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My Top Five Science Fiction Authors #2: Orson Scott Card

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Orson Scott Card (b. 1951) is the only author of the five on my list that is still living, and compared to the other four is very new to the scene, despite being 51 and being active since the late 1970’s.  Card’s most famous novel is, by far, Ender’s Game, now a staple of the modern science fiction genre.

Ender’s Game is a novel about the preparation of children from a young age to lead soldiers into battles in space, against aliens called “buggers.”  The book won the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1985 and the Hugo Award in 1986, and is currently under development in Hollywood, with Card attached to write a new script himself.

Card’s most well-known books, for the most part, are attached to Ender’s Game as sequels or spin-offs, including the sequels Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind, the spin-off Ender’s Shadow, it’s sequels Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, and Shadow of the Giant, among many other novels and short stories.

Card is unique among science-fiction writers in that he is very religious, having been a lifelong practicing member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and he is the great-great-grandson of Brigham Young.

Thankfully I still have at least one of my favorite science fiction authors in Orson Scott Card, since Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, and Wells aren’t writing too much anymore.  Hopefully Card keeps writing for years to come, so I don’t run out of things to read.

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