Ender’s Game Timeline and Reading Order

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Wherever you see lists of the top science fiction books of all time, Ender’s Game inevitably makes the top three. The book spawned a maxi-series known as the Enderverse, which is one of the best military and hard science fiction series of all time. This is the Ender’s Game Reading Order.

What’s on the Ender’s Game Timeline?

The Ender’s Series by Orson Scott Card (also known as the Enderverse, Ender Saga, or the Ender Universe) has grown to be quite large, especially considering one author has been responsible for most of it. This Ender’s Game timeline takes all of those books, short stories, comics, and the film to form a cohesive reading order for you to easily follow.

There are a lot of difference series within the Enderverse. First, you have several prequel series. Then you have Ender’s Game that started it all. But from there you have two diverging series, one focusing on Ender, and another on his schoolmates. The two are even slightly different sci-fi genres. But they’re both very good.

Where to Start the Enderverse?

While I do recommend starting with Ender’s Game on this series, that doesn’t mean reading it through chronologically won’t be a ton of fun. In fact, I would recommend reading Ender’s Game (so you know what the big deal is), then start reading the rest of the series chronologically. Because it gets good. Both of the two series that branch out from Ender’s Game are highly recommended.

As always, if you see something you would change, be sure to let us know. And if you liked this timeline, be sure to check out some of our others, such as the Foundation reading order.

1BuyEarth UnawareNovelOrson Scott Card, Aaron JohnstonFirst Formic War2012-07-17
2BuyEarth AfireNovelOrson Scott Card, Aaron JohnstonFirst Formic War2013-06-04
3BuyEarth AwakensNovelOrson Scott Card, Aaron JohnstonFirst Formic War2014-06-10
4BuyFormic Wars: Burning EarthGraphic NovelOrson Scott Card, Aaron JohnstonFirst Formic War2011-09-21
5BuyFormic Wars: Silent StrikeGraphic NovelOrson Scott Card, Aaron JohnstonFirst Formic War2012-07-25
6BuyThe SwarmNovelOrson Scott Card, Aaron JohnstonSecond Formic War2016-08-02
7BuyThe HiveNovelOrson Scott Card, Aaron JohnstonSecond Formic War2019-06-11
9BuyMazer in PrisonShort StoryOrson Scott CardSecond Formic War2005-10-01
10BuyMazer in Prison (comic)ComicOrson Scott CardSecond Formic War2010-01-01
11BuyThe Polish BoyShort StoryOrson Scott CardSecond Formic War2002-01-01
12BuyTeacher's PestShort StoryOrson Scott CardSecond Formic War2003-08-01
13BuyPretty BoyShort StoryOrson Scott CardSecond Formic War2006-03-01
14BuyCheaterShort StoryOrson Scott CardSecond Formic War2006-10-01
15BuyEnder's StockingShort StoryOrson Scott CardEnder's Game2007-01-01
16BuyEnder's GameNovelOrson Scott CardEnder's Game1985-01-01
17BuyEnder's Game (comic)Graphic NovelOrson Scott CardEnder's Game2012-01-18Comic adaptation of the book.
18BuyEnder's Game (film)FilmGavin HoodEnder's Game2013-11-01Film adaptation of the book.
19BuyEnder's Game AliveAudio DramaOrson Scott CardEnder's Game2013-10-22An audio drama adaptation
20BuyEnder's ShadowNovelOrson Scott CardShadow Novels1999-09-01Takes place concurrently with Ender's Game.
21BuyEnder's Shadow (comic)Graphic NovelOrson Scott CardShadow Novels2012-02-22Comic adaptation of the book.
22BuyA War of GiftsNovelOrson Scott CardShadow Novels2017-11-28Takes place during Ender's Game
23A War of Gifts (comic)ComicJake BlackShadow Novels2009-12-09
24BuyRecruiting ValentineComicOrson Scott CardShadow Novels2009-01-01Takes place during Ender's Game
25The League WarComicOrson Scott CardShadow Novels2010-04-14
27BuyA Young Man with ProspectsShort StoryOrson Scott CardShadow Novels2007-02-01
28BuyChildren of the FleetNovelOrson Scott CardShadow Novels2017-10-10
29BuyShadow of the HegemonNovelOrson Scott CardShadow Novels2001-01-01
30BuyShadow PuppetsNovelOrson Scott CardShadow Novels2002-08-01
31BuyShadow of the GiantNovelOrson Scott CardShadow Novels2005-03-08
32BuyEnder in FlightShort StoryOrson Scott CardEnder's Story2008-04-01
33BuyEnder in Flight (comic)Graphic NovelOrson Scott CardEnder's Story2011-01-26
34BuyEnder in ExileNovelOrson Scott CardEnder's Story2008-11-11
35BuyThe Gold BugShort StoryOrson Scott CardEnder's Story2007-01-01
36The Gold Bug (comic)ComicOrson Scott CardEnder's Story2007-03-17
37BuyInvestment CounselorShort StoryOrson Scott CardEnder's Story1999-05-01
38BuyShadows in FlightNovelOrson Scott CardEnder's Story2012-01-17
39BuySpeaker for the DeadNovelOrson Scott CardEnder's Story1986-03-01
40BuySpeaker for the Dead (comic)Graphic NovelOrson Scott Card, Aaron JohnstonEnder's Story2011-05-03
41BuyGloriously BrightShort StoryOrson Scott CardEnder's Story1991-01-01
42BuyXenocideNovelOrson Scott CardEnder's Story1991-08-01
43BuyChildren of the MindNovelOrson Scott CardEnder's Story1996-08-01

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