Ender’s Game – The copy I have is a paperback from 1985-1986 which I probably got from my older brother. (When my brother went off to college, he left most of his books at home, so it was like having my own personal library to read from!) I don’t remember when I first read Ender’s game, but it was probably around 1987. I see on Wikipedia that a revised edition was published in 1991 to deal with the fact that the Soviet Union was going away. Who thinks that is cheating? I do. I don’t expect an author to perfectly project all the changes of the future. However, I do find it interesting that the short story the novel is based on was written in 1977.
Do you think Card’s characters of Ender and the other children are believable? This novel is driven more by the characters than just science-fiction “space stuff”, so the believability of the characters is important. I remember being completely pulled into the “what’s going to happen next” of the novel when I read it as a kid. When I read it this summer, I see the characters as a bit too black and white. It feels like Card is forcing Ender down a particular path by the circumstances. Of course, isn’t that what all authors do?
What makes this story science-fiction? Well, there are the spaceships with the ability to travel at near light-speed, the ansible, the zero-gravity battle school, and the war with insect-like aliens. I think that the story could be retold without these elements, but these possible technologies allow the story to move along.
Anybody love or hate the book?