Songmaster

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Songmaster  
Author Orson Scott Card
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction
Publisher Dial Press
Release date 1980
Media type Print (Hardcover & Paperback)
Pages 338 pp
ISBN ISBN 0-803-77711-6

Songmaster (1980) is a science fiction book by Orson Scott Card. The story of the Songmaster occurs in a future human empire, and follows Ansset, a young boy whose singing voice has the power of making people's feelings stronger. This makes him both a possible healer and destroyer. He is trained in the art of singing so perfectly that his songs can show ideas and feelings better than words. This book was based on Card's short story "Mikal's Songbird".

Literary significance & criticism[change | edit source]

One reviewer said that Songmaster was "Quite possibly Card's best published work, ever."[1] The publisher described the story as "...a haunting story of power and love—the tale of the man who would destroy everything he loves to preserve humanity's peace, and the boy who might just sing the world away".[2]

Awards and nominations[change | edit source]

As with some other Card novels (Ender's Game, for example), this book started out as a shorter story "Mikal's Songbird", which was a Nebula Award finalist in 1978.[3] Songmaster got the Hamilton-Brackett Memorial Award in 1981.

Translations[change | edit source]

  • Dutch: Zangermeester ("Songmaster"), published by Meulenhoff.
  • German: Meistersanger ("Master Singer"), published by Bastei Lübbe.
  • Spanish: Maestro Cantor ("Master Singer"), published by Nova Ciencia Ficcion.

References[change | edit source]

  1. Alma A. Hromic, from a review at sfsite.com
  2. [1] quoting Tom Doherty Associates copy
  3. Per Card's Hatrack river bibliography

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