The Ender Quintet opens with Orson Scott Card’saward-winning novel ENDER’S GAME.This beloved classic science fiction novel was the first of the “Ender Universe” novels to be written, and is the pivot point around which everything else revolves.
Andrew “Ender” Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games, at Earth’s elite military academy, the Battle School; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate.Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an inscrutable alien that seeks 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.
Ender’s Game is an international bestseller, read and loved by generations. It has been named one of the top ten science fiction novels of all time.
Ender’s story continues in SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD, Orson Scott Card’s award-winning sequel. Ender Wiggin has run far and fast, using the effects of near-light-speed travel to out-live his past and become nearly anonymous.He is now the Speaker for the Dead, the author of The Hive Queen and The Hegemon,and he has come to the planet Lusitania to tell the truth about a man’s life at his graveside.But Lusitania is a very special place, the first planet humans have found that harbors an intelligent life-form, though it is very strange indeed.And Ender has more reason than any other man to seek communication, and peace between humanity and the pequininos.
The story of Ender on Lusitania continues in the novels XENOCIDE and CHILDREN OF THE MIND.These two books are really a single very long novel that tells the story of how the Starways Congress reacts to the discovery of the descolada on Lusitania, and how Ender and his children and allies might save the world. The descolada is a terrible, incurable disease that kills any human that it infects. It spreads like wildfire, and the Starways Congress knows that quarantines will always be broken.
ENDER IN EXILE is the story of Ender’s first voyage from Earth, and his first arrival on a former Formic colony world. in. In the confined world of the colony ship, Ender’s diplomatic and tactical genius are put to the test against an enemy he cannot kill. This novel falls immediately after ENDER’S GAME in chronological sequence, but was written long after CHILDREN OF THE MIND, and the books of the Shadow series.You can read it at any point after ENDER’S GAME.
Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers." Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977--the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin.
Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many science fiction and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), and stand-alone novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Racheland Leah. Card's work also includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.
Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card. He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.