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Orson Scott Card

USA (1951 - )

aka Dinah Kirkham, Scott Richards, Byron Walley

Orson Scott Card is the multi-award winning and bestselling author of a number of ground-breaking SFF novels. Ender's Game is his first Young Adult cross-over novel in the UK.

Nobody had ever won the Hugo and Nebula awards for a novel and its sequel, two years in a row, until Orson Scott Card received them for Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead, in 1986 and 1987. But Orson Scott Card's experience is not limited to one genre or form of storytelling.

His contemporary novels Lost Boys, Treasure Box, and Homebody brought a powerful emphasis on character and moral dilemmas to the old-fashioned ghost story. And his newest contemporary novel, Enchantment (April 1999 from Del Rey), is a romantic fantasy that has Sleeping Beauty being awakened by an American graduate student in Ukraine in 1991. The characters pass back and forth between Sleeping Beauty's world of ninth-century Russia and today's America, with the famous anti-hero of Russian folklore, the witch Baba Yaga, following close behind. Card has broken new ground with each of his major works. "The Homecoming Saga" (the novels The Memory of Earth, The Call of Earth, The Ships of Earth, Earthfall, and Earthborn) was a retelling of ancient scripture as science fiction. Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus is the sine qua non of alternate history novels, in which time travellers return to keep Columbus from discovering America - or at least from returning to Europe after having discovered it. It will be followed by books that reinvision Noah's flood and the Garden of Eden - in historically, culturally, and scientifically plausible ways.

His works have been translated into many languages, including Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Slovakian, Spanish, and Swedish.

A dozen of Card's plays have been produced in regional theatre, including the musical Barefoot to Zion (written in collaboration with his composer brother, Arlen L. Card), which played to sold-out houses in Utah as part of the Mormon Church's celebration of the sesquicentennial of the entry of the pioneers into Salt Lake Valley. His historical novel, Saints, has been an underground hit for several years, and Card has written hundreds of audio plays and a dozen scripts for animated video plays for the family market. Meanwhile, Ender's Game is being developed for film by Robert Chartoff, co-producer of The Right Stuff, Raging Bull, and the Rocky series, with Card writing the screenplay.

Born in Richland, Washington, Card grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He lived in Brazil for two years as an unpaid missionary for the Mormon Church. He received degrees from Brigham Young University (1975) and the University of Utah (1981). He currently lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. He and his wife, Kristine, are the parents of five children: Geoffrey, Emily, Charles, Zina Margaret, and Erin Louisa (named for Chaucer, Bronte and Dickinson, Dickens, Mitchell, and Alcott, respectively).
 
Series
Hot SleepCapitolThe Worthing ChronicleThe Worthing Saga
 
Ender's GameSpeaker for the DeadXenocideChildren of the Mind
A War of GiftsEnder in ExileThe Ender Wiggin SagaFirst Meetings: Four Stories from the Enderverse
Formic Wars: Burning EarthFormic Wars: Silent Strike
 
Seventh SonRed ProphetPrentice AlvinAlvin Journeyman
HeartfireThe Crystal CityHatrack RiverAlvin Wandering
 
Maps in a Mirror Vol 1The Changed ManFluxCruel Miracles
Monkey Sonatas
 
The Memory of EarthThe Call of EarthThe Ships of EarthEarthfall
EarthbornHarmonyEarth
 
Mayflower (with Kathryn H Kidd)
1. Lovelock (1994)
Lovelock
 
Ender's ShadowShadow of the HegemonShadow PuppetsShadow of the Giant
Shadows in FlightThe Shadow Saga OmnibusThe Shadow Quintet
 
SarahRebekahRachel and LeahWomen of Genesis: 3-in-1 eBook Bundle
 
Beyond Ender Boxed Set: Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the MindEnder's Game Boxed SetEnder's Shadow / Shadow of the HegemonEnder's Shadow / Shadow of the Hegemon / Shadow Puppets
The Ender Quartet Box SetThe Ender's Shadow Series Box SetEnder's Game: Command SchoolEnder's Game Ultimate Collection
The Ender Quintet: Ender's Game / Speaker for the Dead / Xenocide / Children of the Mind / Ender in Exile.Ender's Game  Boxed Set II: Ender's Game / Ender in Exile / Speak for the DeadEnder's Game Box Set IIIEnder's Game Boxed Set I: Ender's Game / Ender's Shadow / Shadow of the Hegemon
 
Empire
1. Empire (2006)
2. Hidden Empire (2009)
EmpireHidden Empire
 
Pathfinder
1. Pathfinder (2010)
2. Ruins (2012)
3. Visitors (2014)
Pathfinder & Ruins (omnibus) (2013)
Pathfinder Trilogy (omnibus) (2014)
PathfinderRuinsVisitorsPathfinder & Ruins
Pathfinder Trilogy
 
Mither Mages
1. The Lost Gate (2011)
2. The Gate Thief (2013)
The Lost GateThe Gate Thief
 
First Formic War (with Aaron Johnston)
1. Earth Unaware (2012)
2. Earth Afire (2013)
3. Earth Awakens (2014)
Earth UnawareEarth AfireEarth Awakens
 
Series contributed to
Off to See the Emperor
 
Anthologies edited
Dragons of Light (1980)
Dragons of Darkness (1981)
The Best Science Fiction of 1987 (1988) (with Martin H Greenberg)
The Best Fantasy Stories of the Year, 1988 (1989) (with Martin H Greenberg)
The Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year: 1988 (1989) (with Martin H Greenberg)
The Best Fantasy Stories of the Year, 1989 (1990) (with Martin H Greenberg)
The Best Horror Stories of the Year, 1989 (1990) (with Martin H Greenberg)
Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year, 1989 (1990)
Best Science Fiction Value Collection 2 (1991) (with Martin H Greenberg)
Future on Fire (1991)
Third Annual Best Fantasy Stories of the Year (1992) (with Martin H Greenberg)
The Best Mystery Stories of the Year Mystery 1989 (1992) (with Martin H Greenberg)
The Best Science Fiction Value Collection 1 (1992) (with Martin H Greenberg)
Third Annual Best Horror Stories of the Year (1993) (with Martin H Greenberg)
Third Annual Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year (1993) (with Martin H Greenberg)
Black Mist (1997) (with Keith Ferrell)
Future on Ice (1998)
The Best of Sci-Fi and Fantasy (1999) (with Arthur C Clarke)
Best Fantasy Value Collection 3 (2001) (with Martin H Greenberg)
Best Horror Value Collection 2 (2001)
Best Horror Value Collection 3 (2001) (with Martin H Greenberg)
Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the Century (2001)
Empire of Dreams and Miracles: The Phobos Science Fiction Anthology (2002) (with Keith Olexa)
Hitting the Skids in Pixeltown: Phobos Science Fiction Anthology, Volume 2 (2003)
Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show (2008) (with Edmund R Schubert)
InterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology, Vol. I (2012) (with Edmund R Schubert)
IGMS: Big Book of SF Novelettes (2013) (with Edmund R Schubert)
Dragons of LightDragons of DarknessThe Best Fantasy Stories of the Year, 1989Future on Fire
Black MistFuture on IceMasterpieces: The Best Science Fiction of the CenturyEmpire of Dreams and Miracles: The Phobos Science Fiction Anthology
Hitting the Skids in Pixeltown: Phobos Science Fiction Anthology, Volume 2Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine ShowInterGalactic Medicine Show Awards Anthology, Vol. IIGMS: Big Book of SF Novelettes
 
Non fiction
Listen, Mom and DadSaintspeak: The Mormon DictionaryAingeHow to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy: A Bestselling Science Fiction/Fantasy Writer Shares
Characters and ViewpointA Storyteller in Zion: Essays and SpeechesHow to Write a MillionGetting Lost: Survival, Baggage, and Starting over in J. J. Abrams' Lost
The Great Snape DebateThe Authorized Ender CompanionThe Writer's Digest Guide to Science Fiction & FantasyEnder's World: Fresh Perspectives on the SF Classic Ender's Game
Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction
 
Anthologies containing stories by Orson Scott Card
New Dimensions 10The Best Science Fiction Novellas of the Year 2The Year's Best Fantasy Stories 6Nebula Winners 15
Fantasy Annual IIIDragons of DarknessThe Science Fiction Weight-Loss BookThe First Omni Book of Science Fiction
The Second Omni Book of Science FictionThe Year's Best Science Fiction Third Annual CollectionA Century of Horror 1970-1979: The Greatest Stories of the DecadeNebula Awards 21
Terry Carr's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year 16Nebula Awards 22A Century of Fantasy 1980-1989Strange Dreams
Future Earths : Under South American SkiesThe Norton Book of Science FictionVisions of WonderDragons: The Greatest Stories
A Magic-Lover's Treasury of the FantasticLegendsFuture on IceFar Horizons
Children of the Night
 
Short stories
Ender's Game [short story] (1977)Hugo (nominee)
I Put My Blue Genes On (1978)
Mikal's Songbird (1978)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
The Bully and the Beast (1979)
Closing the Timelid (1979)
Deep Breathing Exercises (1979)
Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory (1979)
Kingsmeat (1979)
The Monkey's Thought 'Twas All in Fun' (1979)
Mortal Gods (1979)
Quietus (1979)
Sandmagic (1979)
Songhouse (1979)Hugo (nominee)
Unaccompanied Sonata [short story] (1979)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
A Cross-Country Trip to Kill Richard Nixon (1980)
Fat Farm (1980)
Holy (1980)
The Princess and the Bear (1980)
St. Amy's Tale (1980)
Middle Woman (1981) (with Byron Walley (Orson Scott Card))
A Plague of Butterflies (1981)
The Porcelain Salamander (1981)
A Sepulcher of Songs (1981)
The Best Day (1984) (with Dinah Kirkham (Orson Scott Card))
The Fringe (1985)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
Hatrack River [short story] (1986)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
World Fantasy
Salvage (1986)
America (1987)
Eye for Eye [short story] (1987)Hugo
Dogwalker (1989)Hugo (nominee)
Lost Boys [short story] (1989)Hugo (nominee)
Nebula (nominee)
Grinning Man (1998)


Awards
Hugo nominee (1978) : Ender's Game [short story]
John W. Campbell Best New Author winner (1978)
Hugo nominee (1979) : Mikal's Songbird
Nebula nominee (1979) : Mikal's Songbird
Hugo nominee (1980) : Songhouse
Hugo Best Short story nominee (1980) : Unaccompanied Sonata [short story]
Nebula Best Short story nominee (1980) : Unaccompanied Sonata [short story]
Hugo Best Novel winner (1986) : Ender's Game
Hugo nominee (1986) : The Fringe
Nebula Best Novel winner (1986) : Ender's Game
Nebula nominee (1986) : The Fringe
Hugo nominee (1987) : Hatrack River [short story]
Hugo Best Novel winner (1987) : Speaker for the Dead
John W Campbell Memorial Award Best Novel nominee (1987) : Speaker for the Dead
Nebula nominee (1987) : Hatrack River [short story]
Nebula Best Novel winner (1987) : Speaker for the Dead
World Fantasy winner (1987) : Hatrack River [short story]
Hugo winner (1988) : Eye for Eye [short story]
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1988) : Seventh Son
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature nominee (1988) : Seventh Son
World Fantasy Best Novel nominee (1988) : Seventh Son
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1989) : Red Prophet
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature nominee (1989) : Red Prophet
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1989) : Red Prophet
Hugo nominee (1990) : Dogwalker
Hugo Best Short story nominee (1990) : Lost Boys [short story]
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1990) : Prentice Alvin
Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Adult Literature nominee (1990) : Prentice Alvin
Nebula Best Short story nominee (1990) : Lost Boys [short story]
Nebula Best Novel nominee (1990) : Prentice Alvin
Hugo Best Novel nominee (1992) : Xenocide
Prometheus Award Best Novel nominee (2007) : Empire


Books about Orson Scott Card
In the Image of God: Theme, Characterization, and Landscape in the Fiction of Orson Scott CardStoryteller: The Official Guide to the Works of Orson Scott CardOrson Scott Card: Writer of the Terrible ChoiceOrson Scott Card: Architect of Alternate Worlds
 
Links to other websites
Hatrack River - The Official Web Site of Orson Scott Card


Orson Scott Card recommends
The Winds of Altair
The Winds of Altair (1972)
Ben Bova
"The book to read in order to understand the heart and bones of the story Avatar tried to tell."
Emprise
Emprise (1985)
(Trigon Disunity, book 1)
Michael P Kube-McDowell
"Michael Kube-McDowell's Emprise proves that he can handle the vast sweep of historical events with a skill few other writers can match."
The Sorcery Within
The Sorcery Within (1985)
(War of the Dragons, book 1)
Dave Smeds
"A remarkable book...head and shoulders above the others."
Artificial Things
Artificial Things (1986)
Karen Joy Fowler
"The best new short fiction writer of the year."
Land of Dreams
Land of Dreams (1987)
James P Blaylock
"Beautiful...bizarre...a wonderful real-life fantasy!"
Swimmers Beneath the Bright
Swimmers Beneath the Bright (1987)
M Coleman Easton
"A masterful talented writer... You can trust him to deliver what he promises."
There Are Doors
There Are Doors (1988)
Gene Wolfe
"It may well be Wolfe's most perfect story."
Blood of the Children
Blood of the Children (1989)
Alan Rodgers
"Rodgers isn't one of those horror writers whose stories have no effect beyond making you gag, indeed, his grue quotient is pretty low. What he offers instead is a teaspoonful of absurdity dissolved in a quart of ordinary life, and ah, the difference that teaspoonful can make..."
Orbital Resonance
Orbital Resonance (1991)
(Century Next Door, book 1)
John Barnes
"John Barnes carries us away the way Heinlein used to do it."
Jumper
Jumper (1992)
(Jumper, book 1)
Steven Gould
"Gould proves once again that in the hands of a wonderful, perceptive writer, there is no such thing as an old idea. This is a book that you won't want to miss."
Travellers In Magic
Travellers In Magic (1994)
Lisa Goldstein
"One of our best writers."
Ghostcountry's Wrath
Ghostcountry's Wrath (1995)
(David Sullivan, book 6)
Tom Deitz
"Deitz is wonderfully inventive."
The Sum of All Men
The Sum of All Men (1998)
(Runelords, book 1)
David Farland
"When I reached the end of this first volume, The Runelords, and saw grace arise from a devastating battelfield where too many great hearts lay dead, Farland had earned the tears that came to my eyes. It was not sentiment, but epiphany."
Bloodwinter
Bloodwinter (1999)
(A Tale of Eron, book 1)
Tom Deitz
"Deitz is wonderfully inventive."
Magic Time
Magic Time (2001)
(Magic Time, book 1)
Barbara Hambly and Marc Scott Zicree
"The best new dose of magic to hit the world of fantasy literature in a long time."
Piper in the Night
Piper in the Night (2002)
Dave Smeds
"Most of all, though, what impresses me is the way Smeds makes all his characters deep enough to have the illusion of life, a bit of magic that most fantasy writers never quite master."
The Disappeared
The Disappeared (2002)
(Retrieval Artist, book 1)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"A masterful writer is at work."
Fantasy Life
Fantasy Life (2003)
Kristine Kathryn Rusch
"A masterful writer is at work."
Ringworld's Children
Ringworld's Children (2004)
(Ringworld, book 4)
Larry Niven
"Great storytelling is still alive in science fiction because of Larry Niven and his finest work is the Ringworld series."
Jack Knife
Jack Knife (2007)
Virginia Baker
"A great first novel."
The Princess and the Hound
The Princess and the Hound (2007)
(Princess , book 1)
Mette Ivie Harrison
"Powerful, surprising, moving, and deep - a classic."
The Sword-Edged Blonde
The Sword-Edged Blonde (2007)
(Eddie LaCrosse Mystery, book 1)
Alex Bledsoe
"A compelling story with fascinating characters - who are so witty and whose attitudes are so wry that I laughed and cared."
Lamentation
Lamentation (2009)
(Psalms of Isaak, book 1)
Ken Scholes
"This is the golden age of fantasy, with a dozen masters doing their best work. Then along comes Ken Scholes, with his amazing clarity, power, and invention, and shows us all how it's done."
Children No More
Children No More (2010)
(Jon and Lobo, book 4)
Mark L Van Name
"...a hero who is worth at least a dozen more novels. I want to read a new one every year."



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