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The Authorized Ender Companion
     

The Authorized Ender Companion

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by Orson Scott Card, Jake Black
 

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The Authorized Ender Companion is a complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things and events in Orson Scott Card's Ender Universe. Written by Jake Black under the editorial supervision of Card himself, The Authorized Ender Companion will be an invaluable resource for readers of the series.

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Overview

The Authorized Ender Companion is a complete and in-depth encyclopedia of all the persons, places, things and events in Orson Scott Card's Ender Universe. Written by Jake Black under the editorial supervision of Card himself, The Authorized Ender Companion will be an invaluable resource for readers of the series.

If you ever wondered where Ender went after he left Earth, before he arrived at Lusitania, you'll find the answer here. If you ever wondered how the battle room worked, you'll find the answer here. If you forgot the names of the people were who discovered the descolada, the answer is here. The history of Gloriously Bright's world? Here.

The Authorized Ender Companion contains all that and more. There are character biographies, time-lines, colony histories, and family trees.



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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Dawn Talbott
In this encyclopedia of all things Ender, Black provides a detailed source of information for the world created by Orson Scott Card in Ender's Game (Tor, 1985) and continued through several novels. It begins appropriately with a complete list of every character, including aliases, and important locations that appear in the Ender novels. Following the name is a code that lists the titles in which that person or place appeared. Next is a summary, including the history, personality traits, relationships, and significant events that occurred in that character's life or at that location. Entries range from a couple of sentences to several pages for the names that are integral parts of the Ender world. There is also a listing of every book and story in the Ender series. Each of these entries contains the year published, significant characters, special notes, and a synopsis. Also included is a timeline and Ender's family tree. There is a section describing the development of the screenplay for Ender's Game, and a chapter describing the science behind the technology in the series, complete with illustrations and schematics. The final chapter features letters from a plethora of fans, ranging from school teachers and college students to video game developers and fast food cooks. This volume is definitely an all-inclusive resource for the Ender world, although it may not appeal to readers without an intense interest in the series. Reviewer: Dawn Talbott
School Library Journal
Adult/High School—Written with the support and supervision of Orson Scott Card, this volume contains an encyclopedia as well as several articles related to the "Enderverse" series. Arranged alphabetically, the encyclopedic portion of the book provides quick references to the events, characters, locations, and technology found within Card's popular series. Entries range from a single sentence to several pages. Ender's own entry spans 24 pages. A time line as well as Ender's family tree are appended, followed by a section by Aaron Johnston discussing the development of the Ender's Game screenplay, which provides a unique opportunity to see the process of turning a novel into a movie. An essay by Stephen Sywak speculates on how the technology used in Ender's world might be possible. Finally there is a section called "Friends of Ender," which contains personal reactions to Ender's Game from people in all walks of life. A must-have for any fan of the "Enderverse."—Kelliann Bogan, Colby-Sawyer College, New London, NH
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“A must-have for any fan of the 'Enderverse.'” —School Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781429963480
Publisher:
Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date:
11/10/2009
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Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
432
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960,582
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2 MB

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The Authorized Ender Companion


By Orson Scott Card, Jake Black

Tom Doherty Associates

Copyright © 2009 Hatrack River Enterprises
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-1-4299-6348-0



CHAPTER 1

THE ENDER ENCYCLOPEDIA


Key to Book Title Appearances (listed roughly chronologically):

"Polish Boy" — PL

"Teacher's Pest" — TP

"Mazeri n Prison" — MP

"Pretty Boy" — PB

"Cheater" — CH

"Ender's Game" (Short Story) — EGS

Ender's Game (Novel) — EG

War of Gifts — WG

"Ender's Stocking" — NS

Ender's Shadow — ES

"Ender's Homecoming" — EH

"Gold Bug" — GB

"Young Man with Prospects" — YM

Ender in Exile — EE

Shadow of the Hegemon — SH

Shadow Puppets — SP

Shadow of the Giant — SG

"Investment Counselor" — IC

Speaker for the Dead — SD

Xenocide — XN

Children of the Mind — CM


Note: Titles with [ ] refer to character referenced, but not appearing in the book.


^Graff (ES)

^Graff was the screen name used by Bean Delphiki to break into the Battle School computer.


4gang (XN)

4gang was a computer password used by Han Qing-jao to access the Lusitania Fleet project. It refers to the allies of the wife of the first Communist Chinese leader.


Abo University (CM)

Abo University was a school on the planet Outback that supported the Lusitanian rebellion and the preservation of the sentient computer Jane, contrary to orders from Starways Congress.


Abyssian Hunter (IC)

Ender and Valentine Wiggin sought a room to rent on the planet Sorelledolce. They found a place owned by a man described as the Abyssian hunter. He was both their landlord and roommate.


Adornai, Brother (SD)

Brother Adornai was a teacher at the Catholic School in the monastery called Children of the Mind of Christ on the planet Lusitania. He worked with Grego Ribeira, and was once physically injured by the little boy.


Afraima (EE)

Afraima was an assistant xenobiologist in Shakespeare, the first human colony on a former Formic world. She was married to a man named Evenezer, but wanted to carry the child of her boss, Sel Menach, who was heralded as the smartest man in the colony. She felt that his genes would be the best for her potential child to have. Sel refused her advances, and even left his position as her superior to avoid the temptation.


Ahmed (WG)

Ahmed, a Pakistani, led a group of his fellow Muslim students at Battle School in daily prayer, violating Battle School rules of no religious observance. Ahmed had been put up to the rule-breaking by Christian zealot Zeck Morgan, who was offended that a secret celebration of Christmas and Santa Claus had gone unpunished. Ahmed and his fellow Muslims were arrested and taken away in handcuffs for praying.


Akbar, Ensign (EE)

Ensign Akbar was a crewman aboard Ender's first colony ship. He showed Ender and Valentine Wiggin to their quarters aboard the ship. When the ship arrived at the colony, Ensign Akbar tried to mediate a conflict between colonists Dorabella Toscano and her daughter Alessandra. Since Dorabella was married to the commanding officer of the ship, Admiral Morgan, she threatened Akbar with disciplinary action for his interference in a family matter. Ender Wiggin, the governor of the colony, encouraged Akbar to resign his fleet commission and to stay in the colony. Akbar chose to do just that.


Alai (EG, ES, SH, SP, SG)

Alai was Bernard's best friend at Battle School and a member of Ender Wiggin's launch group. Although initially a member of Bernard's gang, Alai teamed up with Ender in the group's first practice in the Battle Room. Together they joined with Shen and Bernard and froze the rest of their group in that first practice.

Alai and Ender became close friends, and both felt a great sadness when Ender was promoted to Salamander Army more than a year before the rest of his launch group. Alai had a tender good-bye with Ender, quietly sharing a sacred expression of friendship as he left.

Ender, not allowed to practice with Salamander Army, put together a group of friends to practice together during Free Play, including Alai. Alai was committed to these extra practices even when rumors of blacklisting for those participating circulated around Battle School.

Ultimately, though, when Ender was promoted again to commander of Dragon Army, Alai believed the lies and rumors disseminated from the Battle School officers that Ender considered himself too good to practice with the "little guys" anymore. Consequently, Alai felt a bit more motivation to defeat Ender in battle. He promised to whip Ender's ass, stating that the wish of peace they'd shared was not to be.

Alai was one of Ender's squadron leaders at Command School (after being at Tactical School for one week), commanding fleets of ships that he thought were simulated, but which were actually real. After Ender's victory over the Formic home world, it was Alai who told Ender about the war on Earth, and the conflicts that arose from it.

He was among those of Ender's colleagues who were kidnapped and taken to an undisclosed location in Russia where he was forced to play war games with his friends. He hoped that they would be able to contact Peter Wiggin who, he thought, held the key to their freedom.

When it was revealed the former Battle School student and serial killer Achilles Flandres was their captor, Alai and his friends were moved to separate locations throughout Russia. They continued their war games and were only allowed to communicate with each other via e-mail.

Along with his fellow prisoners (minus Petra Arkanian), Alai was rescued by Russian operatives. The mission was unimpeded by Achilles who focused his energies only on Petra.

Alai used his tremendous intelligence to achieve a position of great influence in the Muslim world. He led the powerful Muslim League. Bean knew that he needed Alai's help, and thereby the Muslim world's, to defeat Achilles as he continued his plans of world domination. Bean sent their mutual friend, Ambul, to Alai to seek audience for Bean and Petra, who were in hiding. The Muslim world, under Alai's direction, had become very isolated. Getting an audience with Alai would be very difficult, but Bean believed Ambul could accomplish the challenging task.

Ambul was successful, and Alai dispatched several Indonesian soldiers to rescue Bean and Petra, who were to be kidnapped from the Rotterdam women's clinic where they'd undergone an embryonic implantation. Alai promised safety in Damascus. It was revealed that Alai was not only the leader of the Muslim League, but was the Caliph who led all Muslims.

Upon Petra's arrival in Damascus, Alai treated her with somber respect. They were friends from Battle School, of course, but there was an emotional distance between them that they had not felt in their relationship before. Alai promised that while the Muslim world no longer made war on the West, and did not plan to attack China or any other nation, he viewed Achilles as an enemy, and vowed to help find Petra's stolen frozen embryos.

For months, Alai worked with Bean to plan a military invasion of China, freeing the captured Muslim peoples of Asia. Though Alai didn't trust Bean as much as he did the rest of his inner circle, they worked well together. Bean encouraged Alai to contact Vlad in Russia and Virlomi in India and to coordinate their attack with the soldiers at the others' disposal. Alai disagreed, but went forward with the attack anyway.

The invasion of China went very well. The Chinese government ignored the Muslim advances, discounting them as an insurgency. It made Alai a little nervous that it was too good to be true. Petra and Bean reassured him all was well and that it was time for him to make his first live speech as the new Caliph. He would update his people on the progress of the invasion and unify the Muslim world more so than he already had.

Fireworks preceded the speech in Damascus. Many people rushed into the streets to hear Alai address them. Petra and Bean left Alai's compound and watched the speech from a restaurant.

Alai was hailed as a great leader and a divinely appointed ruler. His soldiers were successful in freeing Asia from the Chinese military, and his influence was felt all over the world.

A few weeks after the victory over China, Alai met with Peter Wiggin and Petra. Peter had hoped to find an ally in Alai. They revealed to the Caliph that his people were murdering innocents in India, and that his position was one of figurehead, without true power. Alai, realizing this was true, took greater control over his inner circle and exercised real influence in the Muslim world. While he did not promise an alliance with the Hegemon Peter Wiggin, he reassured the leader that he would prevent further murders by Muslims in Asia and would take greater control as the leader of his people.

To accomplish this, he left the compound in Damascus and headed for the battlefields of India. There he would kill the rebellious general who led his armies in the killing of innocents that had been broadcast across the news nets. Along the way he met with Peter Wiggin, who asked that Alai name a successor who would be loyal to the Hegemony if Alai were killed in India. Alai made such a statement on a vid, but it was unnecessary. His execution of the rebel general went perfectly, and the soldiers renewed their commitment to follow Alai.

Alai was certain that it would be he, not Peter, who would unify the world. He set up a new compound in India. Virlomi lived in a small hut just outside the compound. Her presence kept the Muslim and Indian people in check as neither side wanted to provoke the other.

Virlomi convinced Alai to marry her, unifying the Hindu and Muslim worlds. But Virlomi's ambition was too much for Alai, and he quickly fell out of love with her. She wanted to overthrow Peter Wiggin and rule the world; Alai had only wanted peace and unity between the peoples. Trapped in his marriage by threat of war against his people by Virlomi, Alai didn't know what to do. All he was sure of was that Virlomi had believed she was the goddess of India and was not an equal as he'd thought she'd be.

He was shocked to realize that many of his followers hated him, joining Virlomi's side because of her expansionist policies. He survived an assassination attempt made by those who were loyal to Virlomi over him. He escaped from India and returned to Damascus where he released a video statement calling for all true Muslims to embrace the religion of peace and to stop attacking others.

He called for revolution, and the result was the breakup of the Muslim world. Eventually, the various Islamic factions would join the Free People of Earth, Peter Wiggin's world government organization of peace. Alai, still believing himself Caliph, nonetheless left Earth to join a colony in space. It is unknown to what colony he went, though it is believed it was Mecca.


Alamander (SG)

Alamander was an adviser to Alai when the latter became the Caliphate of the Muslim world. Alamander was against the expansionist policies of the Free People of Earth, but for those of Alai and the Muslims.

When it became clear to Alamander that Alai was not a true expansionist, he joined a conspiracy to kill the Caliph. Alai killed Alamander during the attempted assassination, escaping to continue his reign.


Albion (See Hundred Worlds)

Alvarez, Joao Figueira "Pipo" (SD)

Pipo was the xenobiologist on the planet Lusitania. He worked closely with his son Libo, and studied the native Lusitania life — the pequeninos (or "piggies"). He built relationships with the piggies, gaining their trust, but was forbidden from sharing elements of human culture with them.

He was married to a woman named Conceição, and with her had six children. They were, like most of the population at Lusitania, actively Catholic.

When the leaders of the Children of the Mind of Christ on Lusitania came to him, asking him to see if a thirteen-year-old girl named Novinha was ready to take the xenobiologist certification test, he agreed to let her, though it was early.

Sadly, Pipo's friend among the piggies, Rooter, was killed by decree of the females of his race. In Rooter's heart was planted a tree, which the other piggies would later worship. Pipo and Libo were concerned but fascinated by this development.

A few years later, Pipo and Novinha unlocked the secret of the Descolada. The virus unraveled DNA and inserted proteins inside. Pipo recognized something previously hidden from him and raced to speak with the piggies to confirm his findings. He was killed by the small creatures, but unlike Rooter, a tree was not planted in his chest. Libo and Novinha discovered his body.

Andrew Wiggin was first called by Novinha to Speak Pipo's death. Though the call was rescinded shortly afterward, Andrew was already on his way to Lusitania.


Amaauka, Keikoa (XN)

As a young girl, Keikoa Amaauka fell in love with Han Fei-tzu on the Chinese planet Path. She left Fei-tzu when her family was exiled by the Starways Congress for discovering that the people of Path, who were thought to be godspoken — the chosen vessels for the will of the gods — actually suffered from a genetic mutation that resulted in the symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder. They did not suffer the actual disorder. The godspoken were not controlled by the gods, but by their own perceived compulsion.

In order to manipulate the people of Path, though, the Starways Congress didn't allow this information to be disseminated among the people. To keep it quiet, the Amaauka family was exiled.

Years later, the sentient computer program, Jane, appeared to Han Feitzu as Keikoa, revealing the research to him.


Amado (SD)

Amado was a child of Gusto and Cida, early xenobiologists on the planet Lusitania, and was killed by the Descolada virus.


Amaranth (SD, XN, CM)

Amaranth was a grain invented by the xenobiologists on the planet Lusitania.


Amato ([EE])

Amato was a citizen in the first human colony on a former Formic world, Shakespeare. He divorced his wife.


Ambul (ES, SP, SG)

Ambul was a soldier and toon leader from Thailand in Bean's first command, Rabbit Army, at Battle School. He was a good, reliable soldier, though he had been known to act insubordinately to commanders whose orders he disagreed with. He was toon leader to Bean's one-time enemy, Achilles Flandres, who had been assigned to Rabbit Army as a test of Bean's command ability.

Years later, after Ender defeated the Formics and Battle School was shut down, Ambul returned to his native Thailand. Unlike the many other Thai students from Battle School, Ambul was not considered to be an asset to the government or the military. As such, he returned to normal school.

When Thailand fell at the hands of the Achilles-led Chinese, Ambul escaped with his family to London. He was able to remain hidden in the United Kingdom for months, surfacing only after Bean, who was running underground from Achilles, contacted him.

Bean sent Ambul to visit Alai in Damascus. Alai, one of their Battle School colleagues, had ascended to a position of great influence within the Muslim world. Ambul was to solicit the Muslim world's support against Achilles and his plans for world domination. Ambul agreed to go on the mission, but was certain it was futile, given the segregated nature of the Muslim League and its general unwillingness to aid non-Muslims.

In setting up the meeting with Alai for Petra and Bean, Ambul made one request: that he fight alongside the Muslim soldiers as they liberate Asia, including Ambul's home of Thailand. Alai approved the request, and Ambul fought nobly and with full commitment alongside his fellow soldiers. He was assigned to a Muslim army from Indonesia, so he would not look too different from his fellow soldiers.

Once the liberation of Asia was completed, Ambul became the Minister of Defense in Thailand. Peter Wiggin, hoping to find in him an ally, contacted Ambul and assured him that the Hegemony — and Suriyawong specifically — were loyal to Thailand. Eventually, Thailand became loyal to the Hegemony, too, and joined the Free People of Earth.


Ancestor-of-the-heart (XN, CM)

The term "ancestor-of-the-heart" refers to the person for whom a citizen of the planet Path was named. The individual so named is to strive to be equal in honor and nobility to their ancestor-of-the-heart, and seems to share personality traits. An ancestor-of-the-heart is believed to watch over their namesake.


(Continues...)

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Meet the Author

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and it's 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 novelet 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 sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy 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 Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work 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.

JAKE BLACK has written for several popular franchises and characters including Smallville, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Twilight, Star Trek, and many others. He is also the author of Marvel Comics' Ender series comic books "Gold Bug," "Cheater," and "Recruiting Valentine." He lives in a quiet Utah town with his wife and son.


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 sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy 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 Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work 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.


Jake Black has written for several popular franchises and characters including Smallville, Batman, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Twilight, Star Trek, and many others.  He is also the author of Marvel Comics’ Ender series comic books “Gold Bug,” “Cheater,” and “Recruiting Valentine.” He lives in a quiet Utah town with his wife and son.

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Hometown:
Greensboro, North Carolina
Date of Birth:
August 24, 1951
Place of Birth:
Richland, Washington
Education:
B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981
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KR_J More than 1 year ago
The book itself is great for fans of the Enderverse. Keep in mind it is a reference book only, there is no plot. The one big problem is has is the diagrams, timelines, family trees, etc. cannot be enlarged in anyway. They are one page each on the Nook, but there is no way to enlarge it to make it readable. I tried with reading glasses and a magnifer and still could not make Ender's Family Tree nor the Timeline readable. I think this was a big thing to overlook since the Timeline was referenced several times in the book, and in the forward or afterword of other books.
EKC More than 1 year ago
Great reference book. No plot, no story line, just a dictionary of all things, places, and people of Ender's life. Fun to read because you suddenly remember the book a certain character appeared in and what happened with this character. It's almost like reading the books again ... going back through Ender's history. A must for every Ender fan.
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