Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is an American author known for his science fiction works, particularly the novel 'Ender's Game' and its sequels. He has also written in other genres, including fantasy, historical fiction, and political thrillers.


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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.

    The 897th Greatest Book of All Time
  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.

    The 2923rd Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Ender's War

    This science fiction novel follows a young prodigy named Ender Wiggin, who is recruited into an advanced military academy in space to prepare for an impending alien invasion. In a future where Earth has barely survived two conflicts with the Formics, an insectoid alien species, Ender is trained through increasingly difficult war games in zero gravity to develop tactics and leadership skills. As he progresses, Ender struggles with the isolation, manipulation by the military leaders, and the moral implications of his actions in simulations that become disturbingly realistic. The novel explores themes of leadership, the ethics of war, and what it means to truly understand one's enemy.

    The 10108th Greatest Book of All Time
  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.

    The 10191st Greatest Book of All Time
  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.

    The 10592nd Greatest Book of All Time
  6. 6. 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.

    The 10922nd Greatest Book of All Time