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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

Shadow Quintet

Shadow Quintet

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 24/09/2013

This set contains Orson Scott Card's Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, and Shadows in Flight.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Ender Quintet

Ender Quintet

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2013

This set contains Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind, and Ender in Exile.At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Earth Unaware

Earth Unaware

Author: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2013

'The story progresses nimbly, with plenty of tension and excitement and Card's usual well-developed characters' - KIRKUS REVIEWS on EARTH UNAWARE 'Literate prose and superlative characterisation . . . excellent' - BOOKLIST on EARTH UNAWARE HUMANS THOUGHT THEY WERE ALONE IN THE GALAXY. UNTIL NOW. A hundred years before Ender's Game, humanity is slowly making its way out to the planets of the solar system, exploring and mining asteroids. The ship El Cavador is far from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. When the ship's telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, they're unsure what to make of it. Little do they know that this object is the most important thing to happen to the human race in a million years. It's humanity's first contact with an alien race. The First Formic War is about to begin. Book one of the First Formic War - a thrilling space adventure series set in the world of bestselling science fiction classic Ender's Game Books by Orson Scott Card: Alvin Maker novels Seventh Son Red Prophet Prentice Alvin Alvin Journeyman Heartfire The Crystal City Ender Wiggin Saga Ender's Game Speaker for the Dead Xenocide Children of the Mind Ender in Exile Homecoming The Memory of the Earth The Call of the Earth The Ships of the Earth Earthfall Earthborn First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston) Earth Unaware Earth Afire Earth Awakens

Earth Afire

Earth Afire

Author: Orson Scott Card, Stefan Rudnicki Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2013

One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War.Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn't believe that 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 move fast enough to meet the threat.

Earth Afire

Earth Afire

Author: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/06/2013

'A standout tale of SF adventure that gives Ender series fans fascinating backstory to the classic Ender's Game' Library Journal on Earth Unaware THE FUTURE OF HUMANITY HANGS IN THE BALANCE One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. This is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince sceptical governments that there was a threat. They didn't believe that 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 move fast enough to meet the threat . . . Following Earth Unaware comes this thrilling second novel in the First Formic War - a space adventure series set in the world of bestselling science fiction classic Ender's Game Books by Orson Scott Card: Alvin Maker novels Seventh Son Red Prophet Prentice Alvin Alvin Journeyman Heartfire The Crystal City Ender Wiggin Saga Ender's Game Speaker for the Dead Xenocide Children of the Mind Ender in Exile Homecoming The Memory of the Earth The Call of the Earth The Ships of the Earth Earthfall Earthborn First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston) Earth Unaware Earth Afire Earth Awakens

Lovelock

Lovelock

Author: Orson Scott Card, Kathryn H. Kidd Format: eBook Release Date: 15/05/2013

Orson Scott Card, bestselling author of Ender's Game, teams up with Kathryn H. Kidd to launch an epic science fiction saga of space exploration-and a dramatic conflict between human and nonhuman intelligence.On the Ark, a colony ship bound outward across the stars, not everyone is a volunteer-or even human. Lovelock is a capuchin monkey engineered from conception to be the perfect servant: intelligent, agile, and devoted to his owner. He is a "e;witness,"e; privileged to spend his days and nights recording the life of one of Earth's most brilliant scientists via digital devices implanted behind his eyes.But Lovelock is something special among witnesses. He's a little smarter than most humans: smart enough to break through some of his conditioning, smart enough to feel the bonds of slavery-and want freedom.Set against the awesome scope of interstellar space, and like Speaker for the Dead and Xenocide before it, Lovelock probes the provocative interface between humanity and another sentient species.

Children Of The Mind

Children Of The Mind

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

Achieves and delivers more than almost anything else within the science fiction genre, Ender's Game is a contemporary classic - New York Times 'Card's prose is powerful here, as is his consideration of mystical and quasi-religious themes. Though billed as the final Ender novel, this story leaves enough mysteries unexplored to justify another entry; and Card fans should find that possibility, like this novel, very welcome indeed.' - Publishers Weekly (starred review) on Children of the Mind The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: the Pequeninos; a large colony of humans; and the Hive Queen, brought there by Ender. But once again the human race has grown fearful; the Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania. Jane, the evolved computer intelligence, can save the three sentient races of Lusitania. She has learned how to move ships outside the universe, and then instantly back to a different world, abolishing the light-speed limit. But it takes all the processing power available to her, and the Starways Congress is shutting down the Net, world by world. Soon Jane will not be able to move the ships. Ender's children must save her if they are to save themselves. The dazzling Ender series, which has changed the face of science fiction, concludes. Books by Orson Scott Card: Alvin Maker novels Seventh Son Red Prophet Prentice Alvin Alvin Journeyman Heartfire The Crystal City Ender Wiggin Saga Ender's Game Speaker for the Dead Xenocide Children of the Mind Ender in Exile Homecoming The Memory of the Earth The Call of the Earth The Ships of the Earth Earthfall Earthborn First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston) Earth Unaware Earth Afire Earth Awakens

Xenocide

Xenocide

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/05/2013

'Orson Scott Card made a strong case for being the best writer science fiction has to offer.' - The Houston Post on Xenocide 'The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games and psychology.' - USA Today TOGETHER THEY STAND - BUT CAN THEY PREVENT AN ATROCITY? Ender and Valentine Wiggin: brother and sister whose lives have shaped history. Valentine is 'Demosthenes', whose subversive, incendiary writings fight the monstrous power of Starways Congress, masters of the Hundred Worlds. And Ender. . . As a child, Ender commanded a warfleet that wiped out a planet. The triumph of his life could be his fight to stop it happening again. It might be his tragedy that he cannot. Congress has sent a warfleet to Lusitania, home to Ender, his family, two alien species and the deadliest virus ever known. The warfleet carries an order to destroy. To commit xenocide. A sequel novel to the science fiction classic ENDER'S GAME - soon to be released as a major motion picture starring Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley and Asa Butterfield Books by Orson Scott Card: Alvin Maker novels Seventh Son Red Prophet Prentice Alvin Alvin Journeyman Heartfire The Crystal City Ender Wiggin Saga Ender's Game Speaker for the Dead Xenocide Children of the Mind Ender in Exile Homecoming The Memory of the Earth The Call of the Earth The Ships of the Earth Earthfall Earthborn First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston) Earth Unaware Earth Afire Earth Awakens

Speaker for the Dead

Speaker for the Dead

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/05/2013

'There aren't too many recent sf novels we can confidently call truly moral works, but Speaker for the Dead is one. It's a completely gripping story.' - The Toronto Star 'Achieves and delivers more than almost anything else within the science fiction genre, Ender's Game is a contemporary classic' - New York Times on Ender's Game A FALLEN HERO - HAUNTED BY HIS PAST, BUT CAN HE CHANGE THE FUTURE? Ender Wiggin was once considered a great military leader, a saviour for mankind. But now history judges his destruction of an alien race as monstrous rather than heroic. In the aftermath of the war, Ender disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: The Speaker for the Dead, who told the true story behind the battle with the aliens. Now, years later, a second alien race has been discovered. But again they are strange and frightening - and again, humans are dying. It is only the Speaker for the Dead, secretly Ender Wiggin, who has the courage to confront the mystery . . . and the truth. The Hugo and Nebula award-winning sequel to the classic science fiction novel ENDER'S GAME - soon to be released as a major motion picture starring Harrison Ford. Books by Orson Scott Card: Alvin Maker novels Seventh Son Red Prophet Prentice Alvin Alvin Journeyman Heartfire The Crystal City Ender Wiggin Saga Ender's Game Speaker for the Dead Xenocide Children of the Mind Ender in Exile Homecoming The Memory of the Earth The Call of the Earth The Ships of the Earth Earthfall Earthborn First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston) Earth Unaware Earth Afire Earth Awakens

Gate Thief

Gate Thief

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 19/03/2013

In this sequel to The Lost Gate, bestselling author Orson Scott Card continues his fantastic tale of the mages of Westil, who live in exile on Earth. 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; he is far too powerful. On Westil, Wad is now nearly powerless-he lost everything to Danny in their struggle. Even if he can survive the revenge of his enemies, he must still somehow make peace with the Gatemage Daniel North, for when Danny took that power from Loki, he also took responsibility for the Great Gates. And when he comes face-to-face with the mages who call themselves Bel and Ishtoreth, he will understand just why Loki closed the gates all those centuries ago.

Future Games

Future Games

Author: Orson Scott Card, Cory Doctorow, Louise Marley Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/12/2012

Human competition is eternal. We thrill to victory, we suffer the agony of defeat. No matter what the future brings, sports will be a part of it. But what forms will these games take? Who will be the spectator, who will play? Will aliens be our opponents or machines? Will physical competition even exist? What rules will we play by? What will be at stake? What rewards will be reaped by the victors? What fates await the defeated? Will the entire universe be our arena or will our world be smaller than today? Visionary authors speculate on what swifter, higher, stronger, and winning will mean in the near and distant future.

Lost Boys

Lost Boys

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2012

For Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children, the move to tiny Steuben, North Carolina, offers new hope and a new beginning. But from the first, eight-year-old Stevie's life there is an unending parade of misery and disaster.Cruelly ostracized at his school, Stevie retreats further and further into himself - and into a strange computer game and a group of imaginary friends.But there is something eerie about his loyal, invisible new playmates: each shares the name of a child who has recently vanished from the sleepy Southern town. And terror grows for Step and DeAnne as the truth slowly unfolds. For their son has found something savagely evil . . and it's coming for Stevie next.

Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories

Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 20/12/2012

From the the bestselling and world-renowned Orson Scott Card comes this collection of science fiction stories - each destined to inspire and remain with the reader for years to come. The collection includes the short story "e;Ender's Game"e;, upon which the subsequent world-famous novel was based."e;Ender's Game"e; - Why are the wars of the future fought by children? Because they alone are free from all moral restraints."e;Eumedines"e; - What was the flippered monstrosity that had taken up residence in his WC?"e;Unaccompanied Sonata"e; - It's not easy to be a musical genius when society makes it a crime to listen to Bach!And many more . . .

Ruins

Ruins

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 30/10/2012

When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see. Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive but they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he cant yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden. If Rigg, Umbo, and Param cant work together to alter the past, there will be no future.

Earth Unaware

Earth Unaware

Author: Orson Scott Card, Stefan Rudnicki Format: eBook Release Date: 17/07/2012

A hundred years before Ender's Game, 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.The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when 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. The family is getting too big. There are claim-jumping corporates bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems...not important.They're wrong. It's the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. This is humanity's first contact with an alien race. The First Formic War is about to begin. Earth Unaware is the first novel in The First Formic War series by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston.

The Shadow Saga Omnibus

The Shadow Saga Omnibus

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/07/2012

The series which tells the story of Ender's Game from a new angle Twice an alien race has attacked mankind, and twice we have only barely survived. Now, the International Fleet is training exceptional children to command in the next war and defend against the threat of total destruction. The next candidate picked for the rigorous Battle School will be Bean, an orphaned runt surviving on the mean streets of Rotterdam. Displaying staggering tactical genius, Bean will soon become right-hand man to the legendary 'Ender' Wiggin. Together they will lead mankind into its final battle - and change the world in ways no one could have predicted. Intended as a parallel series to the compelling Ender Saga, this omnibus edition of The Shadow Saga also stands on its own as a shining example of the best the science fiction genre has to offer. This omnibus edition contains: ENDER'S SHADOW, SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON, SHADOW PUPPETS and SHADOW OF THE GIANT.