Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is an American author, best known for his science fiction and fantasy works. His most famous novel is 'Ender's Game', which won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards and was later adapted into a film. Card's works often explore themes of morality, identity, and the complexity of human nature.


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  1. 1. Ender's Game

    A young prodigy is enlisted into a military academy in space, where he is trained through complex war games to combat an impending alien invasion. Despite his initial struggles with isolation and manipulation by the academy's leaders, he rises through the ranks due to his strategic genius and leadership skills. The protagonist grapples with the moral implications of war and the cost of his own humanity, as he is groomed to be the Earth's ultimate weapon against the alien threat.

  2. 2. Speaker for the Dead

    In the sequel to a science fiction classic, humanity faces the complex consequences of its past actions. The protagonist, a once-revered child military genius, now serves as a "Speaker for the Dead," a role dedicated to telling the true stories of the deceased. He travels to a distant world to speak for a deceased researcher and becomes embroiled in the tensions between the human colonists and the planet's enigmatic indigenous species. As he unravels the mysteries surrounding the researcher's death, he confronts his own history and seeks redemption by fostering understanding and empathy between the two intelligent species, hoping to prevent the cycle of violence and misunderstanding that has plagued human history.

  3. 3. Seventh Son

    "Seventh Son" is a fantasy novel set in an alternate version of America where magic and folk beliefs are real. The story follows Alvin, the seventh son of a seventh son, who is believed to possess great magical powers. However, Alvin's abilities are not what people expect, and he must navigate a world of prejudice and danger to find his true purpose. Along the way, he meets a cast of intriguing characters, including a shape-shifting girl and a powerful wizard, and must confront his own inner demons to become the hero he was meant to be.

  4. 4. Xenocide

    In this science fiction novel, humanity is faced with a moral dilemma as they struggle to find a solution to the threat posed by the alien species known as the "buggers." As tensions rise among different factions, a young scientist named Qing-jao becomes entangled in a complex web of political intrigue and religious fanaticism. With the fate of humanity hanging in the balance, the characters must grapple with the consequences of their actions and confront the ethical implications of xenocide.

  5. 5. Ender's Shadow

    "Ender's Shadow" is a science fiction novel that follows the story of Bean, a brilliant and resourceful child living on the streets of Rotterdam. After catching the attention of the Battle School recruiters, Bean joins a group of exceptional children who are being trained to defend Earth against an imminent alien threat. As Bean navigates the challenges of Battle School, he forms a unique bond with Ender Wiggin, the legendary commander, and becomes an integral part of Ender's strategic plans. With its intricate plot and captivating characters, the book explores themes of friendship, identity, and the consequences of warfare.