The series is set in a future where mankind is facing annihilation by an aggressive alien society, an insect-like race known formally as " Formics ", but more colloquially as "Buggers". The series protagonist , Andrew "Ender" Wiggin , is one of the child soldiers trained at Battle School (and eventually Command School ) to be the future leaders for the protection of Earth.
Xenocide (1991) is the third science fiction novel in the Ender's Game series of books by Orson Scott Card . It was nominated for both the Hugo and Locus Awards for Best Novel in 1992.  The title is a combination of ' xeno- ', meaning alien, and '-cide', referring to the act of killing; altogether referring to the act of selectively killing populations of aliens , a play on genocide .