Born in Washington, on August 24, 1951, Orson Scott Card Has written many novels that have captured the attention of readers both young and old alike.

 

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When he was younger, Card would often read books that were not normal for a boy his age to read, much like I did, but he was on a different level. These books included the relatively new science fiction genre, which Card uses a lot in his current writing.  Card grew up a Mormon, and has stuck to those beliefs for all his life. However when it comes to his writing, he may say things that go against his principles, or with them, depending on the character. That is something I appreciate, as I believe it is important to not let your beliefs interfere with your writing.

At the age of 16, his family moved to Utah, so his father could work at Brigham Young University. Card graduated after his junior year at BYHS and entered BYU as an archaeology major, something I find odd, considering his future interests and career. This was later switched to theater however, and he still directs plays occasionally and applies what he learned in theater to his writing.He later opened a repertory theater company which was somewhat successful, but later closed down due to debt. It was around this time when he started writing his novel, “Enders Game.”

As  I said before, Card Grew up as a Mormon. Myself, being an atheist, I can’t really relate to many of his values and beliefs. Many of them seeming, to me at least, a bit odd. Speaking of odd ideas, Card takes an interest in politics and is a rather opinionated person, as is common with people of higher intellect.  He often says things that could be considered rather controversial, even at one point going as far to comparing Barack Obama to Adolf Hitler.

All this info about Card is nice and all, however the reason I chose him for my eminent study is for his writing. Cards style is very clever, in the way that the concepts he thinks up are the kind that one could sit around for days thinking about. One Example would be from his novel “Pathfinder.” It is incredibly complex in how it describes his theories on time travel, and how it works in his book. There are three people with powers relating to time, and he goes into detail of how they could overlap and work with each other. (It’s incredibly hard to explain and it took myself a few hours lying on my bed with the book trying to understand how everything fit together.)Another thing I enjoy about Card is how he gets into the head and develops his characters. In the novel, “Enders Game” Ender is portrayed as humanities last hope. He is incredibly smart and clever, able to figure out how people think, how they will react to different situations, their strengths and weaknesses etc., as well as grasp and come up with complex and creative tactics and strategy. Card does a fantastic job of narrating Ender Wiggen’s thoughts and feelings, as well as his actions.

 

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I hope during this project I learn some more about writing technique and become slightly less petrified about public speaking and presentation. That about does it for my Intro for eminent, I really hope I haven’t made any terrible,terrible mistakes yet…