Orson Scott Card is the national bestselling author of the Ender’s Universe novels. His newest book, ENDER IN EXILE, is published by Tor. Most recently, Mr. Card was awarded the 2008 Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in Young Adult literature from the American Library Association.
Best known for his classic novels Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow, Mr. Card’s work has won multiple awards, including back-to-back wins of the coveted Hugo and Nebula Awards – the only author to have done so in consecutive years. His titles have also landed on “best-of” lists and been adopted by cities, universities, and libraries for reading programs.
The Ender novels have impacted other areas of pop culture, inspiring a Marvel Comics series, a forthcoming video game from Chair Entertainment, and pre-production on a film version. Mr. Card offers writing workshops and occasionally teaches writing and literature at universities.
In our SCIENCE AND SOCIETY interview, Mr. Card discusses the tremendous cross-over appeal of the Ender novels, comparable to that of the Harry Potter novels and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. He offers insight on character development, the creative process, and what constitutes a good story. Mr. Card also discusses the critical importance of developing young peoples’ literacy skills and reading habits.