Ender's War Author:Orson Scott Card Ender's Game - He was the third of his parents' children to be monitored. Peter, his older brother had been too uncontrollably violent; Valentine, his sister, seemed incapable of violence altogether. So they pinned their hopes on Andrew Wiggin - nicknamed Ender because of Valantine's childish mispronunciation of his name - and took him to Battle... more » School to begin his military education. He was six years old. Only Earth's best made it to Batttle School, where student armies fought mock wars in zero gravity. . . .'games' intended to develop the tactics and strategies human soldiers would need against the alien enemy. The training was tough, but for Ender they made it tougher still - changing the rules of the game without warning, forcing him to stand alone without friends to rely on, pushing his natural abilities to the limit. For, ultimately, if Ender Wiggin proved himself less than brilliant, there was no hope left for the human race.
Speaker for the Dead - Because of their resemblance to certain creatures of old Earth, the people of the Lusitania colony called them "piggies." They were the first intelligent life we had encountered in the 3,000 years since the bugger wars, and the Starways Congress was determined not to contaminate their culture. Therefore the colony was restricted to a fenced-in area and while the resident zenologists were permitted contact, they were forbidden by law to reveal any information about human society. But, of course, the insulation coundn't work. The pigggies had their own ideas about contact with mankind. . . and their own secrets to keep.It was only after they murdered Pipo, the human who had first befriended them, that a Speaker for the Dead - Ender Wiggin hmself - came to find the real meaning of Pipo's life and death, and the astounding truth about the piggies was revealedd.« less