A prolific American author known for his science-fiction work, Orson Scott Card is most closely associated with his 1985 novel, Ender's Game, and its sequels. Raised in a family devoted to the Church...
|Published Speaker for the Dead|
|Released the full novel Ender's Game|
|Published the short story "Ender's Game"|
|Debuted Seventh Son, first of the "Alvin Maker" books|
|"Ender's Game" movie, featuring Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley, premiered|
|Released the novelization of the sci-fi film "The Abyss"|
|Began the "Shadow Saga" with Ender's Shadow|
Born in Washington State and raised in various cities in the American West, Card was brought up in the Mormon faith, and the religion's teachings would later factor heavily into his work. He began his involvement with writing and theater in earnest after returning from an extended missionary trip to Brazil. A graduate of Brigham Young University in Utah, Card penned plays while at the school, and later began writing fiction. Developing a knack for sci-fi tales, he penned numerous short stories, many of which he would later develop into full novels, as he did with his 1977 story "Ender's Game." By the time, the expanded tale Ender's Game was published in 1985, Card had a considerable fan following. During the late 1980s, he wrote the novelization of the James Cameron sci-fi movie "The Abyss" (1989), but had little in the way of his connections to cinema during the following decades. In the new millennium, Card finally worked on his own screenplay of Ender's Game, but when it came time to make the film, director Gavin Hood's own script was used instead. The movie, starring Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford, debuted in late 2013, but its unveiling was far from smooth, due to media coverage of Card's anti-homosexual comments and writings, particularly his opposition to same-sex marriage. While Card tried to quell the controversy, it remained an issue on the eve of the film's premiere.
|University of Utah|
|Brigham Young University|
|All of Card's children are named after revered writers.|
|Card's has written under numerous aliases, most notably Byron Walley.|
|"'Ender's Game' is set more than a century in the future and has nothing to do with political issues that did not exist when the book was written in 1984. With the recent Supreme Court ruling, the gay marriage issue becomes moot. The Full Faith and Credit clause of the Constitution will, sooner or later, give legal force in every state to any marriage contract recognized by any other state. Now it will be interesting to see whether the victorious proponents of gay marriage will show tolerance toward those who disagreed with them when the issue was still in dispute." -- from Entertainment Weekly, July 8, 2013|
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