Orson Scott Card

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Orson Scott Card

in Richland, Washington, The United States
August 24, 1951




Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools.
Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy (Magic Street, Enchantment, Lost Boys), biblical novels (Stone Tables, Rachel and Leah), the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker (beginning with Seventh Son), poetry (An Open Book), and many plays and scripts.

Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he teaches occasional classes and workshops and directs plays. He recently began a

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January 2011, Orson Scott Card
"Mercurial gods are trapped on Earth in The Lost Gate, a new fantasy from a science fiction master." ...More

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“Perhaps it's impossible to wear an identity without becoming what you pretend to be.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

“In the moment when I truly understand my enemy, understand him well enough to defeat him, then in that very moment I also love him. I think it’s impossible to really understand somebody, what they want, what they believe, and not love them the way they love themselves. And then, in that very moment when I love them.... I destroy them.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game

“If you try and lose then it isn't your fault. But if you don't try and we lose, then it's all your fault.”
Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game


SERIES DISCUSSION: This poll determines which two series will move on to the run-off poll for our second official Beyond Reality Series Discussion!

The Wars of Light and Shadow - Janny Wurts
  14 votes, 29.2%

Chronicles of Amber - Roger Zelazny
  10 votes, 20.8%

Book of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe
  6 votes, 12.5%

The Chanur series - C.J. Cherryh
  5 votes, 10.4%

Saga of Pliocene Exile / Intervention / Galactic Milieu - Julian May
  3 votes, 6.3%

The Dragaeran Books - Steven Brust
  2 votes, 4.2%

The Shadowmarch series - Tad Williams
  2 votes, 4.2%

Chronicles of the Cheysuli - Jennifer Roberson
  2 votes, 4.2%

The Recluce Saga - L.E. Modesitt Jr.
  1 vote, 2.1%

Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever - Stephen R. Donaldson
  1 vote, 2.1%

The Garrett, PI series - Glen Cook
  1 vote, 2.1%

The Alvin Maker series - Orson Scott Card
  1 vote, 2.1%

The Dragon Prince & Dragon Spawn trilogies - Melanie Rawn
  0 votes, 0.0%

The Emberverse series - S.M. Stirling
  0 votes, 0.0%


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