Ender's Game Locations, Part I

Writer Orson Scott Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. I imagine he could live anywhere he wanted, but chooses to live here and even integrated elements of the area into Ender's Game (his award-winning 1985 science fiction novel). Since we've been Greensboro residents for a little while too, we thought it might be fun to scout out the locations mentioned in the book.

First up, the neighborhood Ender's family moves to when he turns eight (in Chapter 3). We assume from the description that it would be very similar to where Card himself lives, so we took a walk around that part of town. It's a nice neighborhood, just North of downtown. The streets are wide and the homes are modestly gracious upper-middle class—somewhere you'd expect to find the Wiggins family. Lots of mature trees, wooded back yards, pine needles, squirrels—just as Card describes . . .