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Ender's Game Becomes Reality

Excerpt from an article in this morning's NY Times: Luring Young Web Warriors Is a U.S. Priority. It’s Also a Game.

...The secretary of that agency, Janet Napolitano, knows she has a problem that will only worsen. Foreign hackers have been attacking her agency’s computer systems. They have also been busy trying to siphon the nation’s wealth and steal valuable trade secrets. And they have begun probing the nation’s infrastructure — the power grid, and water and transportation systems.

So she needs her own hackers — 600, the agency estimates. But potential recruits with the right skills have too often been heading for business, and those who do choose government work often go to the National Security Agency, where they work on offensive digital strategies. At Homeland Security, the emphasis is on keeping hackers out, or playing defense.

“We have to show them how cool and exciting this is,” said Ed Skoudis, one of the nation’s top computer security trainers. “And we have to show them that applying these skills to the public sector is important.”

One answer? Start young, and make it a game, even a contest.

Read the full article at the New York Times

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Below is the description of Ender's Game , from

In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant young boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin lives with his kind but distant parents, his sadistic brother Peter, and the person he loves more than anyone else, his sister Valentine. Peter and Valentine were candidates for the soldier-training program but didn't make the cut--young Ender is the Wiggin drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training.

Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers, Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. His psychological battles include loneliness, fear that he is becoming like the cruel brother he remembers, and fanning the flames of devotion to his beloved sister.

Is Ender the general Earth needs? But Ender is not the only result of the genetic experiments. The war with the Buggers has been raging for a hundred years, and the quest for the perfect general has been underway for almost as long. Ender's two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, but in very different ways. Between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world. If the world survives, that is.

Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

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Would this be a good book for a child

10 years old?

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Anyone here ever read Ender's Game?

Written in 1994, I believe. It is an awesome book. With a surprising twist of and ending. Ender gets trapped in a net. He's a useful idiot. Had no idea what he'd done until it was too late.

I don't want to spoil the ending, because that twist at the end such a powerful shock.

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Enders Game Official Trailer

"It’s not pessimistic, brother, because this is the blues. We are blues people. The blues aren’t pessimistic. We’re prisoners of hope but we tell the truth and the truth is dark. That’s different." ~CW

I have read a lot of Card's

I have read a lot of Card's books, but Ender's game is by far the best, even for people who do not particularly like scifi.

I just read it.

IT was interesting and highly entertaining. Thanks for the heads up. I'm always on the lookout for my next good read.

There were things I didn't like about it though. I can't say I much cared for how it reinforces the godless superman syndrome. A book always tempts the reader to think of themselves as the lead characters, and this one is definitely tempting people (young people) to think of themselves as a giant amongst lessor men here to save the human race.

By the end they even had him writing scripture, but there was no connection to God other than a few obscure references to how his parents were God fearing people.

Oh well. God works in mysterious ways, and even a child created to murder becomes his instrument.

Supposedly the movie comes out in 2013.

Yep, just a few weeks ago

Yep, just a few weeks ago after my brother, also a Ron Paul supporter, recommended it to me. Read it in two sittings. My brother said it's his all time favorite and has read it over 20 times. I really enjoyed it because I could relate to Ender towards the end. I had some of the same feelings as I went through the process of resigning my commission and leaving the Army.

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Truly a great book. Only book

Truly a great book. Only book I've ever read cover to cover more than twice (4 times).

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She needs her own hackers?

Good God John Wayne!