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Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is well known for his work in the science fiction genre. Most importantly, his Ender Series. He was the first author to ever win back to back Hugo AND Nebula awards for his books Enderís Game and Speaker for the Dead. That was back in 1986 and 1987. In 1991 the next book in that series, Xenocide, hit the market, and in 1996, Children of the mind was published.

That book was thought to be the very end of the series, and in a sense it was. But when Enderís Shadow came out in 1999, characters were reborn. Just not necessarily the same as before. This time Bean, a supporting character in Enderís Game, was the focus of the novel. And finally Shadow of the Hegemon in 2000. He is currently working on the next book in the ďBean SeriesĒ as it could be called. This book will be called Shadow Puppets.

But that is not the only accomplishments from OSC. He has also done extensive work in the Fantasy area, with his Tales of Alvin Maker. Five novels set in a revamped American Frontier. Card has also gone and done things that are all his own with The Homecoming Saga, which includes five books that retell ancient scriptures as science fiction.

Orsonís contemporary novels Lost Boys, Treasure Box, and Homebody brought to life the old-fashioned ghost stories. His latest contemporary novel, Enchantment, is a romantic story that brings back the story of Sleeping Beauty to an American student in Ukraine.

OSC has also written one book with sci-fi newcomer Kathryn H. Kidd. The novel was called Lovelock, and featured an enhanced capuchin monkey as the main character. The second novel in that series is in the process of being written.

Orson Scott Card was born on August 24th, 1951 in Richland, Washington. His parents quickly left here though, and started a sign company in San Mateo, California. Cardís father later switched jobs and got a faculty job at BYU in Orem, Utah. Card went to Brigham High School, and graduated a year early. He then landed at BYU where he took up drama, and started writing stage plays.

After that, he started a theatre company, which soon ran bankrupt. He needed money, so he started writing. Tinker, his first story, was not accepted at Analog magazine, and was not published. So he wrote another story, based on an idea of a battleroom that he had had when he was 16. This one Analog liked and published in the August 1977 issue. It got second place in the Hugo, and won the John W. Campbell Award for best new writer.

This was just a short story though, which he later made into a novel. The one that you have probably read.

OSC has a wife named Kristine and five children named Geoffrey, Emily, Benjamin, Zina Margaret and Erin Louise. He is also a religious man, as an orthodox member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. All of this helps make his stories interesting and makes his characters have developed family relationships. Well, most of them anyways...

I would copyright this. But I don't mind if someone takes it, as long as I get credit for it.

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