A War of Gifts: An Ender Story (Ender Wiggin Saga) by Orson Scott Card

By Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card bargains a Christmas present to his hundreds of thousands of enthusiasts with this brief novel set in the course of Ender's first years on the conflict tuition the place it really is forbidden to rejoice spiritual vacation trips.  The childrens come from many countries, many faiths; whereas they're being educated for warfare, non secular clash among them isn't at the curriculum. yet Dink Meeker, one of many older scholars, doesn't see it that approach. He thinks that giving presents isn't precisely a non secular remark, and on Sinterklaas Day he tucks a gift into one other student's shoe.

This small act of uprising units off a conflict royal among the scholars and the workers, yet a few stunning alliances shape while Ender comes up opposed to a brand new scholar, Zeck Morgan. The battle over Santa Claus will strength each person to choose.

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Residual graphics seemed to swirl obstinately among the ailing thoughts of her consciousness. Vector lines intersected their original jump coordinate thirty-seven thousand kilometres ahead. Omuta was a small, unremarkable star directly in front of the coordinate. Two more jumps, and they would have been in the system’s Oort cloud, the sparse halo of ice-dust clouds and slumbering comets which marked the boundary of interstellar space. They were approaching from galactic north, well outside the plane of the ecliptic, trying to avoid detection.

2047 . First asteroid capture mission. Beginning of Earth’s O’Neill Halo. 2049 . Quasi-sentient bitek animals employed as servitors. 2055 . Jupiter mission. 2055 . Lunar cities granted independence from founding companies. 2057 . Ceres asteroid settlement founded. 2058 . Affinity symbiont neurons developed by Wing-Tsit Chong, providing control over animals and bitek constructs. 2064 . Multinational industrial consortium (Jovian Sky Power Corporation) begins mining Jupiter’s atmosphere for He3 using aerostat factories.

Molecular-binding force generators laboured to maintain the silicon hull’s integrity, a struggle they were always destined to lose against such ferocity. Breakthrough occurred in a dozen different places at once. Plasma surged in, playing over the complex, delicate systems like a blowtorch over snow crystals. The luckless Beezling suffered a further blow from fate. One of the plasma streams hit a deuterium tank, searing its way through the foam insulation and titanium shell. The cryogenic liquid reverted to its natural gaseous state under immense pressure, ripping the tank open, and blasting fragments in every direction.

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