Orson Scott Card

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Orson Scott Card
Card at a science fiction and fantasy symposium at Brigham Young University in 2008.
Born August 4, 1951 (1951-08-04) (age 66)
United States Richland, Washington
Occupation Novelist, English Professor
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Horror, LDS fiction
Notable work(s) Ender's Game series

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Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951)[1] is a popular American writer, a critic, political writer, and speaker. He is best known for his science fiction books. His novel Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead both won the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award,[2][3][4] making Card the only writer (as of 2007) to win both of science fiction's top prizes two years in a row.[4]

Card is an English professor at Southern Virginia University. He has written two books on creative writing. Card teaches other people about writing. He is also a judge in the Writers of the Future competition. Card’s great-great-grandfather is Brigham Young, who was a leader for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Card is also a member of the LDS Church. Today he still writes many fiction works. He has also produced writing about church, politics, and society in his columns and books.

Early Life[change | change source]

Card is the son of Willard Richards Card and Peggy Jane (maiden name Park). He is the third of six children. Song-writer Arlen Card[5][6][7] is his younger brother. Card was born in Richland, Washington. He grew up in Santa Clara, California, Mesa, Arizona, and Orem, Utah. He went on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Brazil. Card graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) and the University of Utah. He also spent a year in a Ph.D program at the University of Notre Dame.

For part of the 1970s Card worked as an associate editor of the Ensign, which is an official magazine of the LDS Church.[8]

Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.[5] Greensboro has greatly affected Ender's Game and many of his other works.

Fiction[change | change source]

See also: List of works by Orson Scott Card

Card started his writing career as a poet. He studied with Clinton F. Larson at a school in Utah, BYU. Card studied about the theater. He started turning books into plays, then started writing his own full-length plays. Many of his plays were produced by theater directors at BYU. He also started writing fiction. The fiction stories he wrote in college later became The Worthing Saga.

At BYU, Card started a theater company. His theater company produced plays at "the Castle," an outdoor stage in Provo. His company's plays were the first plays ever produced at the Castle. Card also got a part-time job as a proofreader at BYU Press. Later, he got a full-time job copy editing. In 1976, Card got a full-time job as an assistant editor at the Ensign, a church magazine. He moved to Salt Lake City. While he was there, Card published his first piece of fiction, a short story called "Gert Fram." The story was printed in the July 1977 fine arts magazine under the pen name Byron Walley.

Science Fiction[change | change source]

Card wrote a short story called "Ender's Game" while working at the BYU press. He sent it to several publications. The story was about a school where boys can fight in space. He later turned the short story into a novel, also called Ender's Game.

Ender's Game and the second book in the same series Speaker for the Dead were each given the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award. This made Card the only author (as of 2015) to win both of science fiction's top awards two years in a row. The series also includes the books Xenocide, Children of the Mind, Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, "First Meetings in the Enderverse", Shadow of the Giant, Shadows in Flight, A War of Gifts, and Ender in Exile. Ender in Exile takes place in between Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. Card has said he plans to write a book called Shadows Alive to link the Shadow series and the Speaker series together. He has also written a three book series which takes place before Ender's Game. The three books are called Earth Unaware, Earth Afire, and Earth Awakens. This trilogy tells the history of the character Mazer Rackham among other things. In 2013 the novel Ender's Game was made into a movie. Asa Butterfield played the character Ender and Gavin Hood directed the movie.

Some of Card's other science fiction books include The Tales of Alvin Maker, Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus, The Homecoming Saga, and Hidden Empire.

Other Genres[change | change source]

Card has branched out into other areas of fiction with books such as Lost Boys, Treasure Box and Enchantment. He wrote a novel about the James Cameron film The Abyss and the comic book Ultimate Iron Man for a Marvel Universe series. Card wrote the narration in three video games: Loom, The Secret of Monkey Island and The Dig in the early 1990s.[9]

In 1983, Card published the novel Saints. “Saints” is a fiction book about one of Card’s ancestors. His ancestor joined the LDS Church in its early days. Card writes about his ancestor’s life up until Utah became a state.

In 2000, Card published the first book in The Women of Genesis series. These books tell the story of the women in the Bible. The books are 'Sarah (2000), Rebekah (2002), and Rachel and Leah (2004).

In 2005, Card made a magazine called Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show.[10] He edited the first two magazines, but he was too busy to keep up with it. Edmund R. Schubert was one of Card’s former students. Schubert took over the magazine and became the editor in 2006. Card also wrote the dialog and screenplay for the Xbox video game Advent Rising'’.[11]

In 2008, Card's short bookHamlet's Father was published in the The Ghost Quartet collection (Tor Books). “Hamlet’s Father” was a retelling of Shakespeare’s Hamlet.

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