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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

Hamlet's Father

Hamlet's Father

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 11/04/2012

We all know Shakespeare's classic ghost story-the young prince Hamlet's dead father appears to him, demanding vengeance upon Hamlet's uncle Claudius, who has usurped the throne and, to add insult to injury, married Hamlet's mother. The young prince dithers and delays, coming up with excuse after excuse to postpone his vengeance-but not for the reason Shakespeare told us. It is instead because Hamlet keeps discovering evidence that things are not quite what they seem in the kingdom of Denmark-and never have been throughout his life. Once you've experienced Orson Scott Card's revelatory version of the story, Shakespeare's play will be much more fun to watch-because you'll know what's really going on.

Shadows in Flight

Shadows in Flight

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 17/01/2012

Ender's Shadow explores the stars in this all-new novel...At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Bean flees to the stars with three of his children--the three who share the engineered genes that gave him both hyper-intelligence and a short, cruel physical life. The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth's scientists generations to seek a cure, to no avail. In time, they are forgotten--a fading ansible signal speaking of events lost to Earth's history. But the Delphikis are about to make a discovery that will let them save themselves, and perhaps all of humanity in days to come.For there in space before them lies a derelict Formic colony ship. Aboard it, they will find both death and wonders--the life support that is failing on their own ship, room to grow, and labs in which to explore their own genetic anomaly and the mysterious disease that killed the ship's colony.Shadows in Flight is the fifth novel in Orson Scott Card's Shadow Series.

The Lost Gate

The Lost Gate

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/01/2012

He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins, and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people. There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English-but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny's cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see. Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well and that will lead to disaster for the North family.

Ender's Game

Ender's Game

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/11/2011

'Delivers more than almost anything else within the science fiction genre, Ender's Game is a contemporary classic' - New York Times 'An affecting novel full of surprises.' - The New York Times Book Review on Ender's Game 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 program - 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? Discover the bestselling, multiple award-winning classic - a groundbreaking tale of war, strategy and survival. 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

Laddertop

Laddertop

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 27/09/2011

An original science fiction tale by the bestselling author of Ender's Game and his daughter Twenty-five years ago, the alien Givers came to Earth and bestowed upon the human race the greatest technology ever seen-four giant towers known as Ladders that rise thirty-six thousand miles and culminate in space stations that power the entire planet. Then, for reasons unknown, the Givers disappeared. Due to the unique alien construction of the Laddertop space stations, only a skilled crew of children can perform the maintenance necessary to keep the stations up and running. Back on Earth, competition is fierce to enter Laddertop Academy. It is an honor few students will achieve. Best friends Robbi and Azure, two eleven-year-old girls who are candidates for the academy, will become entangled in a dangerous mystery that may help them solve the riddle of the Givers-if it doesn't destroy the Earth first.

Characters & Viewpoint

Characters & Viewpoint

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/07/2011

Dragon Age Volume 1

Dragon Age Volume 1

Author: Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnson, Mark Robinson Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/03/2011

Saints

Saints

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 06/01/2011

This is an epic of independence and devotion, of hardship and fulfillment, of a woman so strong that knowing her could change your life. When ten-year-old Dinah Kirkham saw her father leave their Manchester home in the middle of the night, she asked when he would be back. ';Soon,' he replied. But he never came back. On that night in 1829, John Kirkham laid the foundation of his daughter's certainty that the only person Dinah could ever really trust was herself. From that day forward, Dinah worked to support her family, remaining devoted to their welfare even in the face of despair and grinding poverty. Then one day she heard a new message; a new purpose ignited in her heart, and new life opened up before her.

Lost Gate

Lost Gate

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 04/01/2011

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. He grew up in the rambling old house, filled with dozens of cousins and aunts and uncles, all ruled by his father. Their home was isolated in the mountains of western Virginia, far from town, far from schools, far from other people. There are many secrets in the House, and many rules that Danny must follow. There is a secret library with only a few dozen books, and none of them in English-but Danny and his cousins are expected to become fluent in the language of the books. While Danny's cousins are free to create magic whenever they like, they must never do it where outsiders might see. Unfortunately, there are some secrets kept from Danny as well. And that will lead to disaster for the North family.

Cruel Miracles

Cruel Miracles

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 17/09/2010

A collection of science fiction tales by the author of Lost Boys presents the Hugo Award-winning "e;Eye for Eye,"e; as well as an autobiography by the author. "e;This book is a revelation and a delight."e;--Macon TelegraphAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Cruel Miracles

Cruel Miracles

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 31/12/2009

This fourth volume in Orson Scott Card's five-volume anthology of short stories features tales with religious themes, exploring the mysteries of ritual, sacrifice, faith, and death. Mortal GodsIn our mortality lies our greatness. Saving GraceA story of TV faith healers and those who follow them. Eye for EyeAn abused child has the gift of creating illness and death in those he is angry with. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1988. St. Amy's TaleA family destroys all technology. KingsmeatWhen flesh-eating aliens take over a human colony world, one human forestalls total doom by feeding them non-essential bits of his fellow colonists. HolyA seemingly pointless mission to bring an offering to another culture's shrine takes on unexpected meaning. "e;I believe that speculative fiction-science fiction in particular-is the last American refuge of religious literature. Real religious literature, I think, explores the nature of the universe and discovers the purpose behind it."e;-Orson Scott Card, from his introduction

Lost Songs

Lost Songs

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 31/12/2009

This final collection in Orson Scott Card's five-volume anthology of short works features the "e;hidden stories"e;, including his first published piece, some tales about Mormon family life and other stylistic departures, and several stories that were later developed into acclaimed novels such as Ender's Game, Songmaster, Invasive Procedures, and the Tales of Alvin Maker series. Listen as Card crafts a paranoid thriller, a spoof of "e;serious"e; contemporary literature, an epic narrative poem, and much more. Card includes background commentaries for each story in his afterwords. Stories include: Ender's Game; Mikal's Songbird; Prentice Alvin and the No-Good Plow; Malpractice; Follower; Hitching; Damn Fine Novel; Billy's Box; The Best Family Home Evening Ever; Bicicleta; I Think Mom and Dad Are Going Crazy, Jerry; and Gert Fram.

Hanged Man

Hanged Man

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 30/12/2009

From bestselling storyteller Orson Scott Card comes a collection of eleven chilling tales that provoke the dreaded dark side of the listener's imagination. "e;Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory"e;A sinful man finally faces his conscience in the form of a babylike creature that haunts his waking hours. "e;Quietus"e;Dying can be a difficult thing to come to terms with. "e;Deep Breathing Exercises"e;A man realizes that people who breathe together die together. "e;Fat Farm"e;A wealthy, overweight man tries to escape his overeating problem by getting himself cloned and transfering his memories into the clone. "e;Closing the Timelid"e;Using a time travel machine, available only to the wealthy, a thrill-seeking playboy discovers a way to experience the excitement of death without actually dying. "e;Freeway Games"e;To pass the time, Stanley plays freeway "e;following"e; games, and each person he follows dies trying to escape him. But one day, he meets his match and the chase is on! "e;A Sepulchre of Songs"e;Having lost both her arms and legs in an accident, a girl begins talking with an alien from outer space. "e;Prior Restraint"e;If the Censorship Board takes an interest in your writing, take it as a compliment and do what they say ... or face the consequences. "e;The Changed Man and the King of Words"e;Joe develops a computer system based on literary references that can make frighteningly accurate character interpretations, then he submits his parents to the test. "e;Memories of My Head"e;A man writes a letter in his own blood shortly after blowing his head off with a shotgun. "e;Lost Boys"e;In the story that became the acclaimed horror novel, a child having trouble adjusting to a new town withdraws into a mysterious computer game where he meets imaginary friends.

Flux

Flux

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 30/12/2009

This second volume of Orson Scott Card's five-volume anthology of short stories features seven tales exploring possible future scenarios for the human race. A Thousand Deaths In Soviet-occupied America, Jerry Crove is found guilty and convicted of knowing about the planned assassination of a Russian high official and not reporting it to the authorities. Instead of a forced confession and apology on television, he gives a speech on American freedom. His sentence is to be repeatedly put to death and brought back to life until he apologizes convincingly. Clap Hands and Sing An old man travels back in time to fall in love with a women he let get away. Dogwalker A man hacks into a government database using a system administrator's password. But getting the code right turns out to be very wrong. But We Try Not to Act like It A man complains to the television office that he cannot turn off his TV and that it-especially the soap operas-disturbs him in his attempts to read, his preferred activity. He's told that he'll be allowed to turn off the TV only if he changes his social status by making some friends or developing a sexual relationship. I Put My Blue Genes Earth, now an uninhabitable wasteland of biological warfare, is revisited by a contingent of humans who find a small band of "e;not-quite-human"e; beings still fighting an enemy that has long since been annihilated. In the Doghouse Aliens from a doomed planet relocate to Earth, having preserved only their intellectually superior minds. Forbidden by their moral code from killing another sentient being, they choose Earth's widely beloved dogs as their new vessels-but they soon find out what it means to "e;be in the doghouse."e; The Originist In this story set in Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe, a brilliant scientist working on a thorny problem is referred to the Galactic Library, an indexing project of astonishing breadth.

Maps in a Mirror

Maps in a Mirror

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 29/12/2009

This third volume of Orson Scott Card's five-volume anthology of short stories features ten fantasies and fables full of princesses and giants, bears and monkeys, magic and revelation. Discover the pitfalls of paradise, how to handle a dragon, the true secret of happiness, and much more. Card offers background commentaries for each story in a series of afterwords and introductions. Unaccompanied SonataA musical child prodigy, raised alone in a cabin so that his only influences come from nature, plays a complicated instrument capable of a wide range of sound. Against his keepers' wishes, he is introduced to the music of Bach and is ejected from his musical Eden. As he strives to make music, his nemesis strives to stop him. A Cross-Country Trip to Kill Richard NixonA young man blames all of America's problems on former president Richard Nixon. The Porcelain SalamanderA curse can be lifted only once it is complete. Middle WomanAn average woman-who is a middle child, of middle income, and living mid-way between her other two sisters-meets a cruel, trickster dragon on the road who grants her three wishes. Through wisdom and compassion, she is able to outsmart his trickery. The Bully and the BeastA giant hired as the king's bully falls hopelessly for the king's daughter, the most beautiful woman in the world. The Princess and the BearA magic bear saves a princess' life twice: once from a wolf in the forest and once from her own husband. SandmagicA young boy who watches his parents die vows to avenge their pain. This story is set in the Mithermages universe, which includes the story "e;Stonefather."e; The Best DayA woman rejects an old peddler's explanation that happiness is a matter of taking joy in overcoming the difficulties in life. Instead, she prefers to buy a traveling medicine man's elixir of happiness which promises that your best day will be with you forever. In reliving one happy day from her past she misses out on the rest of her life. A Plague of ButterfliesSelfishly choosing to save his own life by not slaying a dragon, Amasa becomes involved in evil and allows it to flourish. Since it's too late to change matters, he must suffer eternal anguish knowing what he has done. The Monkeys Thought 'Twas All in FunParadise can have its hidden pitfalls.

Hidden Empire

Hidden Empire

Author: Orson Scott Card Format: eBook Release Date: 22/12/2009

In this sequel to Card's bestselling novel Empire, Averell Torrent has become President of the United States, with enormous political and popular support and, if people only realized it, a tight grip on the reins of both political parties. He has launched America into a get-tough, this-world-is-our-empire foreign policy stance.But Captain Bartholomew Coleman, known as Cole to his friends and enemies alike, sees the danger Torrent poses to American democracy and the potential disasters involved in his foreign military adventures. Cole quickly runs afoul of Torrent; on the run, he and a few friends and allies seek proof of how Torrent orchestrated the political takeover that included assassinating a President and nearly starting a civil war.