Pretty Boy (short story)

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"Pretty Boy"
Pretty Boy (short story).jpg
Artwork for Pretty Boy, by Jin Han
Author Orson Scott Card
Country United States
Language English
Series Ender's Game series
Genre(s) Science fiction
Published in Intergalactic Medicine Show
Publisher Hatrack River Enterprises
Media type Electronic (HTML)
Publication date 2006

"Pretty Boy" is a story by Orson Scott Card set in his Ender's Game universe. It tells the story of how "Bonzo" Madrid got into Battle School. It appears in Card's Webzine InterGalactic Medicine Show.

Plot summary[edit]

"Pretty Boy" is the story of Bonito "Bonzo" Madrid as a child. Bonito was born in Toledo, Spain and given a name that means "pretty boy". His father Amaro was a lawyer and Spanish patriot who adored his son. Because Bonito was very smart, the International Fleet came to test him when he was less than two years old. After that, Amaro took Bonito everywhere and gave him anything he wanted. As he grew older Bonito started to observe his family and discovered that they needed him to be happy so he decided not to go to Battle School. However while studying his parents to find out how to make them happier, he discovered that his father kept a second apartment in the city and told his mother. When he and his mother went to see his grandmother Bonito learned that his father was having an affair with another woman and had broken his mother's heart. Because Bonito did not want to be like his father, he changed his mind and went to Battle School.


  • Tomas Benedito Bonito de Madrid y Valencia
  • Amaro de Madrid - Bonito's father
  • Tester from the International Fleet - unnamed
  • Bonito's mother - unnamed
  • Visitor who liked mother's flatbread - unnamed
  • Amaro's secretary - unnamed
  • Grandma - mother's mother


"Pretty Boy" was published in the March 2006 issue of Intergalactic Medicine Show.[1] It also appears in the anthology Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show.


  1. ^ Orson Scott Card, "Pretty Boy" Intergalactic Medicine Show, March 2006.