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Orson Scott Card        

Science Fiction Novelist; Best Known for his "Ender's Game" Series

Best known for his science fiction novels "Ender's Game" and "Ender's Shadow," Orson Scott Card has written in many other forms and genres. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and '70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog.

While Card's early science fiction stories and novels were earning attention (Card won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer from the World Science Fiction Convention in 1978), he supported his family primarily by writing scripts for audiotapes produced by Living Scriptures of Ogden, Utah.

Later, in the mid-1980s, he wrote the screenplays for animated children's videos from the New Testament and Book of Mormon, while the novel version of "Ender's Game" and its sequel "Speaker for the Dead" were winning the Hugo and Nebula awards.

Card's writing ranges from traditional sci-fi ("The Memory of Earth" and "Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus") to biblical novels ("Stone Tables" and "Rachel & Leah"), from contemporary fantasies ("Magic Street, "Enchantment" and "Lost Boys") to books on writing ("Characters and Viewpoint" and "How to Write Science Fiction and Fantasy"). His "Tales of Alvin Maker" series (beginning with Seventh Son) reinvented medieval fantasy in an American frontier setting.

Meanwhile, Card's commentaries on subjects from literature and film to restaurants and consumer products appear weekly in his column "Uncle Orson Reviews Everything" (published by the Rhinoceros Times in Greensboro, NC, and then online), while his writings on culture, politics and world affairs are published online at "The Ornery American." They are a part of the new blog journalism.

Card's first collection of poetry, "An Open Book," appeared in 2004, and that same year, in Los Angeles, he directed a production of "Posing As People," three one-acts adapted by other writers from short stories by Card.

Card's first venture in writing illustrated novels is the comic series "Ultimate Iron Man" for Marvel. He will also be scripting the comic book prequels to "Advent Rising," a video game he helped write. Card offers writing workshops from time to time, and recently committed himself to a long-term relationship with Southern Virginia University, where he teaches writing and literature. His "Hatrack River" website also offers free writing workshops, for both adults and younger writers.

A great-great-grandson of Brigham Young, Card is a practicing member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In addition to producing a large body of fiction works, he has also offered political and social commentary in his columns and other writing.

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