I first read Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, at the age of 17. I had a close friend, who loved to read, introduce the book to me. He told me it was great and that I should definitely check it out.
After finally buying it and starting it, I became immersed in this masterpiece. So many modern dilemmas and morale controversies present themselves in this masterpiece of science fiction, all interwoven with wholly realistic and sympathetic characters.
After I finished Ender’s Game, I quickly started trying to get my hands on every Orson Scott Card book I could find. I quickly read Speaker for the Dead (sequel to Ender’s Game) and then came across the Homecoming Series (although I didn’t know at the time these were based on Mormon theology, I believe they stand amazing by themselves).
After learning more about the author, I learned that Card’s writing has constantly been heavily influenced by his Mormon religious beliefs. Although I’m not Mormon, I highly respect his ability to write and without a doubt consider Orson Scott Card one of the best (if not the very best) science fiction writers of our time.
He understands human interaction and emotion and is able to turn otherwise exhausted ideas into powerful and moving stories of hope, love, friendship, and betrayal.
Card is also a master of writing dialog. I believe this came from his experience as a playwright when he was a college student.
Although I’ve read a majority of Mr. Card’s work, I still find little gems here and there-maybe old books from his early career that I’ve somehow overlooked or that has had an otherwise very low profile.
I stand firm on my belief, though, that Card’s earlier works are much better than his more recent writing. As with many writers, his novels from the beginning of his career are fresh with ideas, and contain the pure essence of his ability. For example, his book The Worthing Saga, is a profound statement of our existence as a whole. The Worthing Saga is also a compilation of some of his earliest short stories.
If you enjoy science fiction, I recommend you check out OSC. His writing breaks all the rules, while creating entirely new ones that writers will be copying for many years to come.