Nebula and Hugo Award Winner
"Ender's Game is an affecting novel full of surprises that seem inevitable once
they are explained."
-- New York Times Book Review
ndrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he
is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation,
Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy
seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher
training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six
years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.
But Ender is not the only result of the experiment. The war with the Buggers has
been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway
almost as long. Ender's two older siblings, Peter and Valentine, are every bit as unusual as he
is, but in very different ways. While Peter was too uncontrollably violent, Valentine very
nearly lacks the capability for violence altogether. Neither was found suitable for the military's
purpose. But they are driven by their jealousy of Ender, and by their inbred drive for power.
Peter seeks to control the political process, to become a ruler. Valentine's abilities turn more
toward the subtle control of the beliefs of commoner and elite alike, through powerfully
convincing essays. Hiding their youth and identities behind the anonymity of the computer
networks, these two begin working together to shape the destiny of Earth-an Earth that has no
future at all if their brother Ender fails.
Newsday said of this novel "Card has done strong work before, but this could be
the book to break him out of the pack." It was. Ender's Game took the sf world by storm,
sweeping the awards. It won both the Hugo and Nebula, and rose to the top of national
Copyright © 1985 Orson Scott Card
A Tor Book - Published by Tom Doherty Associates, Inc.
Jacket art by John Harris - Jacket design by Carol Russo