Speaker for the Dead
Nebula and Hugo Award Winner
hree thousand planet-bound years have fled since Ender Wiggin won humanity's war with the
Buggers by totally destroying them. Ender remains young-travelling the stars at relativistic
speeds, a hundred years or more might pass while he experiences a month-long voyage. In
three thousand years, his books The Hive Queen and The Hegemon have become holy writ,
and the name of Ender anathema; he is the Xenocide, the one who killed an entire race of
thinking, feeling beings, 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.
On Lusitania humans found another race of ramen ... a young race, beings just beginning to lift
their eyes to the stars and wonder what might be out there. The discovery was seen as a gift to
humanity, a chance to redeem the destruction of the Buggers. And so the Pequininos, as they
were named by the portuguese-speaking settlers, the "Piggies," were placed off-limits to the
colony. The only humans allowed to meet them and speak with them are trained
xenobiologists, and then only two at a time. This time, there will be no tragic
misunderstandings leading to war. This time...
This time, again, men die-bizarrely killed by the Piggies. Andrew Wiggin is called to Lusitania
to Speak the deaths of the two xenobiologists, and walks into a maelstrom of fear and hatred.
To Speak for these dead, he must first unravel the web of secrets surrounding the lives of the
Piggies and those who study them. He must Speak not only for the dead, but for a living alien
This magnificent sequel to ENDER'S GAME won both the Hugo Award and the Nebula
Award for Best SF Novel of the Year. Orson Scott Card is one of the finest, most innovative
writers of the past decade, whose works also include the acclaimed alternate world fantasy
series, The Tales of Alvin Maker.
Copyright © 1986 Orson Scott Card
A Tor Book - Published by Tom Doherty Associates, Inc.
Jacket art by John Harris - Jacket design by Carol Russo