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Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card

Probably my favorite true science fiction novel, about to be a major motion picture starring Harrison Ford as Ender’s mentor…mentor me as well please sir.

The story of “Ender’s Game” is set 70 years after a horrific alien war, and follows an unusually gifted child sent to an advanced military school in space to prepare for a future invasion.

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them…. I destroy them.”

“I think that most of us, anyway, read these stories that we know are not “true” because we’re hungry for another kind of truth: the mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life-communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story. Fiction, because it is not about someone who lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself. ”

“I don’t care if I pass your test, I don’t care if I follow your rules. If you can cheat, so can I. I won’t let you beat me unfairly – I’ll beat you unfairly first.
– Ender ”

“Because never in my entire childhood did I feel like a child. I felt like a person all along–the same person that I am today.”

“Ender Wiggin isn’t a killer. He just wins–thoroughly.”

disclaimer : The author, Orson Scott Card, is a homophobic asshole and nothing he wrote after Ender’s Game is worth a shit…but this first offering is awesome nevertheless.

Card makes no bones about his stance. In an essay in the Mormon Times, he writes that gay marriage “marks the end of democracy in America,” that homosexuality was a “tragic genetic mixup,” and that allowing courts to redefine marriage was a slippery slope towards total homosexual political rule and the classifying of anyone who disagreed as ‘mentally ill.'”