Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card was born August 24, 1951 in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is the great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, Card is an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He began his writing career while attending Brigham Young University by adapting fiction for theater production and eventually writing his own full length plays. After his Latter-day Saints mission in Brazil, Card returned to Provo, Utah where be worked as a copy editor. Not long after he published his first work of fiction in the church's official magazine, Ensign.

While working for Brigham Young University Press, Card wrote Ender's Game. It was purchased by fellow science fiction author Ben Bova and published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact in August 1977. He worked for several years on a contract with the Latter-day Saints writing audio plays but eventually had to stop freelancing and return to full-time employment, this time as the book editor for Compute! Magazine. In October of 1983, he contracted the Alvin Maker books, allowing him to return to writing exclusively.

Over the years Card has written under a number of pseudonyms including: Byron Walley, Brian Green, Dinah Kirkham, Noam Pellume and Scott Richards. He has chosen to do this for a variety of reasons and has said "I was trying to establish a separate identity in the marketplace, but for various reasons the marketing strategy didn't work as we'd hoped."

Card holds a permanent position as distinguished professor at Southern Virginia University, where he sometimes teaches creative writing and holds writers workshops. He is the only author to be awarded both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award in consecutive years, for Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife, Kristine, where he writes a review column for the local Rhinoceros Times called "Uncle Orson Reviews Everything."

The Worthing Chronicle

"Jason Worthing was a telepath, and the best of the ark captains sent to seed humankind anew on a hundred new worlds. He vowed that his new world would be different from the stagnant one he had fled. He established his colonists and his descendants; and when he was sure that they would survive, he sealed himself in the last somec chamber in all the galaxy, triggered to awaken him when his world had built a new civilization. He slept for fifteen thousand years. And when he awoke, it was to a future he had never dreamed of..."

Original Publication: Ace, July 1983
This Edition: Ace, July 1983
Cover Art: Don Maitz
Format: Paperback

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Wyrms

"It is an alien sphere, but one controlled by Man for Millennia. A legend as old as the stars rules this world: when the seventh seventh seventh human Heptarch is crowned, he will be the Kristos and will bring eternal salvation nor the destruction of the cosmos. Patience is the only daughter of the rightful Heptarch, but she, like her father before her, serves the usurper who has destroyed her family. For she has learned the true ruler's honor: that duty to one's race is more important that duty to one's self. But the time for prudence has passed, and that which has slept for ages has awakened. And Patience must journey to the heartsoul of this planet to confront her destiny...and the world's."

Original Publication: Arbor House, July 1987
This Edition: Tor, August 1988
Cover Art: Dennis Nolan
Format: Paperback

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Dragons of Light

"The Dragons are Coming! *The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin *The George Business by Roger Zelazny *One Winter in Eden by Michael Bishop *A Drama of Dragons by Craign Show Gardner *Silken Dragon by Steven Edward McDonald *Dragon Lore by Steve Rasnic Tem *Eagle Worm by Jessica Amanda Samonson *The Dragon of Dunloon by ARthur Dembling *If I Die Before I Wake by Greg Bear *As Above, So Below by John M. Ford *Cockfight by Jane Yolen *From Bach to Broccoli by Richard Kerns *Dragon Touched by Dave Smeds"

Original PublicBart, June 1988
Cover Art: Unknown
Format: Paperback

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Interior artwork credited to individuals and include: Tina Bear, Terri Windling, Alicia Austin, Geofrey Darrow, Val and John Lakey, Gini Shurtleff, Ron Miller, Victoria Poyser, Dileen Marsh, Greg Bear, Judy King-Rieniets and Michael Hague. Contents: The Ice Dragon by George R. R. Martin, The George Business by Roger Zelazny, One Winter in Eden by Michael Bishop, A Drama of Dragons by Craig Shaw Gardner, Silken Dragon by Steven E. McDonald, Dragon Lore by Steve Rasnic Tem, Eagle-Worm by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, The Dragon of Dunloon by Arthur Dembling, If I Die Before I Wake by Greg Bear, As Above, So Below by John M. Ford, Cockfight by Jane Yolen, From Bach to Broccoli by Richard Kearns and Dragon Touched by Dave Smeds.

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Eye for Eye

"Eye for Eye - Mick Winger is only seventeen - and already he's killed over a dozen people. Not on purpose; he never meant to hurt anyone. But when Mick gets angry, people die, even the people he loves the most. Now he's on the run from his own terrible talent, and from those who would use his power for their obscene purposes. For Mick is not alone. There are others like him. And if he will not join them, they will make him pay...eye for eye. The Tunesmith - Erlin Baque is the last true musician on Earth. Commerical jingles have replaced real art. The Performers' Guild enforces mediocrity on pain of blacklisting. And the powerful overlords of business and industry are not about to let a lone tunesmith change this very profitable arrangement. But Baque has one weaopn his enemies cannot resist: his music."

Original Publication: Tor Double, November 1990
This Edition: Tor Double, November 1990
Cover Art: Mike Ferrari
Format: Paperback

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Tor Double with The Tunesmith by Lloyd Biggle, Jr. Also contains foreword and afterword How Lloyd Biggle, Jr. Changed My Life by Orson Scott Card

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Flux: Tales of Human Futures

"Here are seven tales of the possible futures open to humanity, including Card's brilliant story, "The Orginist," set with permission in Isaac Asimov's Foundation universe."

Original Publication: Tor, September 1992
This Edition: Tor, September 1992
Cover Art: Peter Scanlan
Format: Paperback

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Contents: A Thousand Deaths, Clap Hands and Sing, Dogwalker, But We Try Not to Act Like it, I Put My Blue Genes On, In the Doghouse and The Orginist by Orson Scott Card. In the Doghouse is a collaboration with Jay A. Parry.

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The Memory of Earth

"High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet - to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats. To protect them, most of all, from themselves. The Oversoul has done its job well. There is no war on Harmony. There are no weapons of mass destruction. There is no technology that could lead to weapons of war. By control of the data banks, and subtle interference in the very thoughts of the people, the artificial intelligence has fulfilled its mission. But now there is a problem. In orbit, the Oversoul realizes that it has lost access to some of its memory banks, and some of its power systems are failing. And on the planet, men are beginning to think about power, wealth, and conquest."

Original Publication: Tor, March 1992
This Edition: Tor, 1999
Cover Art: Keith Parkinson
Format: Paperback

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The Call of Earth

"The Call of Earth continues the story of Nafai, his family, and the few other people selected by the Oversoul to leave the city of Basilica, and their former lives. When the human refugees from a ruined Earth founded colony on the planet Harmony, they determined that this world would not be devastated by the endless cycle of vicious warfare that had characterized human life from the beginning. They didn't try to change human nature. Instead they installed a powerful computer, called the Oversoul, and gave it the task of governing human affairs by subtly influencing human minds. That was millions of years ago. Now the OVersoul is growing weak, breaking down. It must be returned to Earth, to the master computer called the Keeper of Earth, to be repaired. The Oversoul must have human help to make that journey. But as the Oversoul grows weaker, a great warrior has arisen, stronger, smarter perhaps, than Nafai and his allies. His name is Moozh, and he is deliberately flouting the will of the Oversoul. He has won control of an army using forbidden technology. Now he is aiming his soldiers straight at Basilica, that strong fortress above the plains. Who will stop him? Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons, Nafai and Issib, Elemak and Mebbekew, are not strong enough to resist alone. can Rasa and her allies defeat him through intrigue, or will Moozh take the city and all who are in it? And meanwhile, in their dreams, the most sensitive people of the planet Harmony hear the call of the Keeper of Earth."

Original Publication: Tor, January 1993
This Edition: Tor, January 1993
Cover Art: Keith Parkinson
Format: Hardback

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Maps by Ellisa Mitchell.

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Lost Boys

"From the bestselling storyteller Orson Scott Card comes a gripping story of terror within a small town. Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina with high hopes. But Steps new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and eight-year-old Stevie's school is worse. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, Fletcher's concern turns to terror. Young boys whose names match a list of Stevie's non-existent friends have mysteriously vanished from Stueben. And as evil strikes out from the most trusted corners, its suddenly clear: Stevie's next on the list."

Original Publication: Harper Collins, November 1992
This Edition: Harper Paperbacks, December 1993
Cover Art: Kirk Reinert
Format: Paperback

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The Call of Earth

"As Harmont's Oversoul grows weaker, a great warrior has arisen to challenge its bans. His name is Moozh, and he has won control of an army using forbidden technology. Now he is aiming his soldiers at the city of Basilica, that strong fortress above the Plain. Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons are not strong enough to stop an army. Can Rasa and her allies defeat him through intrigue, or will Moozh take the city and all who are in it?"

Original Publication: Tor, January 1993
This Edition: Tor, January 1994
Cover Art: Keith Parkinson
Format: Paperback

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Interior Artwork by Ellisa Mitchell

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Ender's Game

""Intense is the world for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses - and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of "games"...Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games...He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?" - The New York Times"

Original Publication: Tor, January 1985
This Edition: Tor, July 1994
Cover Art: John Harris
Format: Paperback

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Speaker for the Dead

""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 the aliens' ways are strange and frightening...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."

Original Publication: Tor, March 1986
This Edition: Tor, August 1994
Cover Art: John Harris
Format: Paperback

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Children of the Mind

"The destruction of Lusitania draws near.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 again the human race has grown fearful; the Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania. Jane, the evolved computer intelligence, can save the three sentient races of Lusitania. She has learned how to move ships outside the Universe, and then instantly back to a different world, abolishing the light-speed limit. But it takes all the processing power available to her, and the Starways Congress is shutting down the Net, world by world. Soon Jane will not be able to move the ships. Ender's children must save her if they are to save themselves."

Original Publication: Tor, August 1996
This Edition: Tor, June 1997
Cover Art: John Harris
Format: Paperback

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Pastwatch: The Redemption

"In one of the most powerful and thought-provoking novels of his remarkable career, Orson Scott Card interweaves a compelling portrait of Christopher Columbus with the story of a future scientist who believes she can alter human history from a tragedy of bloodshed and brutality to a world filled with hope and healing."

Original Publication: Tor, 1996
This Edition: Tor, February 1997
Cover Art: Thomas Snowdon-Romer
Format: Paperback

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Heartfire

"Just when you think you know what a writer has up his sleeve, he surprises you with a pair of aces. Orson Scott Card is that kind of writer Red Prophet and its predecessor, Seventh Son, beguile us with the stories of Alvin Card uses language in these novels like never before. The speech of the characters reflects their time and beliefs, and his descriptions bring the magic alive for the reader. Indianapolis News"

Original Publication: Tor, August 1998
This Edition: Tor, May 1999
Cover Art: Dennis Nolan
Format: Paperback

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Ender's Shadow

"Orson Scott Card brings us back to the very beginning of his brilliant Ender Quartet, with a novel that allows us to reenter that world anew. With all the power of his original creation, Card has created a parallel volume to Ender's Game, a book that expands and complements the first, enhancing its power, illuminating its events and its powerful conclusion. The human race is at War with the "buggers," an insect-like alien race. The first battles went badly, and now as Earth prepares to defend itself against the imminent threat of total destruction at the hands of an inscrutable alien enemy, all focus is on the development and training of military geniuses who can fight such a ear, and win. The long distances of interstellar space have given hope to the defenders of Earth - they have time to train these future commanders up from childhood, forging them into an irresistible force in the high-orbital facility called the Battle School. Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this new book, Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean - the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist, and his friend. One who was with him, part of his team, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. He first appeared on the streets of Rotterdam, a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else's. He knew he could not just survive through strength; he used his tactical genius to gain acceptance into a children's gang, and then to help make that gang a template for success for all others. He civilized them, and lived to grow older. Bean's desperate struggle to live, and his success, brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for the leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean as sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender...."

Original Publication: Tor, September 1999
This Edition: Tor, September 1999
Cover Art: Lisa Falkenstern
Format: Hardback

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Shadow of the Hegemon

"The War is over, won by Ender Wiggin and his team of brilliant child-warriors. The enemy is destroyed, the human race is saved. Ender himself refuses to return to the planet, but his crew has gone home to their families, scattered across the globe. The battle school is no more. But with the external threat gone, the Earth has become a battlefield once more. The children of the Battle School are more than heros; they are potential weapons that can bring power to the countries that control them. One by one, all of Ender's Dragon Army are kidnapped. Only Baen escapes; and he turns for help to Ender's brother Peter. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, has already been manipulating the politics of Earth from behind the scenes. With Baen's help, he will eventually rule the world."

Original Publication: Tor, January 2001
This Edition: Tor, Date Unknown
Cover Art: Lisa Falkenstern
Format: Paperback

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Shadow Puppets

"Earth and its society has been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics - the unity enforced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School. But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless borther, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. WIth Baen at his side, the two will reshape our future. Here is the continuing story of Baen and Petra, and the rest of Ender's Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth."

Original Publication: Tor, August 2002
This Edition: Tor, June 2003
Cover Art: Bob Warner
Format: Paperback

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Empire

"The American Empire is growing too dast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone. The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side and the militia foot soldiers on the other, devestating the cities and overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing to stop and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have technology, weapons and strategic geniuses of their own. When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you be on?"

Original Publication: Tor, November 2006
This Edition: Tor, December 2007
Cover Art: Bob Warner
Format: Paperback

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Earth Awakens

"Nearly one hundred years before the events of Orson Scott Card's bestselling novel Ender's Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earrthand out into the solar system; a thin web of ships in both asteroid belts, a few stations, a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other spacefaring races. Everyone expected that first contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw somehting moving too fast, heading directly for our sun. When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and supply stations. So Earth and Luna were unaware that they had been invaded until the ship pulled into Earth's orbit and began landing terraforming crews in China. Politics and pride slowed the response on Earth doesn't wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost. Now everything depends on a few quick-thinking teams - Mazer Rackham;s squad in China, who have developed a method to destroy the alein landers one by one, and Lem Jukes and his crew on the Moon, who may have the key to destroying the Formic mother ship in orbit."

Original Publication: Tor, June 2014
This Edition: Tor, June 2014
Cover Art: John Harris
Format: Hardback

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Collaboration with Aaron Johnston

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