Via Paul Melko by way of David Moles, I encountered this morning a fascinating essay by SF writer and scholar John Kessel exploring and repudiating the morality of intention that underpins Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game and attempting to explain the book's enduring popularity. It's a long essay, and quite worth reading if you have any interest in morality and fiction, but here's a distillation.
Orson Scott Card was born in Richland, Washington, in 1951. He was named after his grandfather, Orson Rega Card, who was the son of Charles Ora Card, the founder of a Mormon colony in Cardston, Canada. His great-grandmother, Zina Young Card, was a daughter of Brigham Young.
Orson Scott Card is a writer, teacher, and political activist. His most well-known novels include Ender's Game (1985), Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead (1986). He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes casually called the Mormon Church, and he is the descendant of Mormon pioneers, including Brigham Young, who is his great, great, grandfather.
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Card’s observations on authorial voices and interests anticipate, in part, a significant later contribution to Book of Mormon studies in Grant Hardy’s Understanding the Book of Mormon: A Reader’s Guide. 19 By considering the Book of Mormon as literature from real humans, regardless of whether it is fiction or history, Hardy highlights the viewpoints and interests of the multiple men who.
Orson Scott Card is most often praised as an absorbing storyteller. He creates characters of great depth and places them in morally complex situations.
In the Image of God: Theme, Characterization, and Landscape in the Fiction of Orson Scott Card by Michael Collings represents the first book-length study of Card's fiction, though numerous shorter articles have appeared. As such, it deserves particular attention, not only for its own sake, but also because it sets an agenda of sorts for future Card studies.
For details, see the extensive examples listed in David Persuitte, Joseph Smith and the Origins of the Book of Mormon, Grant Palmer, An Insider's View of Mormon Origins, D. Michael Quinn, Early Mormonism and the Magic World View, American Apocrypha: Essays on the Book of Mormon edited by Dan Vogel and Brent Lee Metcalfe, the earlier collection of essays edited by Metcalfe, New Approaches To.