Speaker for the Dead

The Ender Quintet

Orson Scott Card

Tor Books



Mass Market Paperbound

416 Pages



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Winner of both the Hugo and Nebula Awards

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story of the Bugger War.

Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening—and again, humans must die. And only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, has the courage to confront the mystery. And the truth.

This is the equally compelling sequel to Card's masterful Ender's Game.


Praise for Speaker for the Dead

"A great read."—UPI Reviews

"Less brash than Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead may be a much better book. Don't miss it."—Analog

"Told with compassion and keen insight, this powerful sequel [is] highly recommended."—Library Journal

"The most powerful work Card has produced. Speaker not only completes Ender's Game, it transcends it."—Fantasy Review

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Since we are not yet fully comfortable with the idea that people from the next village are as human as ourselves, it is presumptuous in the extreme to suppose we could ever look at sociable, tool-making creatures who arose from other evolutionary paths and see not beasts but brothers, not rivals but fellow pilgrims journeying to the shrine of intelligence.

Yet that is what I see, or yearn to see. The difference between raman and varelse is not in the creature judged, but in the creature judging. When we declare an alien species to be raman, it does

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  • Nobody had ever won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards two years in a row, until Orson Scott Card received them for Ender's Game and its sequel, Speaker for the Dead, in 1986 and 1987. Card's many SF novels have been translated into several languages.
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