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Alvin Journeyman
Alvin Maker has completed his indentures and returned to his hometown to attempt to teach others and help them develop power lke his own. Unfortunately, a young girl starts having sexual fantasies about alvin, which she pretends are true, and some people believe. Alvin has to leave town and return to Hatrack River, the town where he spent his indentures: but even more trouble awaits him in Hatrack. A pro-slavery lobby group has decided to make an example...
Children of the Mind - Ender 4
Two alien cultures and a few human ones are just about getting along on this planet after a couple decades. But suprize! Humanity is en route to destroy it. Can the now grown Ender and his reanimated siblings save the day? Can Card actually finish this series? And what is Jane going to look like?...
Enchantment (Science Fiction)
Young Vanya Smetzki first found out about his Jewish identity when he was a young boy in Russia. When his parents decide to move the family to America after the fall of comunism, he and his family stay with some family in Ukraine. While adventuring in the woods one day as a young boy, Ivan stumbles upon a chasm and what looks like a young woman lying asleem on the forest floor. As leaves rustle, afraid, Ivan uses his tracking talent to scurry home to saf...
Enchantment (Science Fiction)
This retelling of the classic story of Sleeping Beauty is certainly not for children. It begins with the hero Ivan, born in Ukraine, learning for the first time that he is Jewish. Once communism has ended Ivan's parents decide to move to America. Before they leave, Ivan goes to visit some relatives in the country. While playing in the woods he sees a beautiful woman asleep. Scared, the young Ivan runs away. Years later, Ivan is an American citizen wr...

Card booklist

Ender's Game - Ender 1
The book tells the story of Ender, a "Third" child who is chosen to go to battle school in order to later join the war between the Human race and the Buggers (Formics). Ender Wiggin is the third child in the Wiggin family, in a time in which only two children are permitted per married couple. In school he is always considered to be a "Third" and is being abused by other children, and even in his home he is being abused by his own brother, Peter. His olde...
Ender's Shadow - Ender 5
In this book, a boy named Bean is genetically altered at birth, increasing his intelligence substantially. He is sent to a space station called the battle school above earth where extremely intelligent children prepare for the next invasion by the buggers a sentient alien race. Instead though he soon finds out that the invasion is against the buggers this time and that earths fate rest in his along with his fellow graduates from the battle schools capabl...
Hart's Hope
Palicroval must commit an atrocity against Queen Beauty when he conquers her tyrant father's kingdom. When she matures, she uses her vast magical powers to retake her father's kingdom, banishing him. His (and the people's) only hope is a young country boy named Orem....
Homebody
Builder Don Lark repairs old houses that are down on their luck and sells them for a profit, never settling, down always moving on. In Greensboro, North Carolina, he moves into a house which possesses its tenants, and as he rebuilds it, strengthens the house and its powers of possession. ...
Lovelock
Humanity has finally figured out how to get guilt-free slavery: By making genetically enhanced animals to work for them. Lovelock, an enhanced monkey, begins to resent the psychological programming that forces him to be loyal to his master, (and that prevents him from ever being allowed to have sex). He decides to rebel, and the human authorities react by making plans to destroy him. ...
Magic Street
Mack Street knows he has magic powers, but he doesn't know why or who he really is. He was found in a park by a couple of skateboarders and brought to a nurse in the middle-class African-American neighborhood of Baldwin Hills in Los Angeles. The nurse, Ura Lee Smitcher, and one of the skateboarders, Cecil “Ceese” Tucker, between them raise Mack. Mack spends a lot of his time hanging around the neighborhood, having meals with other families and often spe...

Orson Scott Card list of books

Masterpieces: The Best Science Fiction Of The Century
(editor) Ace, Nov 2001, 24.95, 416 pp. ISBN: 044100864X This latest “best ... of the century” actually consists of twenty-six tales from the second half of the twentieth century and one story from the 1940s. Either that means science fiction matured considerably after World War II, the editor is too young to appreciate the early years, or the anthology should be labeled differently. In either case, the contributions are all aces and represe...
Pastwatch
In the near future, as the world's resource shortages threaten all of life, scientists have found a way to observe the past. As researchers study the history of slavery, they begin to focus on the one pivotal person that transformed the world: Columbus. His motivations, history and personality are revealed by Pastwatch, the organization that studies the past. As the observation of Columbus progresses, scientists identifies surprising motivations for ...
Prentice Alvin
Alvin Maker, a young boy with supernatural powers of creation, is sent away from his family to begin his apprenticeship as a blacksmith. His master cheats him, and his enemy the Unmaker secretly encourages people to try to destroy Alvin. Alvin meets Arthur Stewart, a young half-black runaway boy who was conceived when his mother was raped by her master. When the master sends bounty-hunters after Arthur, Alvin and his friends try to protect him, with mixe...
Red Prophet
This book takes place in Card's alternate-reality of pioneer america, where the folk-magic of the pioneers and the earth-magic of the indians are powerful forces. Several powerful political leaders of the frontier territory have different plans in conflict with one another: Arm of God Hamilton wants to incorporate the Indians and the pioneers into a new, color-blind society, while governors harrison and jackson would rather completely destroy the indians...
Seventh Son
In this alternate historical view of a magical America of the 1800s that young Alvin Miller is the seventh son of a seventh son giving him powers to "make." Alvin learns about his powers and how to fight agains the Unmaker with the help of his family and Taleswapper. It is a great tale about Alvin and his family with all the normal sqabbles and love combined with magic and battles agains the evil Unmaker. ...
Shadow of the Giant
The Shadow of the Giant is the latest installment in the "Shadow" subseries which derived from the popular "Ender quartet". Julian Delphiki(aka:Bean)saved the world from a potentially devastating alien race,with the help of a small group of millitary geniuses and Ender, the best commander the world had to offer. With the conclusion of the war, all of Ender's jeesh(team)returned home to Earth,finally, in hopes of reuniting with their families and living n...

Orson Scott Card novels

Shadow of the Hegemon - Ender 6
The war with the Formics is over and all of the children except Ender have returned back to Earth where they are the prized national treasures of their respective countries. One of the the former students of battle school is kidnaped and he soon gains their trust and takes charge of their miliatry operations. That child is Bean's dire enemy Achilles and he has taken over Russia'a military. In an effort to deprive any of the countries that they might fa...
Shadow Puppets - Ender 7
This is the continuation of the "Shadow of the Hegemon". Peter Wiggin saves Achilles from China and brings him in the compound, which drives away Bean, Petra, Virami, and other Battle School Graduates. Peter believes that he can control Achilles, but the other think differently....
Songmaster
Ansset is a young boy with a gift for music greater than anyone has ever seen. He becomes the beloved comapnion of an Emperor, but later loses his musical gift....
Speaker For The Dead - Ender 2
On a far away planet called Lusitania a new species of aliens are native to that land. They are called Piggies. They kill xenologers thinking that they are doing a great favor. But the rest of the Hundred Worlds think they are murderers. So, Andrew Wiggin, Speaker for the Dead, Ender the Xenocide, is going to Lusitania to find out why the Piggies did such things. In the Process the Starways Congress are thinking about going to Lusitania equipped with...
Stone Tablets
This book is an excellent dramatization of the story of Moses and the Children of Isreal from the Bible. Orson Scott Card brings his usual strengths in understanding people and motivation, plus strong research to tell this well known story in a new and compelling way....
The Crystal City
Tor, Nov 2003, 25.95, 384 pp. ISBN: 0312864833 In a world where magical "knacks" flourish, Alvin as expected of the seventh son of a seventh son is a Maker, who understands the essence of things. He can invent, fix, or destroy. This includes healing or killing people. Alvin's wife, the talented Peggy sees a future devastated by war and disease. She concludes that only her beloved has a chance to avert a pandemic disaster. She is not sure w...

Orson Scott Card information

The Folk Of The Fringe
Tor, Aug 2001, 12.95, 272 pp. ISBN: 0312876637 America as we know it has been destroyed by a combination of nuclear and biological weapons. However, the final death is caused by a collective cultural lack of belief in anything non material. Amidst this manifest destiny of death and destruction remains a few oasis of civilization when a fringe survivor group forges a society along the expanded shores of The Great Salt Lake. With this backgr...
The Memory of Earth
All was not well on the world of Harmony. The powerful artificial inteligence that prevented people from building weapons of mass destruction was failing. Society was not doomed immediately, but unless some humans were willing to leave the planet, the species would eventuall die. And very few were willing to leave......
The Worthing Saga
The "Day of Pain" comes to the planet Worthing and to Lared's community which has never before felt and remembered pain. Jason Worthing and his daughter Justice arrive and help Lared understand how pain and sorrow bring pleasure and joy. They do this by letting Lared "see" Jason's life and his descendants as they learn what it is to be a human being and to live and love....
Treasure Box
As a young boy, Quentin is devistated by the tragic death of his older sister, Lizzy. He grows up and becomes a computer programmer/millionaire, yet he never really finds true happiness in life until he finally meets the woman of his dreams, marries her, and begins to live for others instead of just for himself. His wife, though practically perfect in every way, is not eager for him to meet her family. Finally the day comes when she decides it's time ...
Wyrms
Tor, Apr 2003, 14,95, 304 pp. ISBN: 0765305607 Over a millennium ago, humans established a religious colony on Imakulata. The newcomers keep far away from the native Geblics, abuse the empathic Gauntish, and enslave the slow thinking Dwelfs. Since the beginning of the star ship landing, the Heptarchs have ruled humanity on this orb. However, concern surfaces over The Starship Captain's prophecy. The prediction is that the seventh seventh se...
Xenocide - Ender 3
Starways Congress sends a fleet to destroy the planet of Lusitania due to a virus, the descolada, that could wipe out humanity if released. However, this planet is inhabited not only by humans, but also two distinct species who depend on the descolada for survival....


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