Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card (1951-) is best known for Enderís Game and the other novels in the series, especially Speaker for the Dead, which have been recognized and awarded among science fiction circles. Card has also written in a variety of other genres, including plays, short stories, books on writing, the Homecoming series, other science fiction books, and nonfiction, such as articles on computer technology.
Enderís Game first appeared in abbreviated form in a magazine in 1977. Card later expanded it into a full-length novel, published in 1985, to better establish Ender as a character for Speaker for the Dead. There is a film based on the novel currently in the works.
Card himself was born and raised out in the western United States as
a Mormon. As a youth, he read a good deal of fiction and history, and
was exposed as a teenager to the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov,
which stuck with him. He had five children and now lives in Greensboro,
North Carolina (featured in Enderís Game).
The main literary influence on Card was the Foundation novels
by Isaac Asimov. The books are based on the idea that there are predictable
cycles to history, and a psychohistorian uses these to predict the future
in order to shorten a dark period; on a much smaller scale, Peter does
this, when he influences events to prevent large-scale war from breaking
out. Also in common with Enderís Game is the need to save
mankind, and the spread of man through the universe. Fighting is seen
as a last option, and trickery and deceit are often used.
The main historical influence would seem to be the Cold War. This manifests
itself in the world polarization into two political spheres, Peterís monitoring
of Russian troop movements and fear of war, and weapons that can destroy
whole worlds. It is even possible that the Russian image of training kids
demandingly for the future formed part of the basis of Cardís conception
of Battle School. Throughout the book, Card also makes numerous historical
allusions, to figures such as Locke, Demosthenes, Caesar, and Alexander.
This serves to ground the novel more, to make it seem more as a possible
future for Earth, by giving the reader identifiable points from which
to project from.
Cite this page:
McCauley, Kelly. "TheBestNotes on Ender's Game".
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