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Speaker for the Dead (1986)

de Orson Scott Card

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Séries: Ender Saga (2), Ender's Game (2), Enderverse (15)

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The thrilling sequel to Ender's Game and winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards??this full cast unabridged recording includes an original postscript written and recorded by author Orson Scott Card.
Three thousand years have passed since Ender Wiggin won humanity's war with the Buggers by totally destroying them. Ender remains young, traveling the stars at the speed of relativity, but a hundred years or more might pass on Earth while he experiences a month-long voyage. In three thousand years, Ender's books The Hive Queen and The Hegemon, written under a pseudonym, have become holy writ, while the name of Ender itself has become anathema: he is the Xenocide, the one who killed an entire race of thinking, feeling beings, killed the only other sapient race humankind had found in all the galaxy.
The only ones, that is, until the planet called Lusitania was discovered and colonized. The discovery was seen as a gift to humanity, a chance to redeem the destruction of the Buggers. This time, the Starways Congress vowed, there would be no tragic misunderstanding leading to war. But once again men die, killed by the aliens in a rite no one understands. Ender, now known only as the Speaker for the Dead, comes to Lusitania to speak for those who have died and discovers that in order to tell the truth about them, he must unravel the secrets of Lusitania.
Speaker for the Dead, the second novel in The Ender Saga, is the winner of the 1986 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1987 Hugo Award for Best Novel.… (mais)

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    City of Pearl de Karen Traviss (saltmanz)
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  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
Sequel to Ender's Game, set three thousand years after its end. Ender is now a Speaker for the Dead, recounting the lives, motives, thoughts and actions of those he is called to speak.

Orson Scott Card wrote Ender's Game almost as an introduction to this book. Although it did not recieve as much recognition, it deals with many more complex issues - especially the treatment of strangers through Demosthenes' groupings of utlanning, framling, ramen and varelse. Much of the story focuses on recognising that the species known as piggies are ramen, the stranger that is human but not homo sapiens, rather than varelse, like the animals. Brings up ideas of how we judge others that we don't know. Neither the Xenocide nor minimal intervention is the right way.

Other characters include Novinha, a xenobiologist, and her children in the colony. They tell us something of fear and guilt, and the way that different people deal with different issues (Ender's speaking is masterful in its comprehension of the events, as well as the audience reaction.)

Enjoyable also due to the concepts of scifi technology introduced. The ansibles enable instantaneous communication, but the ideas behind starflight, protection, genetic engineering, and the unique biology of Lusitania are ideas worth revisiting.

Definitely looking forward to Xenocide, the next book. ( )
  Zedseayou | Jan 30, 2024 |
Might currently be my favorite book (circa 2020).

Significantly better than Ender's Game; the ending of the first book was simply worthless. ( )
  MXMLLN | Jan 12, 2024 |
I started reading this book when I was a kid, after I finished Ender's game, but it didn't appeal to me. I'm glad I decided to give it a second chance, because this time around, I thought it was really good. The tone and atmosphere of the book are very different, I find. Ender is an adult, and is in a completely different situation now. He is no longer being controlled and no longer in school.
Speaker for the dead deals with tolerance, truth and cultural (racial) differences. The characters are well developed. You can understand how they came to make the decisions that they do (which is important, because that is part of what the book is about). This not only goes for the human characters, but also for the piggies. Perhaps especially for the piggies. I very much like the way the biological mysteries are presented, and how the answers make everything clear. Partly I think there is some simplification going on: everybody has clear reasons for what they do, whereas in real life, I think things tend to be a bit more muddled. On the other hand, this is part of what Ender does as a speaker. He takes the muddle of everything and structures it so people can understand. Quite possibly, not even the person he speaks for would have known enough to be able to tell their own story: it is difficult to be impartial about yourself, and we are probably the most muddled about things that come close. But if the speaking is good, than that person would have resonated with the clarity Ender gives things. That clarity also permeates the book. Even though the subjects can be emotional, they are presented in a rational way. This makes it possible to lay the book aside, but doesn't take away from its allure. As a matter of fact, I happened to finish the book at 3 am in the morning (on a friday night, fortunately). If it had been a weekday, I could have put the book away, but since it wasn't, I didn't want to. ( )
  zjakkelien | Jan 2, 2024 |
Winner: Hugo Award Best Novel.
Winner: Nebula Award Best Novel.
Winner: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel.
Nominee: Campbell Award Best SF Novel.

Ender’s Game was originally written and published as a short story in 1977. Several years later, Card got the idea for Speaker for the Dead – a sequel – which would only make sense if Ender’s Game were extended into a novel. So he published the novel Ender’s Game in 1984 to critical acclaim. It was followed shortly thereafter by Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind. These books collected are known as the Ender quartet.

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. Speaker for the Dead picks up many years later (well, thousands actually), when a new breed of intelligent life forms called the ``piggies'' is discovered. This gives Wiggin the opportunity to atone for his earlier actions in Ender’s Game.

As noted, speaker for the Dead takes place three thousand years after Ender’s Game, and Ender has spent most of those three thousand years in interstellar travel, and as a result he appears to be only in his mid-thirties. Valentine is still traveling with him, too. By this time, Ender has learned that he did not really wipe out all of the alien species back when he was young, and he has possession of a cocoon containing a hive queen, whose egg sac is potentially capable of replenishing the species. Ender has learned how to communicate with the hive queen, and he knows that her species is not evil and will never hurt humans again if he allows her to settle on a planet and lay her eggs. In the three thousand years since he wiped out the majority of her species, Ender has gone from being perceived as the hero who saved humanity to being vilified as a ‘xenocide’ – an evil villain who wiped out an entire species in cold blood (even though the military deemed him a hero). His status is semi-mythological, and of course everyone assumes that Ender is long dead and fails to connect the wise, quiet interstellar wanderer named Andrew Wiggin with the horrible murderer of the past.

What’s interesting is that Ender isn’t really the protagonist of Speaker for The Dead. This novel is about a group of Portugese-speaking Catholic colonists who have settled a planet called Lusitania. These colonists share their planet with a sentient species that they call the pequininos, or “piggies”. The heroes of Speaker for the Dead are the scientists (‘xenobiologists’) and anthropologists (‘xenologists’) who have been granted permission to initiate closely guarded contact with the piggies. All other humans on the planet are kept contained in an area bounded by an electric fence at all times.

The novel really focuses on Novinha. She is a woman whose life – like Ender’s – is circumscribed by guilt. She was part of a family who is charged with studying this species on Lusitania and the small community of the colony in which they live. We see 3 generations of this family over the course of the book, but most of the novel focuses on Novinha and her 6 children. Novinha life is one of constant interactions with death, on several occasions and twice at the hands of the alien species. These deaths deflate humanity's hope of peaceful coexistence with the aliens.

Into this mix comes Ender, who is now a Speaker for the Dead, which is a sort of humanist priesthood of people who learn about those who have died and speak the truth of their lives, their hopes, fears, intentions, virtues, and vices. He is called by several members of the family to speak the deaths they have experienced in an act of defiance of the Catholic hierarchy that essentially runs the colony.

Ender comes to Lusitania, solves everyone’s problems with his infinite wisdom, falls in love with Novinha and decides to stay with her forever, gets to know the piggies and discovers that – of course – they are not really evil, JUST MISUNDERSTOOD. He figures out why they keep killing off everyone that Novinha loves, and he arranges for them never to do this again. He also reveals his identity as the original Ender and manages not to get murdered by an angry mob. He establishes the hive queen on the planet – which will now be the only known planet where three sentient species will live side by side.

It all ends on a very beautiful, hopeful note. Yes, Ender is able to atone for his sins. Seems like the sort of conclusion that is tied up with a nice little bow...except that everyone, including Ender, are just so broken….it makes the ending that much more believable and satisfying.

Speaker for the Dead does have a bit of a religious agenda, as all the Ender novels do – and religious proselytizing disguised as sci-fi can be off putting to say the least. Card’s Mormonism is occasionally on display here and it's bothersome. But that aside, there are some fare criticisms of the Catholic church here as well. Catholicism has a long history of abusive missionary work through the use of canon law and crusades to coerce conversions and to subdue heathens. The catholic tradition in the Latin West grew out of the foundations of Rome which claimed the founding of a settlement or a “colony” was in a sense, a military expedition. Card's imaginating of the Catholic church expanding its governmental reach to the stars and its attempt to run the colony of Lusitania is fascinating and raises interesting questions about belief, governing, and politics. And his critique of the church, in the form of Ender as The Speaker for The Dead is spot on. Yet, while Card critiques the Catholic religion he also inserts his own religious stance in the narrative as mentioned. The life stages of the "piggies" in Speaker for the Dead correspond to phases of life in the LDS's plan of salvation which is kind of weird.

However, don’t let this stop you from reading this important work of sci-fi.

Why? This book has a lot to say about the trans formative powers of isolation and suffering. It has a lot to say about the corruptible nature of humanity and our institutions. It is a book about morality, guilt, and redemption. Yes, this is a heavy, adult themed sci-fi novel about philosophical concepts. Yes, this isn’t the YA novel we loved growing up (Ender’s Game). This is about becoming an adult, dealing with our past, and recognizing the flaws within ourselves and within the systems we create.

This book reminds us that:

“Sickness and healing are in every heart. Death and deliverance are in every hand. The truth is a beautiful and terrible thing, and therefore should be treated with great caution.”

Not only is Speaker for The Dead an amazing work of sci-fi. It’s one of the best pieces of literature ever written.
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  ryantlaferney87 | Dec 8, 2023 |
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The thrilling sequel to Ender's Game and winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards??this full cast unabridged recording includes an original postscript written and recorded by author Orson Scott Card.
Three thousand years have passed since Ender Wiggin won humanity's war with the Buggers by totally destroying them. Ender remains young, traveling the stars at the speed of relativity, but a hundred years or more might pass on Earth while he experiences a month-long voyage. In three thousand years, Ender's books The Hive Queen and The Hegemon, written under a pseudonym, have become holy writ, while the name of Ender itself has become anathema: he is the Xenocide, the one who killed an entire race of thinking, feeling beings, killed the only other sapient race humankind had found in all the galaxy.
The only ones, that is, until the planet called Lusitania was discovered and colonized. The discovery was seen as a gift to humanity, a chance to redeem the destruction of the Buggers. This time, the Starways Congress vowed, there would be no tragic misunderstanding leading to war. But once again men die, killed by the aliens in a rite no one understands. Ender, now known only as the Speaker for the Dead, comes to Lusitania to speak for those who have died and discovers that in order to tell the truth about them, he must unravel the secrets of Lusitania.
Speaker for the Dead, the second novel in The Ender Saga, is the winner of the 1986 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1987 Hugo Award for Best Novel.

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