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Orson Scott Card

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Age 72
Birthday August 241951
Birth Sign Virgo
City Richland
Country WA
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Orson Scott Card is a famous Novelist, born on August 24, 1951 in United States. As of December 2022, Orson Scott Card’s net worth is $5 Million. In the mid-1980s, he became the first American author to win the Hugo and Nebula Awards in consecutive years.

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Children(s) Emily Janice Card, Charles Benjamin Card, Erin Louisa Card, Zina Margaret Card, Michael Geoffrey Card

Orson Scott Card Biography

Science fiction author who penned the Hugo and Nebula Award-winning works, Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead. His other notable books include Seventh Son, Red Prophet, and Alvin Journeyman. Orson Scott Card was born on August 24, 1951, in Richland, Washington. He is the son of Peggy Jane (née Park) and Willard Richards Card, and is the third of six children and the older brother of composer and arranger Arlen Card. Card’s family has Mormon pioneer heritage; Brigham Young, one of his great-great-grandfathers, was the second president of the LDS Church and led the Mormon pioneers west to Salt Lake City, where they settled. Charles Ora Card, who founded the first Mormon settlement in Canada, was Card’s great-grandfather from his paternal line who married Brigham Young’s daughter Zina P. Young Card. Their daughter Zina Young Card Brown married Hugh B. Brown, who was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and the First Presidency of the LDS Church..

A practicing Mormon, he had five children with his wife, Kristine Card. All of the couple’s children were named after famous authors; sadly, one child died as an infant and another passed away from cerebral palsy at the age of seventeen.

Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is an American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist, and columnist. He writes in several genres but is known best for his science fiction works. His novel Ender’s Game (1985) and its sequel Speaker for the Dead (1986) won both Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the first author to win the two top American prizes in science fiction literature in consecutive years. A feature film adaptation of Ender’s Game, which Card co-produced, was released in 2013. Card also wrote the Locus Fantasy Award-winning series The Tales of Alvin Maker (1987–2003).

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In 1964, Card and his family moved to Mesa, Arizona, where he participated in mock debates in junior high school. In 1967, the family moved to Orem, Utah, where his father worked at Brigham Young University (BYU). Card attended BYU’s laboratory school, where he took both high school and early college-level classes. At first he intended to major in anthropology but after becoming increasingly more interested in theater, he began script-writing, writing ten original plays and rewriting other students’ plays. Most of his plays were based on Mormon history and scriptures; one was science fiction. Card said script-writing developed his writing skills because he could tell when an audience was interested in his scripts by their body language. During his studies as a theater major, he began doctoring scripts, adapting fiction for reader’s theater production, and writing one-act and full-length plays, several of which were produced by faculty directors at BYU. Charles W. Whitman, Card’s play-writing professor, encouraged his students to write plays with LDS themes. Card studied poetry with Clinton F. Larson at BYU. He also wrote short stories, which were later published together in The Worthing Saga.

Orson Scott Card Net Worth

Orson Scott Card is one of the richest Novelist & listed on most popular Novelist. According to our analysis, Wikipedia, Forbes & Business Insider, Orson Scott Card‘s net worth $5 Million.

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He focused on writing poetry while attending Brigham Young University, where he also studied theater. He began his writing career as an editor for Brigham Young University Press.

In 1964, Card and his family moved to Mesa, Arizona, where he participated in mock debates in junior high school. In 1967, the family moved to Orem, Utah, where his father worked at Brigham Young University (BYU). Card attended BYU’s laboratory school, where he took both high school and early college-level classes. At first he intended to major in anthropology but after becoming increasingly more interested in theater, he began script-writing, writing ten original plays and rewriting other students’ plays. Most of his plays were based on Mormon history and scriptures; one was science fiction. Card said script-writing developed his writing skills because he could tell when an audience was interested in his scripts by their body language. During his studies as a theater major, he began doctoring scripts, adapting fiction for reader’s theater production, and writing one-act and full-length plays, several of which were produced by faculty directors at BYU. Charles W. Whitman, Card’s play-writing professor, encouraged his students to write plays with LDS themes. Card studied poetry with Clinton F. Larson at BYU. He also wrote short stories, which were later published together in The Worthing Saga.

Card served in Brazil as a missionary for the LDS Church, beginning in 1971 before he completed his bachelor’s degree at BYU. Influences from Portuguese and Brazilian Catholicism are evident in his Shadow novels and his Speaker novels. While on his mission, he wrote a play called Stone Tables. He returned from his mission in 1973 and graduated from BYU in 1975, receiving a bachelor’s degree with distinction in theater. After graduation, he started the Utah Valley Repertory Theatre Company, which for two summers produced plays at “the Castle”, a Depression-era outdoor amphitheater. After going into debt with the community theatre’s expenses,Card took part-time employment as a proofreader at BYU Press, moving on to full-time employment as a copy editor. In 1981, Card completed his master’s degree in English at the University of Utah where he studied with François Camoin, Norman Council, and David Kranes. He began a doctoral program at the University of Notre Dame but dropped out to pursue his more lucrative writing projects. At the University of Notre Dame, he was inspired by Professor Ed Vasta’s love for his students and teaching.

Card is a vocal supporter of the U.S.’s War on Terror; according to Salon, he is close to neoconservative on foreign policy issues. Card became a member of the U.S. Democratic Party in 1976 and decided he was a Moynihan Democrat. As of 2011, he continued to call himself a Democrat. Card supported Republican presidential candidate John McCain in 2008 and reluctantly supported Newt Gingrich.

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Card’s first published book, “Listen, Mom and Dad…”: Young Adults Look Back on Their Upbringing (1977) is about child-rearing. He received advances for the manuscripts of Hot Sleep and A Planet Called Treason, which were published in 1979. Card later called his first two novels “amateurish” and rewrote both of them later. A publisher offered to buy a novelization of Mikal’s Songbird, which Card accepted; the finished novel is titled Songmaster (1980). Card edited fantasy anthologies Dragons of Light (1980) and Dragons of Darkness (1981), and collected his own short stories in Unaccompanied Sonata and Other Stories (1981). In the early 1980s, Card focused on writing longer works, only publishing ten short stories between 1980 and 1985. He published a few non-fiction works that were aimed at an LDS audience; these include a satirical dictionary called Saintspeak, which resulted in him being temporarily banned from publishing in church magazines. Card wrote the fantasy-epic Hart’s Hope (1983) and a historical novel, A Woman of Destiny (1984), which was later republished as Saints and won the 1985 award from the Association for Mormon Letters for best novel. He rewrote the narrative of Hot Sleep and published it as The Worthing Chronicle (1983), which replaced Hot Sleep and the short-story collection set in the same universe, Capitol (1979). The recession of the early 1980s made it difficult to get contracts for new books so Card returned to full-time employment as the book editor of Compute! magazine that was based in Greensboro, North Carolina, for nine months in 1983. In October of that year, Tom Doherty offered a contract for Card’s proposed Alvin Maker series, which allowed him to return to creative writing full-time.

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Ranked on the list of most popular Novelist. Also ranked in the elit list of famous celebrity born in United States. Orson Scott Card celebrates birthday on August 24 of every year.

Card’s 1977 novella Ender’s Game is about a young boy who undergoes military training for space war. Ender believes he is controlling simulated spaceships but is actually controlling real spaceships. Card expanded the story into a novel with the same title (1985) to tell the backstory of the adult Ender in Speaker for the Dead. In contrast to the fast-paced Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead is about honesty and maturity. Ender’s Game and Speaker for the Dead were both awarded the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, making Card the only author (as of 2019) to win both of science fiction’s top prizes in consecutive years. According to Card, some members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA) resented his receiving of the Nebula award while editing the Nebula Awards Report. Subsequently, Card left the SFWA.

Why is Ender’s Game controversial?

Lionsgate’s Ender’s Game has been controversial because of Card, who has opposed same-sex marriage and other gay rights. The group Geek Out is calling for a boycott of the film. Hood said he understood the spirit of the boycott but asked critics to engage in a full discussion rather than writing off the film.

What religion is Orson Scott Card?

Orson Scott Card, who wrote “Ender’s Game,” the sci-fi novel on which the country’s current top-grossing movie is based, is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

In what order should I read Orson Scott Card?

Or you can read them in chronological order of story beginnings, which is Ender’s Shadow, Ender’s Game, Shadow of the Hegemon, Shadow Puppets, Shadow of the Giant, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide, Children of the Mind.

What is Orson Scott Card known for?

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender’s Game and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past.

Why was Ender’s Game Cancelled?

“One of Epic’s primary objectives is to create original and unique franchises. I don’t know that Ender’s Game fits into that strategic objective anymore.” The breakout success of Infinity Blade may have prompted the cancellation of Ender’s Game so that Chair could focus its attention on more iOS games.

Card started writing science fiction short stories because he felt he could sell short stories in that genre more easily than others. His first short story The Tinker was initially rejected by Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Ben Bova, the editor of Analog, rejected a rewrite of the story but asked Card to submit a science fiction piece. In response, Card wrote the short story Ender’s Game, which Ben Bova published in the August 1977 issue of Analog. Card left The Ensign in 1977 and began his career as a freelance writer in 1978. Ben Bova continued to work with Card to publish his stories and his wife Barbara Bova became Card’s literary agent, a development that drew criticism of a possible conflict of interest. Nine of Card’s science fiction stories, including Malpractice, Kingsmeat, and Happy Head, were published in 1978.

In 1978, the Harold B. Lee Library acquired the Orson Scott Card papers, which include Card’s works, writing notes, and letters. The collection was formally opened in 2007.

The original short story Ender’s Game is reminiscent of Heinlein’s young-adult novels because it is about a young person with impressive gifts who is guided by a stern mentor whose choices affect all of humanity. The situations and choices in the Ender series invoke a number of philosophical topics, including the rules of war, embodiment psychology, the ethics of anthropology and xenology, and the morality of manipulating children. Though Card described Happy Head (1978) as an embarrassment, it anticipated cyberpunk fiction with an investigator judge who can experience memories with witnesses. Both A Thousand Deaths (1978) and Unaccompanied Sonata feature protagonists who rebel against the dystopias they inhabit.

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