By Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card bargains a Christmas present to his thousands of enthusiasts with this brief novel set in the course of Ender's first years on the conflict college the place it really is forbidden to have a good time non secular vacations. The youngsters come from many countries, many faiths; whereas they're being informed for battle, non secular clash among them isn't really at the curriculum. yet Dink Meeker, one of many older scholars, doesn't see it that method. He thinks that giving presents isn't precisely a non secular remark, and on Sinterklaas Day he tucks a gift into one other student's shoe.
This small act of uprising units off a conflict royal among the scholars and the workers, yet a few superb alliances shape whilst Ender comes up opposed to a brand new scholar, Zeck Morgan. The conflict over Santa Claus will strength each person to choose.
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Sheeana felt a more familiar fear then. The priests! She kept her gaze on the 'thopter. It hovered in the distance, then returned to settle gently onto a patch of worm-smoothed sand nearby. She could smell the lubricants and the sickly acridity of the 'thopter's fuel. The thing was a giant insect nestled on the sand, waiting to pounce upon her. A hatch popped open. Sheeana threw back her shoulders and stood her ground. Very well; they had caught her. She knew what to expect now. Nothing could be gained by flight.
The worm stopped. Her anger suddenly converted to terror, Sheeana broke off pounding on the worm. She realized only then that she had been screaming. A terrible sense of lonely exposure filled her. She did not know how she had come here. She knew only where she was and this gripped her with an agony of fear. The worm continued quiescent on the sand. Sheeana did not know what to do. At any moment, the worm could roll over and crush her. Or it could burrow beneath the sand, leaving her on the surface to be scooped up at leisure.
Waff sat down facing his nine councillors, marshaling the words he knew he must use. The document he had brought back from his latest lashkar, indeed, the very reason for that excursion, could not have been more exquisitely timed. The label on it and the words carried a mighty message for the Tleilaxu. From an inner pocket Waff removed the thin sheaf of ridulian crystal. He noted the quickened interest of his councillors: nine faces similar to his own, Masheikhs of the innermost kehl. All reflected expectancy.
A War of Gifts: An Ender Story (Ender Wiggin Saga) by Orson Scott Card