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Ender's Game questions from a student in Singapore
2004


Question
Was Ender meant to symbolize hope for humanity?

OSC Answers
I don't use my characters to symbolize anything. Ender was a kid with extraordinary abilities who was pressed into doing very difficult things by adults who thought they were doing what was necessary to save the human race from an implacable enemy.


Question
Do you believe the adults at the Battle School were correct in their method of training Ender? If not, how should it be changed?

OSC Answers
This question is completely answered in the story, as far as it can be answered. Were they "correct"? How can anyone possibly know? They believed the Buggers were going to destroy the human race; they trained the children to fight the war; the children fought and won, completely and irrevocably. Maybe they would also have won if they did it another way, but how could anyone ever know?


Question
Why did you write Ender's Game?

OSC Answers
Because I thought it was a good story that other people might want to read.


Question
Is there a message that you want told through this book?

OSC Answers
My message is the same in all my books: Here is a story that felt important and true to me. I hope I have written it clearly enough that it might also feel important and true to you.


Question
Do you believe that children should be trained to protect the future?

OSC Answers
I believe that children should be educated (a) so that they know what is expected of a member of adult society and (b) so they are able to adapt to change and have the courage and independence to introduce changes when they believe something is wrong with the society around them.


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