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Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card (born 24 August 1951) is a prolific and best-selling author of numerous genres. His initial launch in the publishing industry was with science fiction (Hot Sleep[?] and Capitol) and later fantasy (Songmaster[?]). He became much more widely known with the publication of the seminal Ender's Game in 1985. However, he has not limited himself to those genres. Stories of horror and suspense such as Lost Boys and Treasure Box[?] demonstrate his versatility.

His writing is dominated by detailed characterization and moral issues. As Card says, "We care about moral issues, nobility, decency, happiness, goodness -- the issues that matter in the real world, but which can only be addressed, in their purity, in fiction."

Some of his novels, for example Stone Tables[?], a novel about the life of Biblical Moses, have explicit religious themes. In his other writings, the influence of his Mormon beliefs is less obvious.

Card was born in Richland, Washington and raised in Utah. He lives now in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife Kristine. They have five children: Geoffrey, Emily, Charlie Ben, Zina Margaret, and Erin Louisa. Geoffrey Card is now a published author in his own right.

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"I wonder sometimes if the motivation for writers ought to be contempt, not admiration." (from the introduction to the story collection Future on Fire, where he discusses writers he considers to be hacks.)

"If it isn't a wonderful story first, who cares how "important" it is?" (Ibid.)

Bibliography (incomplete)

Pre-Ender's Game

The Ender Series

Tales of Alvin Maker

The Homecoming Saga

The "Women of Genesis" Trilogy

The Shadow series

Post-Ender's Game, others

Books on writing

  • Character and Viewpoint
  • How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy

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