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Jane was a sentient being who resided in the philotic connections of the ansible network.[1] She was first introduced in Speaker for the Dead.

History

Creation

Jane was an Aiúa called upon by the Formic Hive Queens to serve as a link between them and Ender Wiggin, in hopes of trying to understand his human mind. Though they understood little, what they did get out of him was the image of the Mind Game, which they used to give Wiggin a message on the planet of Shakespeare in the recreation of Fairyland. After the Xenocide, this Aiúa existed as a single philotic ray between Ender and the Mind Game.[2]

Eventually, Hyrum Graff commissioned for the Mind Game to be reprogrammed to invest for Ender Wiggin's pension. This connected the game to the Ansible network, where the Aiúa began to grow and develop into Jane.[3]

The Investment Counselor

In 300 AX, Jane appeared to Andrew Wiggin, who was working on a computer trying to figure out his financial situation, just after he had disembarked from his flight to Sorelledolce. Initially, he dismissed Jane, but on her second appearance he finally accepted her presence. Meanwhile, Benedetto, a tax man, found out the true identity of Andrew Wiggin to be the Andrew Wiggin, Ender the Xenocide. Benedetto proceeded to try to blackmail Andrew, but Jane appeared, admonishing him against doing it. Benedetto ignored Jane and sent a previously typed essay proving that Andrew was in fact Ender the Xenocide, to which Jane attached another essay detailing all of his blackmailing schemes, which led to Benedetto's imprisonment. Eventually he was killed while in prison, and Andrew offered to speak at Benedetto's funeral. Later, Andrew and his sister Valentine left Sorelledolce with Jane as a virtual companion after 10 weeks.[4]

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Jane talking to Andrew in her holographic form.

Speaker for the Dead

About 2,700 years later, Jane still accompanied a now 35 year old Andrew Wiggin throughout his galactic travels. She was his closest friend, even closer than Valentine. She could communicate with Andrew through a microchip placed in his ear.[5]

Personality

Appearance

"Miro turned to the terminal. There was a holo of a woman there. She was small, sitting on a stool, leaning against a holographic wall. She was not beautiful. Not ugly, either. Her face had character. Her eyes were haunting, innocent, sad. Her mouth delicate, about to smile, about to weep. Her clothing seemed veil-like, insubstantial, and yet instead of being provocative, it revealed a sort of innocence, a girlish, small-breasted body, the hands clasped lightly in her lap, her legs childishly parted with the toes pointing inward. She could have been sitting on a teeter-totter in a playground. Or on the edge of her lover's bed."
Speaker for the Dead, Chapter 18

Quotes

"But I have eyes. And ears. I see everything in all the Hundred Worlds. I watch the sky through a thousand telescopes. I overhear a trillion conversations every day." She giggled a little. "I'm the best gossip in the universe."
Speaker for the Dead, Chapter 18

References

  1. Speaker for the Dead
  2. Ender in Exile
  3. Shadow of the Hegemon
  4. "The Investment Counselor"
  5. Speaker for the Dead