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Orson Scott Card - Author

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the award-winning author of the Ender saga, the Alvin Maker series and the Homecoming series. He lives with his wife and children in the US.

 

Maxim Jakubowski's view on ENDER’S GAME...
A young boy with awesome powers is controlled by the state and taken to a strange military school where his skill with games is manipulated with dreadful consequences as part of a deadly war between mankind and an alien race. Although the novel (which initiated a series) is a frantic page-turner, it also raises endless questions about morality, the nature of evil and can also be used as a perfect introduction to the challenges of SF for younger readers.

Featured books by Orson Scott Card

Ender's Game

Ender's Game

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback Release Date: 03/10/2013

The human race faces annihilation. An alien threat is on the horizon, ready to strike. And if humanity is to be defended, the government must create the greatest military commander in history.     The brilliant young Ender Wiggin is their last hope. But first he must survive the rigours of a brutal military training programme - to prove that he can be the leader of all leaders. A saviour for mankind must be produced, through whatever means possible. But are they creating a hero or a monster? This is the multiple award-winning classic ENDER'S GAME - a groundbreaking tale of war, strategy and survival.

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Other books by Orson Scott Card

Ultimate Comics Iron Man Ultimate Collection

Ultimate Comics Iron Man Ultimate Collection

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 15/11/2019

Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 37, March 2019

Galaxy's Edge Magazine Issue 37, March 2019

Author: Orson Scott Card, Joe Haldeman, Mercedes Lackey Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/02/2019

Rachel and Leah

Rachel and Leah

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2018

Leah is the oldest daughter of Laban, whose 'tender eyes' prevent her from fully participating in the daily work of her nomadic family. Rachel is the spoiled younger daughter, the petted and privileged beauty of the family - or so it seems to Leah. There is also Bilhah, an orphan who is not quite a slave but not really a family member, a young woman desperately searching to fit in, and Zilpah, who knows only how to use her beauty to manipulate men as she strives to secure for herself something better than the life of drudgery and servitude into which she has been born. Into the desert camp comes Jacob, a handsome and charismatic kinsman who is clearly destined to be Rachel's husband. But that doesn't prevent the other women from vying for his attention. Ambition, jealousy, fear, and love motivate them as they compete to win the regard of Jacob, heir to the spiritual birthright of Abraham and Isaac.

Sarah Women of Genesis (A Novel)

Sarah Women of Genesis (A Novel)

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 16/04/2018

In Sarah, Orson Scott Card uses his fertile imagination and uncanny insight into human nature to flesh out a unique woman - one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful in an era when women get short shrift in life as well as in the historical record. Sarah takes on a vivid reality as a woman desirable to kings, a devoted wife, and a faithful follower of the God of Abraham, chosen to experience an incomparable miracle. Set in the splendor and excess of Egypt and the starkly beautiful desert landscapes of the Sinai peninsula, Sarah is an altogether believable and provocative drama.

Sarah

Sarah

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 20/03/2018

The first book of bestselling author Orson Scott Card's Women of Genesis series-a unique re-imagining of the biblical taleSarai was a child of ten years, wise for her age but not yet a woman, when she first met Abram. He appeared before her in her father's house, filthy from the desert, tired and thirsty. But as the dirt of travel was washed from his body, the sight of him filled her heart. And when Abram promises Sarai to return in ten years to take her for his wife, her fate was sealed.Abram kept his promise, and Sarai kept hers. They were wed, and so joined the royal house of Ur with the high priesthood of the Hebrews. So began a lifetime of great joy together, and greater peril: and with the blessing of their God, a great nation would be built around the core of their love.Bestselling author Orson Scott Card uses his fertile imagination, and uncanny insight into human nature, to tell the story of a unique woman-one who is beautiful, tough, smart, and resourceful in an era when women had little power, and are scarce in the historical record. Sarah, child of the desert, wife of Abraham, takes on vivid reality as a woman desirable to kings, a devoted wife, and a faithful follower of the God of Abraham, chosen to experience an incomparable miracle.Women of GenesisSarahRebekahRachel and LeahAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Empire: The Series

Empire: The Series

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 15/08/2017

When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you be on?The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone.Orson Scott Card is a master storyteller, who has earned millions of fans and reams of praise for his previous science fiction and fantasy novels. Now he steps a little closer to the present day with this chilling look at a near future scenario of a new American Civil War.Empire - Battle rages with high-technology weapons versus militia foot-soldiers, devastating the cities, and overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing to stop and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have technology, weapons and strategic geniuses of their own.Hidden Empire - A deadly plague devastating the world leads the American President to declare severe immigration restriction. Captain Batholomew Coleman must navigate a hostile population, while protecting researchers, in the hopes of finding a cure.Tor books by Orson Scott CardEnder Universe Ender Quintet Ender's Game Ender in Exile Speaker for the Dead Xenodice Children of the Mind Ender's Shadow Quintet Ender's Shadow Shadow of the Hegemon Shadow Puppets Shadow of the Giant Shadows in Flight The Second Formic War (With Aaron Johnston) The SwarmOther Books in the Ender Universe Children of the FleetEnder Novellas A War of Gifts First MeetingsAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Mither Mages Trilogy

Mither Mages Trilogy

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 13/06/2017

This discounted ebundle includes: The Lost Gate, The Gate Thief, GatefatherThe mage-families of Westil are in exile on Earth. The magical gates have been closed, and for good reason. Unfortunately, Danny North's magically-inclined family has been keeping secrets from him, secrets that may lead to disaster for them all.The Lost Gate - Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different, and that he was different from them. While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, werewolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent, never form an outself.Gate Thief - Here on Earth, Danny North is still in high school, yet he holds in his heart and mind all the stolen outselves of thirteen centuries of gatemages. The Families still want to kill him if they can't control him...and they can't control him. Danny will come to understand just why Loki closed the gates all those centuries ago.Gatefather - Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2000 years, or at least the first to survive to claim his power. What he didn't know at the time was that the Gate Thief had a very good reason for closing the Great Gates, and Danny has now fallen into the power of that great enemy of both Earth and Westil.Tor books by Orson Scott CardEnder Universe Ender Quintet Ender's Game Ender in Exile Speaker for the Dead Xenodice Children of the Mind Ender's Shadow Quintet Ender's Shadow Shadow of the Hegemon Shadow Puppets Shadow of the Giant Shadows in Flight The Second Formic War (With Aaron Johnston) The SwarmOther Books in the Ender Universe Children of the Fleet (forthcoming)Ender Novellas A War of Gifts First MeetingsOther Tor Books Series The Mither Mages The Tales of Alvin Maker Homecoming Women of GenesisAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Prentice Alvin and Alvin Journeyman

Prentice Alvin and Alvin Journeyman

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 12/04/2017

Prentice Alvin Young Alvin returns to the town of his birth, and begins his apprenticeship with Makepeace Smith, committing seven years of his life in exchange for the skills and knowledge of a blacksmith. But Alvin must also learn to control and use his own talent, that of a Maker, else his destiny will be unfulfilled. Alvin Journeyman Alvin is a Maker, the first to be born in a century. Now a grown man and a journeyman smith, Alvin has returned to his family in the town of Vigor Church. He will share in their isolation, work as a blacksmith, and try to teach anyone who wishes to learn the knack of being a Maker. For Alvin has had a vision of the Crystal City he will build, and he knows that he cannot build it alone. But he has left behind in Hatrack River enemies as well as true friends. His ancient foe, the Unmaker, whose cruel whispers and deadly plots have threatened Alvin's life at every turn, has found new hands to do his work of destruction.

First Formic War

First Formic War

Author: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston Format: eBook Release Date: 14/02/2017

This discounted ebundle includes: Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, Earth AwakensOne hundred years before Ender Wiggin decisively defeated the alien formics in Ender's Game. A pulse-pounding tale of first contact gone horribly wrong.Ender's Game opens in the last desperate days of Earth's war against the implacable insectoid aliens. We are told early on that the Battle School is training generals for the Third Formic War - the war that will end the war; will save the Earth; will finally defeat the Buggers. This is the story of the First Formic Wars, back when humans thought they were alone in the galaxy. Humanity was slowly making their way out from Earth to the planets and asteroids of the Solar System, exploring and mining and founding colonies. Then a ship's telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it's hard to know what to make of it. It's massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.Earth Unaware - When mining ship El Cavador's telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it's hard to know what to make of it. It's massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light. But the ship has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems...not important.Earth Afire - Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. That is, until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could organize in time to meet the threat. Earth Awakens - Politics slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. It's up to Mazer Rackham's squad in China, who have developed a method to destroy the alien landers one by one; and Lem Jukes and his crew on the Moon, who may have the key to destroying the Formic mother ship in orbit.Books by Orson Scott CardThe Ender UniverseEnder Quintet#1 Ender's Game#2 Ender in Exile#3 Speaker for the Dead#4 Xenodice#5 Children of the Mind Ender's Shadow Quintet #1 Ender's Shadow#2 Shadow of the Hegemon#3 Shadow Puppets#4 Shadow of the Giant#5 Shadows in Flight The Second Formic War (With Aaron Johnston) #1 The SwarmOther Books in the Ender UniverseChildren of the Fleet A War of Gifts (novella) First Meetings (novella)Other SeriesHomecomingThe MithermagesThe Tales of Alvin MakerAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Shadows in Flight; Shadow of the Giant

Shadows in Flight; Shadow of the Giant

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 17/11/2016

V centre povestvovaniya romanov "e;Ten' Velikana"e; i "e;Teni v polete"e;, voshedshih v nastoyashchij sbornik, - sud'ba odnogo iz glavnyh soratnikov EHndera v vojne s zhukerami, Dzhuliana Del'fiki, v Boevoj shkole poluchivshego prozvishche "e;Bob"e; za svoj malen'kij rost. Teper' zhe ego zovut Velikanom, i ne tol'ko za rost. Napryazhennoe dejstvie, masshtabnye sobytiya, neprostye ehticheskie voprosy i glubokie razmyshleniya o problemah, stoyashchih pered chelovechestvom, - vse ehto vy najdete v ehpicheskoj sage odnogo iz luchshih amerikanskih fantastov. Cikl Orsona Skotta Karda ob EHndere Viggine, yunoshe, kotoryj izmenil budushchee chelovechestva, prinadlezhit k luchshim proizvedeniyam pisatelya. V "e;fantasticheskih"e; knizhnyh rejtingah "e;Igra EHndera"e;, pervaya kniga cikla, neizmenno popadaet v pyaterku luchshih za vsyu istoriyu zhanra i dazhe chasto okazyvayutsya v liderah, ostavlyaya pozadi knigi takih gigantov fantastiki, kak Azimov, Klark, Brehdberi, i drugih imenityh avtorov. Prodolzhenie sagi ob EHndere - cikl proizvedenij pod obshchim nazvaniem "e;Saga tenej"e; - sostavlyayut romany, raskryvayushchie zakulisnuyu istoriyu velikoj bor'by i pobedy chelovechestva, pozvolivshej emu vyrvat'sya na prostory Vselennoj.

Gatefather

Gatefather

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/09/2016

Danny North is the first Gate Mage to be born on Earth in nearly 2000 years, or at least the first to survive to claim his power. Families of Westil in exile on Earth have had a treaty that required the death of any suspected Gate Mage. The wars between the Families had been terrible, until at last they realised it was their own survival in question. But a Gate Mage, one who could build a Great Gate back to Westil, would give his own Family a terrible advantage over all the others, and reignite the wars. So they all had to die. And if the Families didn't kill them, the Gate Thief would - that mysterious Mage who destroyed every Great Gate, and the Gate Mage, before it could be opened between Earth and Westil. But Danny survived. And Danny battled the Gate Thief and won. What he didn't know at the time was that the Gate Thief had a very good reason for closing the Great Gates and Danny has now fallen into the power of that great enemy of both Earth and Westil.

Hegemon arnyekaban

Hegemon arnyekaban

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

A haborunak vege, Ender Wiggin es ragyogoan tehetseges gyermekkatonai gyozedelmeskedtek. Megsemmisitettek az ellenseget es megmentettek az emberi fajt. Maga Ender nem ter vissza, de seregenek tagjai visszautaznak a Fold kulonbozo orszagaiban elo csaladjukhoz. A Hadiskola bezarta kapuit. Am hiaba szunt meg a kulso fenyegetes, a Fold megis ujra csataterre valtozik. A hadiskolas gyermekek nemcsak hosok, hanem lehetseges fegyverek, akik hatalomhoz segithetik azt az orszagot, amelyik megszerzi oket. Ender Sarkany hadtestenek tagjait egytol egyig elraboljak, csak Bean menekul meg, es fordul segitsegert Peterhez, Ender batyjahoz. Peter Wiggin, Ender batyja a szinfalak mogul mar eddig is ugyesen mozgatta a foldi politika szalait. Bean segitsegevel vegul o lehet a vilag ura. Az "e;Ender arnyeka"e; folytatasaban Bean geniuszanak a nagypolitika sakkjatszmajaban kell gyozedelmeskednie, csakhogy ellenfele babkent allitja a tablara egykori hadiskolas tarsait.

Ender arnyeka

Ender arnyeka

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 01/06/2016

Udvozlunk a Hadiskolaban! Minden gyermek eleteben adodnak nehez pillanatok. Fokepp ha az utcan no fel, ahol koldulnia kell az etelert, es kivert kutyakent kell megkuzdenie a hozza hasonlo, ehezo kolykokkel, akik egy gerezd almaert is olni kepesek. Ha letezik barmi, amit Bean az utcan megtanult, az a tuleles. Nem okollel es izommal, ahhoz o tul apro. Esszel. Bean csodas elmeje elemez es szamit, ugyesen hasznalja ki ellenfelei gyengesegeit. Mi is lehetne ennel kivanatosabb tulajdonsaga annak a tabornoknak, akinek le kell gyoznie az emberiseget elpusztitassal fenyegeto idegen fajt, a hangyokat? A Hadiskolaba kerulve Bean megismerkedik es baratsagot kot egy masik lehetseges jovendobeli hadvezerrel, Ender Wigginsszel, az egyetlen lehetseges rivalisaval. Am mindkettojuknek ugyanaz a problemaja: a jovo immaron a jelen. A legendas regeny, a Vegjatek, ezuttal Bean szemszogebol.