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Speaker for the Dead Mass Market Paperback – Aug 15 1994

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; REV ed. edition (Aug. 15 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812550757
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812550757
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.7 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 159 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 313 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ender Wiggin, the hero and scapegoat of mass alien destruction in Ender's Game, receives a chance at redemption in this novel. Ender, who proclaimed as a mistake his success in wiping out an alien race, wins the opportunity to cope better with a second race, discovered by Portuguese colonists on the planet Lusitania. Orson Scott Card infuses this long, ambitious tale with intellect by casting his characters in social, religious and cultural contexts. Like its predecessor, this book won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Card's novel Ender's Game introduced Ender Wiggin, a young genius who used his military prowess to all but exterminate the "buggers," the first alien race mankind had ever encountered. Wiggin then transformed himself into the "Speaker for the Dead," who claimed it had been a mistake to destroy the alien civilization. Many years later, when a new breed of intelligent life forms called the "piggies" is discovered, Wiggin takes the opportunity to atone for his earlier actions. This long, rich and ambitious novel views the interplay between the races from the differing perspectives of the colonists, ethnologists, biologists, clergy, politicians, a computer artificial intelligence, the lone surviving bugger and the piggies themselves. Card is very good at portraying his characters in these larger, social, religious and cultural contexts. It's unfortunate, then, that many of the book's mysteries and dilemmas seem created just to display Ender's supposedly godlike understanding. A fine, if overlong, novel nonetheless.
Copyright 1986 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Speaker for the Dead is more mature than and, in my opinion, superior to the prequel Ender's Game. In order to partially atone for the xenocide he committed in Ender's Game, Ender Wiggin now spends his time traveling to various planets to speak for dead people upon request, usually many years after the death due to the relativistic effects of near light speed travel. Before each speaking, Ender researches and attempts to figure out what the dead person would have said about his or her own life.
Well, that's mostly what Ender's been up to since his Battle School days and how he's been able to learn extraordinary empathic skills, but it's not what this book's about despite the title! A new intelligent alien species has been discovered on a planet called Lusitania, where a small Catholic community of Portuguese colonists has established the settlement of Milagre, partly in order to be isolated and safe from non-Catholic influences. The community now includes two scientific posts: a xenologer who studies the aliens (the humans call them piggies due to their appearance) and a xenobiologist who primarily works on improving agricultural productivity on this alien world.
One fateful night transforms the colonists' perceptions of the piggies. The aliens torture and butcher Pipo the xenologer in cold blood, keeping him alive as they open his body with a wooden knife and remove organs. Soon after, Ender is called to speak Pipo's death by Milagre's young xenobiologist named Novinha, who was very fond of Pipo. Novinha is crucial to the story because she has sole access to computer files holding the terrible secret of why the piggies killed Pipo; she has sealed them with multiple layers of security to prevent others from learning the secret and dying the same way Pipo did.
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In this volume; Ender Wiggin, and his sister Valentine are living on Lusitania and doing everything to keep the Descolada virus from mutating the human beings, and Ender can not awaken the "Bugger" hive queen (the only survivor of her race that Ender had destroyed in his childhood.
Ender and the human inhabitants of Lusitania discover a form of space travel to travel billions of light years in mere seconds. It works by leaving the physical universe, and once outside the universel your thoughts create reality, meaning you can pop back into the universe anywhere you want to go. However; Ender is the only one that can go outside because he is the only one that can work with Jane (the artifical lifeform he created in Battle school.
In the trip, one of the colonists has legs that do not work, and he wants to be healed, another colonist holds the pattern for recolada (that people and other lifeforms will not be subject to the devastating effects of Descolada; but allow the pequineos, and other lifeforms native to Lusitalia to have their afterlife as another species. In the case of Pequineos; after they died they bacame trees. the trip is successful, the colonist is healed, the Recolada retro virus is created, and Ender accidentaly creates young versions of his brother Peter, and Sister Valentine.
Since they are creations of Ender Wiggin; the AI program Jane can communicate and work with them.
This book has a lot of action and intrigue. I highly recommend it to you.
Wah doh Ogedoda (We give thanks Great Spirit)
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All right, so you've read Ender's Game. You loved it, you loved everything about it. You want more. You rush to the bookstore to find Speaker for the Dead. One small problem: Speaker for the Dead is nothing like Ender's Game.
Ender's Game was a story about a boy and his growth and struggle through the tough times at Battle School, and the war he fights without knowing it's real.
Speaker is set about 3,000 years later. Ender's about 30, this made possible by some quirk of interstellar travel. As a Speaker for the Dead, he comes to Lusitania to speak the death of several people, members of the family intimately connected with the pequininos, the indigenous aliens dubbed the Portuguese equivalent of "piggies". Together with Jane, the sentient computer, the sleeping Hive Queen, and the help of his sister Valentine several light-years away, Andrew (as he now calls himself) must puzzle his way through the deaths and the whys of Novinha's tempestuous family.
It's a good book, but it's a lot different from Ender's Game. Fans of that genre may not like Speaker as much. A good alternative is to read Ender's Shadow, the parallel novel about Bean, set at roughly the same time as Ender's Game. Either way, you get an excellent book.
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The reader from Feb. 10 eloquently summarizes this experience. The very nature of the human thought process is shown fabulously here, for better or for worse. The tendency to understand everything in our own frame of reference creates real problems with the aliens. A great example is described when a human sets off alone for a meeting with a group of the aliens. He is later discovered dead and horribly mutilated. There is never a question of the aliens' involvement. The conclusion is immediately reached that the man was ambushed and murdered. When the very different reality is discovered, anger is instantly replaced with confusion and absolute uncertainty. And that uncertainty is created over and over in this book, as every notion of understanding, friendship, tolerance and acceptance are broken down and rebuilt. Reader responses to the various incidents may vary, but I doubt that any reader will complete this journey untouched. Indeed, the writing is too powerful to be contained in the box we call science fiction. It lays open to everyone and hides nothing.
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