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"A Young Man with Prospects" is a short story written by Orson Scott Card. It tells the story of how Alessandra and Dorabella Toscano ended up as colonists on one of the former Formic planets. It appears in Card's webzine, the InterGalactic Medicine Show.[1]

Story Details

Alessandra was a poor thirteen year old girl from Monopoli, Italy. One day, Alessandra's seemingly irresponsible mother came home and announced that they would be colonizing one of the former Formic worlds. When she first found out, Alessandra didn't want to go, so she tracked down her grandmother whom she had never met and asked her for help. However, when her grandmother heard that Alessandra wanted to stay with her, she threw her out.[1]

Upon returning home, Alessandra found out that the reason they were so poor was because her mother had been paying her grandmother to stay out of their lives to protect Alessandra. When she learned this, Alessandra agreed to go. Later Alessandra learned that she would be traveling with Ender Wiggin, who would be made governor of the colony when they arrived. Her mother hoped that they would fall in love and get married. On their last day in Italy, Alessandra's grandmother came to their house and began screaming at them. Alessandra's mother stood up to the woman and told her to go away.[1]

Alessandra later made friends with Ender and under her mother's influence, tried to seduce him. This failed, and she decided to stay on the colony instead of leaving aboard the ship with her mother and Admiral Morgan. She later married Po Tolo and had at least one child.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 A Young Man With Prospects on the InterGalactic Medicine Show
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