Ender's Game

Posted by Brian Sun, 04 Apr 2010 20:27:36 GMT

Ender’s Game
By Orson Scott Card


Ender’s Game has been on my reading list for years, but I just got to it last month. It is considered a classic of science fiction and propelled Card into the upper echelon of sci-fi authors. I wanted to concentrate on the controversies surrounding the novel here, but it seem that many of those include details from later books in the series. I would rather read those before reading about the controversies in detail and forming an opinion. Instead I will simply share some thoughts on the foreword to the version I read form Orson Scott Card.

In that foreword he briefly discusses the treatment of the gifted in our society, mainly the assumption that children are not capable of complex thoughts. I have always found this view to be ridiculous. Of course Card takes this to the opposite extreme by having Ender’s siblings manipulate humanity from a young age, leading to one ruling Earth and another leading the first expedition to an alien planet. However, there is a vast middle ground between those two extremes that most children fall into and it important to recognize that there is vast spread in that middle ground. Our current education system mostly ignores these differences though.

I’m not going much of anywhere with this and I’m having a serious case of writer’s block so let me just say that Ender’s Game is a fabulous morality tale told through the eyes of children and the adults manipulating them. Card’s writing consciously avoids needlessly complicated language, something he disdains. Card’s portrayal of Ender as sympathetic character may be tough for some to swallow, but it will certainly make you think.


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