. The Second Formic War" (Tweet). Retrieved November 4, 2013 – via Twitter. 
  8. ^ Aaron Johnston [@AaronWJohnston] (November 4, 2013). "@EndersAnsible @therootsundo Yes. The second trilogy is happening. Manuscript for book one is due in 2014" (Tweet). Retrieved November 4, 2013 – via Twitter. 
  9. ^ a b c Orson Scott Card [@OrsonScottCard] (April 3, 2014). "The Second Formic Wars trilogy titles released: The Swarm; The Hive; The Queens" (Tweet). Retrieved April 21, 2013 – via Twitter. 
  10. ^ Aaron Johnston [@AaronWJohnston] (July 2, 2015). "@nolan724 You're welcome. The next trilogy will continue Vico's story, as well as the others. Book one is written. Titled: THE SWARM" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  11. ^ Aaron Johnston [@AaronWJohnston] (December 3, 2015). "The cover for our next novel. Due August 2. Art by the incredible John Harris ift.tt/1HJJkpO" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 
  12. ^ "Fiction Book Review: The Swarm by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston (Tor)". ISBN 978-0-7653-7562-9. Retrieved 2016-09-01. 
  13. ^ "Orson Scott Card announces new sequels to Ender's Game". SouthernVirginiaUniv's YouTube Channel. Retrieved 2013-11-01. 
  14. ^ "Orson Scott Card interview – the extended version". New Zealand Listener. Retrieved 2013-10-31. 
  15. ^ "Orson Scott Card tweet". Twitter. Retrieved 2015-11-12. 
  16. ^ "Children of the Fleet (Fleet School)". Amazon. Retrieved 2017-03-22. 
  17. ^ Card, Orson Scott. "Question: What's the 'preferred' order of reading the Ender series?". Frequently Asked Questions. Hatrack.com. Retrieved 2007-05-15. 
  18. ^ "Ender's Game Text Stats". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Speaker for the Dead Text Stats". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  20. ^ "Xenocide Text Stats". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  21. ^ "1992 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  22. ^ "Children of the Mind Text Stats". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  23. ^ "Ender's Shadow Text Stats". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  24. ^ "2000 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  25. ^ "Shadow of the Hegemon Text Stats". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  26. ^ "2002 Award Winners & Nominees". Worlds Without End. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  27. ^ "Shadow Puppets Text Stats". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  28. ^ "Shadow of the Giant Text Stats". Amazon.com. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  29. ^ "A War of Gifts: An Ender Story Book Details". AR BookFinder. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  30. ^ "Ender in Exile Book Details". AR BookFinder. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  31. ^ "Shadows in Flight Book Details". AR BookFinder. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  32. ^ "Earth Unaware Book Details". AR BookFinder. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  33. ^ "Earth Afire Book Details". AR BookFinder. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  34. ^ "Earth Awakens Book Details". AR BookFinder. Retrieved 28 November 2016. 
  35. ^ Peterson, Matthew (2009-11-12). "Orson Scott Card - Online Radio Interview with the Author". The Author Hour radio show. 
  36. ^ "Amazon.com: Shadows in Flight (The Shadow) (9780765332004): Orson Scott Card: Books". 
  37. ^ Card, Orson Scott (2011-07-15). "Hatrack River Forums:Shadows in Flight". 
  38. ^ http://www.endersansible.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/7-18-2013-Interview.mp3
  39. ^ "Ender's Game". Retrieved 2013-01-22. 
  40. ^ Ender's Shadow Audiobook, author's epilogue
  41. ^ Black, Jake (2009). The Authorized Ender Companion. Tor Books. ISBN 978-0-7653-2063-6. 
  42. ^ Introduction: Ender's World
  43. ^ Ask Orson Scott Card a question about Ender’s Game!
  44. ^ "How It Should Have Ended" by Eric James Stone
  45. ^ "The Monster's Heart" by John Brown
  46. ^ "The Cost of Breaking the Rules" by Mary Robinette
  47. ^ "Winning and Losing in Ender’s Game" by Hilari Bell
  48. ^ "Parallax Regained" by David Lubar, Alison S. Myers
  49. ^ "Mirror, Mirror" by Alethea Kontis
  50. ^ "Size Matters" by Janis Ian
  51. ^ "Rethinking the Child Hero" by Aaron Johnston
  52. ^ "A Teenless World" by Mette Ivie Harrison
  53. ^ "Ender on Leadership" by Colonel Tom Ruby
  54. ^ "Ender Wiggin, USMC" by John F. Schmitt
  55. ^ "The Price of Our Inheritance" by Neal Shusterman
  56. ^ "If the Formics Love Their Children Too" by Ken Scholes
  57. ^ "Ender's Game: A Guide to Life" by Matt Nix

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