In Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card is a dystopian novel looking at how adults groom manipulate, and use Ender Wiggin to wage war on an alien race. From the time he was a toddler, Ender is monitored by an organization to determine if he is eligible for Battle School. Six year old Ender is shipped off to military training with other precocious children. Soon Ender’s life is one constant war game, against other squads, all the other children, the teachers … and ultimately the aliens.
Do the ends justify the means? What if it isn’t all a game? What is our duty as citizens of Earth? Are the leadership qualities Ender portrays something to admire & emulate or revile?
Host Jeffery Jenkins () is joined by guests Aubrey Hicks (@aubreyhi), Matt Schauer (), and Ehsan Zaffar ().
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Links & further immersion:
Orson Scott Card on community
Card on religion
Formal Models in Political Science
Next Month …
We’ll discuss the classic science fiction novel, Kindred
by Octavia Butler.
One of the most influential science fiction authors, Octavia Butler addresses slavery, post-colonialism, history, trauma in this time travel story.
“The first science fiction written by a black woman, Kindred has become a cornerstone of black American literature. This combination of slave memoir, fantasy, and historical fiction is a novel of rich literary complexity. Having just celebrated her 26th birthday in 1976 California, Dana, an African-American woman, is suddenly and inexplicably wrenched through time into antebellum Maryland. After saving a drowning white boy there, she finds herself staring into the barrel of a shotgun and is transported back to the present just in time to save her life. During numerous such time-defying episodes with the same young man, she realizes the challenge she’s been given: to protect this young slaveholder until he can father her own great-grandmother.”
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