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.
|1||Earth Unaware||Novel||Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston||2012-07-17||First Formic War|
|2||Earth Afire||Novel||Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston||2013-06-04||First Formic War|
|3||Earth Awakens||Novel||Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston||2014-06-10||First Formic War|
|4||Formic Wars: Burning Earth||Graphic Novel||Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston||2011-09-21||First Formic War|
|5||Formic Wars: Silent Strike||Graphic Novel||Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston||2012-07-25||First Formic War|
|6||The Swarm||Novel||Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston||2016-08-02||Second Formic War|
|7||The Hive||Novel||Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston||2019-06-11||Second Formic War|
|9||Mazer in Prison||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||2005-10-01||Second Formic War|
|10||Mazer in Prison (comic)||Comic||Orson Scott Card||2010-01-01||Second Formic War|
|11||The Polish Boy||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||2002-01-01||Second Formic War|
|12||Teacher's Pest||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||2003-08-01||Second Formic War|
|13||Pretty Boy||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||2006-03-01||Second Formic War|
|14||Cheater||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||2006-10-01||Second Formic War|
|15||Ender's Stocking||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||2007-01-01||Ender's Game|
|16||Ender's Game||Novel||Orson Scott Card||1985-01-01||Ender's Game|
|17||Ender's Game (comic)||Graphic Novel||Orson Scott Card||2012-01-18||Ender's Game||Comic adaptation of the book.|
|18||Ender's Game (film)||Film||Gavin Hood||2013-11-01||Ender's Game||Film adaptation of the book.|
|19||Ender's Game Alive||Audio Drama||Orson Scott Card||2013-10-22||Ender's Game||An audio drama adaptation|
|20||Ender's Shadow||Novel||Orson Scott Card||1999-09-01||Shadow Novels||Takes place concurrently with Ender's Game.|
|21||Ender's Shadow (comic)||Graphic Novel||Orson Scott Card||2012-02-22||Shadow Novels||Comic adaptation of the book.|
|22||A War of Gifts||Novel||Orson Scott Card||2017-11-28||Shadow Novels||Takes place during Ender's Game|
|23||A War of Gifts (comic)||Comic||Jake Black||2009-12-09||Shadow Novels|
|24||Recruiting Valentine||Comic||Orson Scott Card||2009-01-01||Shadow Novels||Takes place during Ender's Game|
|25||The League War||Comic||Orson Scott Card||2010-04-14||Shadow Novels|
|27||A Young Man with Prospects||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||2007-02-01||Shadow Novels|
|28||Children of the Fleet||Novel||Orson Scott Card||2017-10-10||Shadow Novels|
|29||Shadow of the Hegemon||Novel||Orson Scott Card||2001-01-01||Shadow Novels|
|30||Shadow Puppets||Novel||Orson Scott Card||2002-08-01||Shadow Novels|
|31||Shadow of the Giant||Novel||Orson Scott Card||2005-03-08||Shadow Novels|
|32||Ender in Flight||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||2008-04-01||Ender's Story|
|33||Ender in Flight (comic)||Graphic Novel||Orson Scott Card||2011-01-26||Ender's Story|
|34||Ender in Exile||Novel||Orson Scott Card||2008-11-11||Ender's Story|
|35||The Gold Bug||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||2007-01-01||Ender's Story|
|36||The Gold Bug (comic)||Comic||Orson Scott Card||2007-03-17||Ender's Story|
|37||Investment Counselor||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||1999-05-01||Ender's Story|
|38||Shadows in Flight||Novel||Orson Scott Card||2012-01-17||Ender's Story|
|39||Speaker for the Dead||Novel||Orson Scott Card||1986-03-01||Ender's Story|
|40||Speaker for the Dead (comic)||Graphic Novel||Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston||2011-05-03||Ender's Story|
|41||Gloriously Bright||Short Story||Orson Scott Card||1991-01-01||Ender's Story|
|42||Xenocide||Novel||Orson Scott Card||1991-08-01||Ender's Story|
|43||Children of the Mind||Novel||Orson Scott Card||1996-08-01||Ender's Story|