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An edition of Ender's Game (1985)

Enders Spiel


5. Auflage
  • 4.32 ·
  • 195 Ratings
  • 363 Want to read
  • 24 Currently reading
  • 260 Have read
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Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card. Set at an unspecified date in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled humankind after two conflicts with the Formics, an insectoid alien species they dub the "buggers". In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin, are trained from a very young age by putting them through increasingly difficult games, including some in zero gravity, where Ender's tactical genius is revealed.

The book originated as a short story of the same name, published in the August 1977 issue of Analog Science Fiction and Fact. The novel was published on January 15, 1985. Later, by elaborating on characters and plotlines depicted in the novel, Card was able to write additional books in the Ender's Game series. Card also released an updated version of Ender's Game in 1991, changing some political facts to reflect the times more accurately (e.g., to include the recent collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War). The novel has been translated into 34 languages.

Reception of the book has been mostly positive. It has become suggested reading for many military organizations, including the United States Marine Corps. Ender's Game was recognized as "best novel" by the 1985 Nebula Award[3] and the 1986 Hugo Award[4] in the genres of science fiction and fantasy. Its four sequels—Speaker for the Dead (1986), Xenocide (1991), Children of the Mind (1996), and Ender in Exile (2008)—follow Ender's subsequent travels to many different worlds in the galaxy. In addition, the later novella A War of Gifts (2007) and novel Ender's Shadow (1999), plus other novels in the Shadow saga, take place during the same time period as the original.

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Enders Spiel: Roman
2014, Heyne
Mass Market Paperback in German - 5. Auflage
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El juego de Ender
2013-12, B
Paperback in Spanish - Movie Tie-In Edition; 1a ed. 2a reimp.
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Ender's Game
2013, Orbit
Paperback in English - Paperback edition reprint; Film tie-in
Cover of: 安德的游戏
安德的游戏: Ender's Game
Paperback in Chinese
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Ender's Game
2012, Orbit
paperback in English - Reprint
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Ender's game
2008-10, Tor
Mass Market Paperback in English - Canadian mass market edition. Author's definitive edition.
Cover of: Il gioco di Ender
Il gioco di Ender
2005, Nord
in Italian
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Ender's Game
1996?, TOR
Mass Market Paperback in English - Author's Definitive Edition, Revised mass market edition
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La stratégie ender
1994-09-12, J'ai Lu
Paperback in French
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Ender's Game
1985?, Publisher not identified
in English

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