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

HistoryEdit

Ender's GameEdit

Initially, Jane was an Aiúa called upon by the Formics to serve as a link between them and Ender Wiggin, in hopes of trying to understand his brain. What they did get out of him was the image of the Mind Game, which they used to give Wiggin a message at the end of Ender's Game. At the time, this Aiua existed on a single philotic ray through. Eventually, Hyrum Graff commissioned for the Mind Game to be reprogrammed to invest for Ender Wiggin's pension.

"The Investment Counselor"Edit

In "The Investment Counselor", Jane appeared to Andrew Wiggin, who was working on a computer trying to figure out his financial situation, just after he had disembarked from flight to Sorelledolce. Initially, he dismissed Jane, but on her second appearance he finally accepts 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 appears, admonishing him against doing it. So instead, Benedetto 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 his 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 knowledge of Jane after 10 weeks.

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Jane talking to Andrew Wiggin in her holographic form.

Speaker for the DeadEdit

Jane was first introduced in the novel Speaker for the Dead as an artificial intelligence that has accompanied a now 35 year old Andrew Wiggin throughout his galactic travels. She was his nearest friend, even closer than Valentine. She could communicate with Andrew through a microchip placed in his ear.

Valentine Wiggin II Edit

After Andrew Wiggin's Aiúa left Valentine Wiggin II's body, Jane's Aiúa went into it to escape the Ansible shutdown by Starways Congress.

TriviaEdit

  • Reference to physical description, "...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, Ch.18.

QuotesEdit

"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


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