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Author is Orson Scott Card
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1 1995 2008 Alvin Journeyman
The Tales of Alvin Maker #4
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Come fall in love with a magical America that might have been...

Alvin is a Maker, the first to be born in a century.


Now a grown man and a journeyman smith, Alvin has returned to his family in the town of Vigor Church. He will share in their isolation, work as a blacksmith, and try to teach anyone who wishes to learn the knack of being a Maker. For Alvin has had a vision of the Crystal City he will build, and he knows that he cannot build it alone.

But he has left behind in Hatrack River enemies as well as true friends. His ancient foe, the Unmaker, whose cruel whispers and deadly plots have threatened Alvin's life at every turn, has found new hands to do his work of destruction.

"At long last, Card returns to what promises to be his most notable creation, The Tales of Alvin Maker....  This supurb and welcome book conrinues to saga at the same high level as before." - Booklist
2 1993 2007 The Call of Earth
Homecoming Saga #2
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"The Memory of Earth promises to be volume one of five in the Homecoming series.  And I'm hooked.... A thoroughly enjoyable piece of storytelling.  What the heck - bring on number two."  - Chicago Tribune

THE CALL OF EARTH

As Harmony's Oversoul grows weaker, a great warrior has arisen to challenge its bans. His name is Moozh, and he has won control of an army using forbidden technology. Now he is aiming his soldiers at the city of Basilica, that strong fortress above the Plain.

Basilica remains in turmoil. Wetchik and his sons are not strong enough to stop a army. Can Rasa and her allies defeat him through intrigue, or will Moozh take the city and all who are in it?

"Superb." - Publishers Weekly
3 1996 2006 Children of the Mind
Ender's Game Series #4
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THE DESTRUCTION OF LUSITANIA DRAWS NEAR

The planet Lusitania is home to three sentient species: the Pequeninos; a large colony of humans; and the Hive Queen, brought there by Ender. But once again the human race has grown fearful; the Starways Congress has gathered a fleet to destroy Lusitania.

Jane, the evolved computer intelliegence, can save the three sentient races of Lusitania. She has learned how to move ships outside the universe, and then instantly back to a different world, abolishing the light-speed limit. But It takes all the processing power available to her, and the Starways Congress is shutting down the Net, world by world.

Soon Jane will not be able to move the ships. Ender’s children must save her if they are to save themselves.

"This is a worthy ending to that might be styled a saga of the ethical evolution of humanity, a concept seldom attempted before and never realized with teh seccess Card achieves here." - Booklist
4 2003 2008 The Crystal City
The Tales of Alvin Maker #6
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"The best fantasy series in progress." - Publishers Weekly

Alvin has been trying to avert the terrible war that his wife, Peggy, a torch of extraordinary power, has seen down the life-lines of every American. Now she has sent him down the Mizzippy to the city of New Orleans, or Nueva Barcelona as they call it under Spanish occupation. Alvin doesn't know exactly why he's there, but when he and his brother-in-law, Arthur Stuart, find lodgings with a family of abolitionists who know Peggy, he suspects he'll find out soon.

"Just when you think you know what a writer has up his sleeve, he surprises you with a pair of aces.  Orson Scott Card is that kind of writer....  Card uses language in these novels like never before.  The speech os the characters refelcts their time and beliefs and his descriptions bring the magic alive for the reader." - Indianapolis News
5 2013 2019 Earth Afire
The First Formic War #2
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One hundred years before Ender's Game, the aliens arrived on Earth with fire and death. Earth Afire by Orson Scott Card and Aaron Johnston is the story of the First Formic War. Victor Delgado beat the alien ship to Earth, but just barely. Not soon enough to convince skeptical governments that there was a threat. They didn't believe that until space stations and ships and colonies went up in sudden flame. And when that happened, only Mazer Rackham and the Mobile Operations Police could move fast enough to meet the threat.
6 2014 2020 Earth Awakens
The First Formic War #3
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Nearly 100 years before the events of Orson Scott Card's best-selling novel Ender's Game, humans were just beginning to step off Earth and out into the Solar System. A thin web of ships in both asteroid belts; a few stations; a corporate settlement on Luna. No one had seen any sign of other space-faring races; everyone expected that First Contact, if it came, would happen in the future, in the empty reaches between the stars. Then a young navigator on a distant mining ship saw something moving too fast, heading directly for our sun.

When the alien ship screamed through the solar system, it disrupted communications between the far-flung human mining ships and supply stations, and between them and Earth. So Earth and Luna were unaware that they had been invaded until the ship pulled into Earth orbit, and began landing terra-forming crews in China. Politics and pride slowed the response on Earth, and on Luna, corporate power struggles seemed more urgent than distant deaths. But there are a few men and women who see that if Earth doesn't wake up and pull together, the planet could be lost.
7 2012 2019 Earth Unaware
The First Formic War #1
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The mining ship El Cavador is far out from Earth, in the deeps of the Kuiper Belt, beyond Pluto. Other mining ships, and the families that live on them, are few and far between this far out. So when El Cavador's telescopes pick up a fast-moving object coming in-system, it's hard to know what to make of it. It's massive and moving at a significant fraction of the speed of light.

El Cavador has other problems. Their systems are old and failing. The family is getting too big for the ship. There are claim-jumping corporate ships bringing Asteroid Belt tactics to the Kuiper Belt. Worrying about a distant object that might or might not be an alien ship seems...not important.

They're wrong. It's the most important thing that has happened to the human race in a million years. The first Formic War is about to begin.
8 1995 2007 Earthborn
Homecoming Saga #5
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"The fifth and last volume in Card's sprawling Homecoming saga.  More than parable, not quite allegory, Card's far-future religious saga manages, brilliantly, to be at once entertaining, unobjectionable, and edifying." - Kirkus Review

High above the earth orbits the starship Basilica. On board the huge vessel is a sleeping woman. Of those who made the journey, Shedemai alone has survived the hundred of years since the Children of Wetchik returned to Earth.

She now wears the Cloak of the Starmaster, and the Oversoul wakes her sometimes to watch over her descendants on the planet below. The population has grown rapidly--there are cities and nations now, whole peoples descended from the who followed Nafai or Elemak.

But in all the long years of watching and searching, the Oversoul has not found the thing it sought. It has not found the Keeper of the Earth, the central intelligence that also can repair the Oversoul's damaged programming.

"The conclusion of the story, in which the firstborn son of a former priest and leader sees the evil he has caused and selects his future, is vintage Card and a joy to read." - Publishers Weekly
9 1995 2007 Earthfall
Homecoming Saga #4
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"The series continues to impress."
- Kirkus Review

The Oversoul of the colony planet Harmony selected the family of Wetchik to carry it back to long-lost Earth. Now grown to a tribe in the years of their journey to Harmony's hidden starport, they are ready at last to take a ship to the stars. But from the beginning there has been bitter dispute between Nafai and Elemak, Wetchick's youngest son and his oldest.

On board the starship Basilica, the children of the tribe will become pawns in the struggle. Two factions are each making secret plans to awaken the children, and themselves, early from the cold-sleep capsules in which they will pass the long decades of the journey. Each side hopes to gain years of influence on the minds of the children, winning their loyalty in the struggle for control of reclaimed Earth.

But the Oversoul is truly in control of this journey. It has downloaded a complete copy of itself to the Ship's computers. And only Nafai, who wears the Cloak of the Starmaster by the Oversoul's command, really understand what this will mean to all their plans for the future.
10 2006 2009 Empire
Empire #1
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The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone.

The battle rages between the high-technology weapons on one side, and militia foot-soldiers on the other, devastating the cities, and overrunning the countryside. But the vast majority, who only want the killing to stop, and the nation to return to more peaceful days, have technology, weapons and strategic geniuses of their own.

When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you be on?

[A] relentless thriller, which couldn't be timelier."
- Booklist
11 2008 2010 Ender in Exile
Ender's Game Series #11
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At the close of Ender's Game, Ender Wiggin knows that he cannot live on Earth.  He has become far more than just a boy who won a game: He is the Savior of Earth, a hero, a military genius whose allegiance is sought by every nation of the newly shattered Earth Hegemony.

He is offered a choice of living as a pawn - or he can join the colony ships and go out to settle one of the new worlds won in the war.

Ender chooses the stars.  With his sister, Valentine, they take passage aboard a fast ship to Colony One.  The voyage will take two subjective years, while forty years pass on Earth and at their destination... and when Ender arrives, he will become governor of the new world.  Meanwhile, he is under command of the ship's captain: a man with ambitions, a man who thinks its unthinkable that he would be ruled by a twelve-year-old boy.  Admiral Morgan doesn't understand what Ender Wiggin is.  But he will.

"Threads from all the other books in the series flow through this narrative, which fills gaps, fleshes out familiar characterizations, and introduces well-limned new ones.  Ender's angst, combined with his handling of the intrigue swirling around him, ensures the depth for which the series is famous." - Booklist
12 1977 2006 Ender's Game
Ender's Game Series #1
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Superb." - Booklist

ENDER'S GAME

"Intense is the word for Ender's Game.  Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species.  To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses - and then training them in the arts of war....  The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games.'...  Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses, he wins all the games....  He is smart enough to know that time is running out.  But is he smart enough to save the planet?" - The New York Times

"Now, in this novel, Card fulfills his early promise... and more." - Ben Bova

"Ender's Game is a guaranteed crowd pleaser." - The Globe and Mail

WINNER OF BOTH HUGO
AND NEBULA WARDS!
13 1999 2006 Ender's Shadow
Ender's Game Series #5
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A COMPANION VOLUME TO ENDER'S GAME, ONE THAT EXPANDS AND COMPLIMENTS THE FIRST, ENHANCING ITS POWER, ILLUMINATING ITS EVENTS AND ITS POWERFUL CONCLUSION.

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. In this new book, card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean - the one who became Ender's right hand, his strategist, his friend.

Bean's past was a battle just to survive on the streets of Rodderdam. He was a tiny child with a mind leagues beyond anyone else's. Bean's desperate struggle, and his remarkable success, brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender....

"Orson Scott Card made a strong case for being the best writer science fiction has to offer."
THE HOUSTON POST

"The publishing equivalent of a Star Wars blockbuster."
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

"[Ender's Shadow] is entertaining, fast-paced science fiction.  Dont be surprised if [it] wins the Hugo and Nebula like its acclaimed predecessor."
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14 1989 2009 The Folk of the Fringe
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THE FOLK OF THE FRINGE
by Orson Scott Card


"What have you got here, Jamie?"

It wasn't Jamie who answered Tina. It was Pete.  "He's got everything.  Safety.  Good land.  Enough to eat.  Good neighbors.  And no reason to move on, ever."

"That's this year," Tina replied.

"You make trips down into the Carolina.  You go into abandonded houses, you visit places and tell stories and they give you gifts.  Needles and pins, tools and all the things that make life halfway livable.  Do you think those things will last forever?  Someday the scavenging will run out.  Jamie, don't you see that folks around here are just holding on?  But it's all fading.  And whoever stays here is going to fade, too.  But out west -"

"Out west they might all be dead!"


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The disaster predicted for so long has finaly happened.  And although only a few nuclear bombs actually fell in America, there are other, more insidious weapons - both biological and cultural - which have brought civilization crashing down.

Yet even as mob rule claims the lives on many, and deprivation and disease take an equally heavy toll, there are those who will not give up the struggle to survive.  For those people, living on the finge, there is still one last sanctuary: Deseret, a haven create and run by

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Mormons, who are slowly reclaiming Utah, Colorado and Idaho, building a new, hopefully saner society.

Now, in a series of fascinating tales as only Orson Scott Card could conceive them, you'll meet Jamie Teague, a scavenger who rescues a group of Mormons fleeing a terrifying massacre in Carolina, and agrees to help them on their journey to Deseret...  Deaver, and orphan who can't stop searching for the life he believes should have been his... Carpenter, a teacher whose wheelchair and computer-synthesized voice reflect the bitter lessons he has learned... and Sam Monson, father of the child who will one day rule a New America.  They are the people of Deseret - hard-working poineers, true survivors - determined to build a new and better society out of the ruins of what was once the United States.
15 2013 2017 Gate Thief
Mither Mages #2
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"With a little flavor of Roger Zelazny's Amber books, and a taste of Lloyd Alexander's The Chronicles of Prydain, Card has delivered a science fantasy series that manages to anchor itself both in the quotidian and the marvelous, at once darkly ancient and brightly modern."
- Locus magazine

FOR DANNY NORTH, being the most powerfu mage on Earth or Westil doesn't make high school any easier.  His impulsive miracles only make it harder to hide from the Families who want to either control him or kill him.  He knows that they will use his friends against him.

Danny is beginning to suspect he made a terrible mistake when he wove his Great Gate using the captured power of long-dead gatemages.  He hopes it won't be a fatal mistake.

"Card is a formidable storyteller with many strengths, particularly that of making the reader like and identify with his protagonists."
- The Miami Herald
16 2015 2017 Gatefather
Mither Mages #3
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Danny North is perhaps the greatest gatemage ever born.  The mage-born Families of Westil have lived in exile on Earth for more than two thousand years, but Danny's power could reopen the Great Gates and allow the Families to redouble their powers by traveling to Westil and back to Earth again.  But' it's not as easy as it might seem - the reason they are in exile is that a mysterious gatemage, called the Gate Thief, closed all the Great Gates millennia ago and still survived to stop, to kill, any gatemage who tries to reopen them.  But Danny battled the Gate Thief, and won.  Now the ways are all open, though under his control.

What Danny North didn't know at the time was that the Gate Thief had a very good reason for closing:the Great Gates.  Another power, the greatest enemy of man or mage ever created, was using the Great Gates to lay waste to both worlds - and Danny has now fallen into the power of that great enemy of both Earth and Westil.
17 1998 2008 Heartfire
The Tales of Alvin Maker #5
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Come fall in love with a magical America that might have been...

Peggy is a Torch, able to see the fire burning in each person's heart. She can follow the paths of each person's future, and know each person's most intimate secrets. From the moment of Alvin Maker's birth, when the Unmaker first strove to kill him, she has protected him.

Now they are married, and Peggy is a part of Alvin's heart as well as his life.

But Alvin's destiny has taken them on separate journeys. Alvin has gone north into New England, where knacks are considered witchcraft, and their use is punished with death.

Peggy has been drawn south, to the British Crown Colonies and the court of King Arthur Stuart in exile. For she has seen a terrible future bloom in the heartfires of every person in America, a future of war and destruction. One slender path exists that leads through the bloodshed, and it is Peggy's quest to set the world on the path to peace.
18 2009 Hidden Empire
Empire #2
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Bestselling writer Orson Scott Card returns to the near-future world created for Empire - a world where the international power of the United States has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home have been stressed to the breaking point.

When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together?

Now a new threat has appeared in Africa - one that President Torrent has been waiting for. A deadly virus is running like wildfire, killing nearly everyone who contracts it. Torrent's plan is to consolidate America's new imperial power by taking control of the chaos and finding an American cure. And, incidentally, to remove some troublesome former allies from the playing board. For good.

"Card folds his compassionate views on politics and the human condition into compelling storytelling and believable characters, and this results in a fast-paced, well-crafted SF thiller - the secret to Card's bestselling Empire." - Library Journal
19 2019 The Hive
The Second Formic War #2
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20 2021 The Last Shadow
Ender's Shadow Saga #6
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22 1992 2021 Lost Boys
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"The pull of family drama with an overlayer of rising suspense."
- Publishers Weekly

THE PERFECT PLACE TO RAISE A FAMILY

From the bestselling storyteller Orson Scott Card comes a gripping story of terror within a small town. Step Fletcher, his pregnant wife DeAnne, and their three children move to Steuben, North Carolina, with high hopes. But Step's new job with a software company turns out to be a snake pit, and eight-year-old Stevie's school is worse, an unending parade of misery and disaster. As Stevie retreats into himself, focusing more and more on a mysterious computer game and a growing troop of imaginary friends, the Fletchers' concern turns to terror. There is something eerie about his loyal, invisible new playmates: each shares the name of a child who has recently vanished from the sleepy Southern town. And as evil strikes out from the most trusted corners, it's suddenly clear that Stevie is next on the list.

LOST BOYS

"Affecting, genuine, poignant, uplifting: a limpid, neautifully orchestrated new venture from an author already accomplished in other fields."
- Kirkus Reviews
23 2011 2017 The Lost Gate
Mither Mages #1
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- The Miami Herald


A family of poor mages in exile in our world, existing in uneasy truce with other Families of Westil, the North clan lives in a rambling family complex, isolated in the hills of western Virginia.

Danny North knew from early childhood that his family was different and that he was different from them.  While his cousins were learning how to create the things that commoners called fairies, ghosts, golems, trolls, were-wolves, and other such miracles that were the heritage of the North family, Danny worried that he would never show a talent.  Everyone thought that he was a drowther, child of the mages born without magic.

But Danny is not a drowther.  Danny is a gatemage.  And when he figures that out, he knows that he'll have to run for his life.  There is only one thing that all the Families agree on: that no single clan can be allowed to open a gate back to their homeworld.  To prevent that, they have all agreed that any child who shows signs of being a gatemage will be killed, instantly.

"Mr. Card is giving a kind of tour of fantasy, possibilities while integrating them into his intricately imagined system of magic....  The hints of real history behind the families are especially enticing: I look forward to learning more."
- The Wall Street Journal
24 1992 2007 The Memory of Earth
Homecoming Saga #1
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"One of the genre's most convincing storytellers."
- Liberty Journal

High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet - to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats. To protect them, most of all, from themselves.

The Oversoul has done its job well. There is no war on Harmony. There are no weapons of mass destruction. There is no technology that could lead to weapons of war. By control of the data banks, and subtle interference in the very thoughts of the people, the artificial intelligence has fulfilled its mission.

But now there is a problem. In orbit, the Oversoul realizes that it has lost access to some of its memory banks, and some of its power systems are failing. And on the planet, men are beginning to think about power, wealth, and conquest.

"Card is a master storyteller, and The Memory of Earth is eminently readable." - The Seattle Times

"As always, Mr. Card writes with energy and conviction." - The New York Times Book Review
25 2010 2014 Pathfinder
Pathfinder Series #1
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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A POWERFUL SECRET.
A DANGEROUS PATH.


Rigg is well trained at keeping secrets. Only his father knows the truth about Rigg's strange talent for seeing the paths of people's pasts. But when his father dies, Rigg is stunned to learn just how many secrets Father had kept from him - secrets about Rigg's own past, his identity, and his destiny.  And when Rigg discovers that he has the power not only to see the past, but also to change it, his future suddenly becomes anything but certain.

Rigg’s birthright sets him on a path that leaves him caught between two factions, one that wants him crowned and one that wants him dead. He will be forced to question everything he thinks he knows, choose who to trust, and push the limits of his talent... or forfeit control of his destiny.
26 1979 A Planet Called Treason
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A DELL SCIENCE FICTION SPECIAL

TREASON - That was the crime of their ancestors and the name of the planet on which they lived out their exile.  In a world without resources, they had mutated into monsters to get a scrap of metal.  Divided into warring clans, they could never build the spaceship that meant escape from their prison planet.

Until Lanik Mueller was forced to make the cross-planetary journey that sparked a vision.  A vision of revolt.  Among men with bizarre gifts and strange talents, he saw what they could do if they worked together.  If men could work togetter on...

A PLANET CALLED TREASON

"Brimming with wonder-stimulating ideas and plot twists... likely to put its author - winner of the 1978 Campbell Award - in line for more honors."
- Publishers Weekly
27 1989 2008 Prentice Alvin
The Tales of Alvin Maker #3
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PRAISE FOR
THE TALES OF ALVIN MAKER


"A tribute in the art of storytelling... highly recommended." - Library Journal

"Card has uncovered a rich vein of folklore and magic here, to which his assured handling of old time religion and manifest love of children is admirably suited: an appealing and intriguing effort." - Publishers Weekly

"Card is one of the most important writers in the field." - Ben Bova

"[Card's] versatility of style, subject, and approach makes him unique in the SF field!' - Anne McCaffrey

"With the third installment in his Tales of Alvin Maker eries, Card's alternate frontier America epic continues to be a significant event in fantasy publishing." - Booklist

"The best fantasy series now in progress." - Publishers Weekly

IF YOU READ ONLY ONE FANTASY
THIS YEAR, THIS IS THE ONE.
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29 1988 2008 Red Prophet
The Tales of Alvin Maker #2
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"Harsher, bleaker, and more mystical than Seventh Son, this novel superbly demonstrated Card's solid historical research, keen understanding of religious experience, and, most of all, his mastery of the art of storytelling."  - Booklist

Come here to the magical America that might have been,
and marvel as the tale of Alvin Maker unfolds. The seventh son of a seventh son is a boy of mysterious powers, and he is waking to the mysteries of the land and its own chosen people.

"Red Prophet is but a section of a vast American fantasy epic.  It is vividly written, and the principal actors - Alvin, Ta-Kumsaw, the Prophet, and Alvin's Grandalfesque mentor Taleswapper - are all complete and memorable characters."  -The Philadelphia Inquired
30 2012 2014 Ruins
Pathfinder Series #2
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A COMPLEX FATE.
A DEADLY PATH.


When Rigg and his friends crossed the Wall between the only world they knew and a world they could not imagine, he hoped he was leading them to safety. But the dangers in this new wallfold are more difficult to see.

Rigg, Umbo, and Param know that they cannot trust the expendable, Vadesh - a machine shaped like a human, created to deceive - though they are no longer certain that they can even trust one another. But they will have little choice. Because although Rigg can decipher the paths of the past, he can't yet see the horror that lies ahead: A destructive force with deadly intentions is hurtling toward Garden.

If Rigg, Umbo, and Param can't work together to alter the past, there will be no future.
31 1987 2008 Seventh Son
The Tales of Alvin Maker #1
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"Card has exceeded his own high standards in Seventh Son."  - Anne McCaffrey

"This beguiling book recalls Robert Penn Warren... and promises to be a story of deep delight."  - Publishers Weekly


Come fall in love with a magical America that might have been...

Using the lore and folk magic of the men and women who helped settle a continent and beliefs of the tribes who were here before them, Orson Scott Card has created an alternate frontier America where folk magic works, and colored the entire history of the colonies.  It is into this world, amid the deep wood where the Red Man still holds sway, that a very special child is born...

"There is something deeply heart-wrenching about an America come true, even if it is only a dream, a fantasy novel.  The first volume of The Tales of Alvin Maker is sharp and clean bracing.  May its Maker grow."  - Washington Post Book World

"Card brings to building this world and his large cast of well-wrought characters formidable scholarship in history, religion, and folklore.  He also brings to it his maturing command of the English language. ...we are talking about the most important work of American fantasy since Stephen Donaldson's Thomas Covenant trilogy."  - Chicago Sun-Times
32 2005 2007 Shadow of the Giant
Ender's Game Series #9
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"The novels of Orson Scott Card's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games and psychology." - USA Today

Julian Delphiki grew up being called Bean, because he was so very small as a child. But within that tiny body was a mental giant. He was the smallest and youngest student at the Battle School, but he became Ender Wiggin's right hand.

Since then he has grown to be a power on Earth. He serves the Hegemon in the terrible wars that have followed Ender's defeat of the alien empire attacking Earth. But within his genetically modified body is a ticking time bomb - Bean has never stopped growing; from the tiny, brilliant strategist, he has grown to be a giant in body as well as mind. Soon, he will not be able to survive in the gravity of his home world.

Soon, he will have to make a terrible choice.

"Card's latest installment in his Shadow subseries does a superlative job of dramatically portraying the maturing process of child into adult....  Now, as young adults in command of human armies pitted against each other in messy conflicts with no cleat solutions, Bean's old cohorts must help create a peaceful future for Earth after they're gone."  - Publishers Weekly (starred review)
33 2000 2006 Shadow of the Hegemon
Ender's Game Series #6
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The War is over, won by Ender Wiggin and his team of brilliant child-warriors. The enemy is destroyed, the human race is saved. Ender himself refuses to return to the planet, but his crew has gone home to their families, scattered across the globe. The battle school is no more.

But with the external threat gone, the Earth has become a battlefield once more. The children of the Battle School are more than heros; they are potential weapons that can bring power to the countries that control them. One by one, all of Ender's Dragon Army are kidnapped. Only Bean escapes; and he turns for help to Ender's brother Peter.

Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, has already been manipulating the politics of Earth from behind the scenes. With Bean's help, he will eventually rule the world.

SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON

"Shadow of the Hegemon is an ideal book with which to start yuor science fiction year." - Rocky Mountain News.
34 2002 2007 Shadow Puppets
Ender's Game Series #7
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"The novels of Orson Scott Car's Ender series are an intriguing combination of action, military and political strategy, elaborate war games and psychology."
- USA Today

BESTSELLING AUTHOR ORSON SCOTT CARD
BRINGS TO LIFE A NEW CHAPTER IN
THE SAGA OF ENDER'S EARTH.


Earth and its society has been changed irrevocably in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics - the unity enforced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School.

But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless, brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistible call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. With Bean at his side, the two will reshape our future.

Here is the continuing story of Bean and Petra, and the rest of Ender's Dragon Army, as they take their places in the new government of Earth.
35 2011 2014 Shadows in Flight
Ender's Game Series #12
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At the end of Shadow of the Giant, Julian Delphiki - called "Bean" at the Battle School by Ender's jeesh - fled to the stars with three of his children: the three who shared his engineered genes that gave him both hyperintelligence and a short and cruel physical life.  The time dilation granted by the speed of their travel gives Earth's scientists generations to seek a cure, but to no avail.

In time, they are forgotten - a distant voice on the ansible speaking of events long past.  But they are about to make a discovery that will change the future of the human race.

"Card's storytelling and world-building are fantastic, and fans of the series will surely be pleased." - School Library Journal
36 1994 2007 The Ships of Earth
Homecoming Saga #3
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"The Ships of Earth, third in Orson Scott Card's 'Homecoming Saga,' brings its ill-assorted band of pilgrim/refugees far from the previous book's civic strife.  This is Card doing what he does best... he reaches for the heartstrings."  - Locus

The City of Basilica has fallen. Now Wetchik, Nafai, and all their family must brave the desert wastes, and cross the wide continents to where Harmony's hidden spaceport lies silent, abandoned, waiting for the command to make the great interstellar ships ready for flight again.

But of these sixteen people, only a few have chosen their exile. The others, Rasa's spiteful daughters and their husbands, and Wetchik's oldest son, Elemak, have been forced against their will. Their anger and hatreds will make the difficult journey harder.

"Readers of The Ships of Earth will find the book rising to Card's usual high level, with scenes of enormous power."  - The Chicago Sun-Times
37 1980 1982 Songmaster
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"Orson Scott Card is a fine writer, with great insight, great idealism and love." - Science Fiction Review

SONGMASTER

Kidnapped at an early age, the young singer Ansset has been raised in isolation at the mystical retreat called the Songhouse.  His life has been filled with music, and having only songs for companions, he developes a voice that is unlike any heard before.  Ansset's voice is both a blessing and a curse, for the young Songbird can reflect all the hopes and fears his audience feels and, by magnifying their emotions, use his voice to heal - or to destroy.  When it is discovered that he is the voice that the Emperor has waited decades for, Ansset is summoned to the Imperial Palace on Old Earth.  Many fates rest in Ansset's hands, and his songs will soon be put to the test: either to salve the troubled conscience of a conquerer, or drive him, and the universe, into mad chaos.

The Songmaster is a haunting story of power and love - a tale of the man who would destroy everything he loves to preserve humanity's peace, and the boy who might just sing the world away.  Orson Scott Card is the award-winning author of Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead.
38 1986 2006 Speaker for the Dead
Ender's Game Series #2
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"Less brash than Ender's Game.  SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD may be a much better book.  Don't miss it!" - Analog

"Told with compassion and keen insight, this powerful sequel to Ender's Game is highly recommended." - Library Journal

WINNER OF BOTH HUGO AND NEBULA AWARDS!

SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD


In the aftermath of his terrible war, Ender Wiggin disappeared, and a powerful voice arose: the Speaker for the Dead, who told of the true story of the Bugger War.

Now long years later, a second alien race has been discovered, but again the aliens' ways are strange and frightening... again, humans die.  And it is only the Speaker for the Dead, who is also Ender Wiggin the Xenocide, who has the courage to confront the mystery... and the truth

Card is a writer of compassion and his heart breaks for the individual men and women of good will who find themselves caught up and forced to participate in the race's homocidal crossfire." - Washington Post Book World

"The most powerful work Card has produced.  SPEAKER not only completes Ender's Game, it transcends it." - Fantasy Review

"A completely gripping story." - The Toronto Star
39 2016 The Swarm
The Second Formic War #1
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41 1988 2023 Treason
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Lanik Mueller is a "rad" - radical regenerative - a freak who can regenerate injured flesh...and trade extra body parts to the Offworld oppressors for iron. On a planet without hard metals, or the means of escape, iron offers the promise of freedom through the chance to build a spacecraft.

But it is a promise which may never be fulfilled, as Lanik uncovers a treacherous conspiracy beyond his imagination. Now charged with a mission of conquest - and exile - Lanik devises a bold and dangerous plan to finally break the vicious chain of rivalry and bloodshed that enslaves the people of the planet Treason.
42 2014 2018 Visitors
Pathfinder Series #3
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43 2007 2014 A War of Gifts: An Ender Story
Ender's Game Series #10
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AT THE BATTLE SCHOOL, there is only one purpose, only one curriculum: the strategy and tactics of war.  Humanity is at war with an alien rce and has been losing.  The students are drawn from all nations, all races, all religions, taken from their families at the age of six or seven.  There is no room for cultural differences, no room for religious observances, and certainly no room for Santa Claus.

But the youg warriors disagree.  When Dink Meeker leaves a Sinterklaas Day gift in another Dutch student's shoe, that quiet act of rebellion becomes the first shot in a war of wills that the staff of the Battle School never bargained for.
44 1983 2007 The Worthing Chronicle
Worthing Series #3
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THE SEED

Jason Worthing was a telepath, and the best of the ark captains sent to seed humankind anew on a hundred new worlds.  He vowed that his new world would be different from the stagnant one he had fled.  He established his colonists and his descendants; and when he was sure that they would survive, he sealed himself in the last somec chamber in all the galaxy, triggered to awaken him when his world had built a new civilization.

He slept for fifteen thousand years.  And when he awoke, it was to a future he had never dreamed of...
45 1978 2007 The Worthing Saga
Worthing Series #4
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SOMEC

It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever, then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful - they lived their lives at the rate of one year every ten. Somec created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put in motion. It allowed interstellar Empires to be built.

It came near to destroying humanity.

After a long, long time of decadence and stagnation, a few seed ships were sent out to save our species. They carried human embryos and supplies, and teaching robots, and one man. The Worthing Saga is the story of one of these men, Jason Worthing, and the world he found for the seed he carried.

Orson Scott Card is "a master of the art of storytelling" (Booklist), and The Worthing Saga is a story that only he could have written.

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46 1987 2022 Wyrms
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The sphere is alien in origin, but has been controlled by Man for millennia. A legend as old as the stars rules this constructed world: when the seventh seventh seventh human Heptarch is crowned, he will be the Kristos and will bring eternal salvation...or the destruction of the cosmos.

Patience is the only daughter of the rightful Heptarch, but she, like her father before her, serves the usurper who has destroyed her family. For she has learned the true ruler's honor: that duty to one's race is more important than duty to one's self. But the time for prudence has passed, and that which has slept for ages has awakened. Patience must journey to the heartsoul of this planet to confront her destiny...and her world's.

Wyrms is an Orson Scott Card classic, one of the novels that helped forge his young career.
47 1991 2006 Xenocide
Ender's Game Series #3
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THE WAR FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE PLANET LISITANIA WILL BE FOUGHT IN THE HEART OF A CHILD NAMED GLORIOUSLY BRIGHT

On Lusitania, Ender found a world where humans and pequininos and the Hive Queen could all live together; where three very different intelligent species could find common ground at last. Or so he thought.

Lusitania also harbors the descolada, a virus that kills all humans it infects, but which the pequininos require in order to tranform into adults.  The Startways Congress so fears the effects of the descolada, should it escape from Lusitania, that they have ordered the destruction of the entire planet, and all who live there. The Fleet is on its way, a second Xenocide seems inevitable.

Until the fleet vanishes.

The task of discovering how the ships were made to disappear falls to Gloriously Bright, the most brilliant analytical mind in a world of people bred to superintelligence.  There is little doubt that she can solve the puzzle: but will she choose life or death for the three races who live on Lusitania?

"Card has raised to a fine art the creation of suspense by means of ethocal dilemmas."  - Chicago Sun-Times

"XENOCIDE is certain to be one of the most sought-after new books of the year."  - Science Fiction Chronicles

"An undeniable heavyweight... This book combines Card's quirky style with his hard ethical dilemmas and sharply drawn portraits."  - New York Daily News






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