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Orson Scott Card

Biography

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel ENDER'S GAME and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, which follows on the novel ENDER'S SHADOW and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers."

Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 --- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. The novel-length version of ENDER'S GAME, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis and Abigail Breslin.

Card was born in Washington state, 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 runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.

He is the author many SF and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series The Tales of Alvin Maker (beginning with SEVENTH SON). There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like PASTWATCH and HART'S HOPE. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like EMPIRE and historical novels like the monumental SAINTS and the religious novels SARAH, RACHEL and LEAH. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (LOST GATE, GATE THIEF), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old.

Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card. He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.

Orson Scott Card

Books by Orson Scott Card

by Orson Scott Card - Fantasy, Fiction

From the author of ENDER’S GAME, comes an unforgettable story about young Alvin Maker: the seventh son of a seventh son. Born into an alternative frontier America where life is hard and folk magic is real, Alvin is gifted with the power. He must learn to use his gift wisely. But dark forces are arrayed against Alvin, and only a young girl with second sight can protect him.

by Orson Scott Card - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

Now he and his wife Petra yearn for a safe place to build a family --- something he has never known --- but there is nowhere on Earth that does not harbor his enemies --- old enemies from the days in Ender's Jeesh, new enemies from the wars on Earth. To find security, Bean and Petra must once again follow in Ender's footsteps --- they must leave Earth behind, in the control of the Hegemon, and look to the stars.

by Orson Scott Card - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

 

The children of the Battle School are more than heros; they are potential weapons that can bring power to the countries that control them. Only Bean escapes, and he turns for help to Ender's brother Peter, who has already been manipulating the politics of Earth from behind the scenes.

by Orson Scott Card - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+

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 against the human race has grown fearful; the Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania.

by Orson Scott Card - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

 

In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: THE SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD, who told the true story of the Bugger War.  Now, long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again humans die, and it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery...and the truth.

by Orson Scott Card - Fiction, Science Fiction

To defend against a hostile alien race, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. A brilliant boy, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is drafted to the orbiting Battle School for rigorous military training. Is Ender the general Earth needs? His two older siblings are every bit as unusual as he is, and between the three of them lie the abilities to remake a world --- if the world survives.

by Orson Scott Card - Fiction, Science Fiction, Young Adult 12+, Youth Fiction

 

On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequininos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought --- Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the pequininos require in order to become adults.