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.
Ender's Game is a 1985 military science fiction novel by American author Orson Scott Card . Set at an unspecified date in Earth's future, the novel presents an imperiled mankind after two conflicts with the Formics, an insectoid alien species which they dub the " buggers ". In preparation for an anticipated third invasion, children, including the novel's protagonist, Ender Wiggin , are trained from a very young age through increasingly difficult games including some in zero gravity , where Ender's tactical genius is revealed.