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Michelle Pedersenon 19 February 2013
Transcript of Ender's Game
Orson Scott Card Ender's Game Author Bio Critique/analysis of texts Critic's critique
Ender's Game Influences examples from the text Major themes "Card's reputation for controversy doesn't stem from his fiction. It comes from his essays and columns" (Oatman).
"I am very disappointed in Card, as a fellow human being, who has chosen to use his powerful voice to promote hate and intolerance toward gay people. I will continue to recommend Card's genre-defining books. I will continue to replace them when they get worn out or disappear. Card's books should be judged on their own (substantial) merit. Dismissing his books or his contribution to literature for young adults because I find his personal values despicable would be censorship and I love the First Amendment more than I hate homophobia" (McDaniel) “Full of surprises... Intense is the word for Ender's Game.”
-New York Times Trends:
science fiction, fantasy, and Biblical
Inspired by his brother
Moral issues and relationships Science Fiction:
“Then too bad. Look, Ender, Im sorry if youre lonely and afraid. But the buggers are out there. Ten billion, a hundred billion, a million billion of them, for all we know. With as many ships, for all we know. With weapons we cant understand. And a willingness to use those weapons to wipe us out.It isn’t the world at stake Ender. Just us. Just humankind. As far as the rest of the biosphere is concerned, we could be wiped out and it would adjust, it would get on with the next step in evolution. But humanity doesn’t want to die. As a species, we have evolved to survive. And the way we do it is by straining and straining and, at last, every few generations, giving birth to genius. The one who invents the wheel. And light. And flight. The one who builds a city, a nation, an empire.
Page 35 Works Cited... Card , Orson. Interview by David Steffen. "Buggers and Pathfinders–Orson Scott Card." Diabolical Plots. 25 Jan 2010. 25 Jan 2010. Web. 13 Feb 2013. http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=1042 “The Ender saga stands as one of the very
few serious moral tales set among
the stars... enthralling... an extraordinary talented author.”
-The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction "Ender's Game is an affecting novel full of surprises that seem inevitable once they are explained."
- New York Times Book Review "Every volume of the Ender saga comprises
some of the most hauntingly brilliant writing of
Ender's Game was based off of the idea of “the Battle Room” and was inspired by
Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Lack of science fiction novels “It was an idea that rang true with me, perhaps in part because of my Mormon upbringing and beliefs” The military aspects of the book
were influenced by his older
brother Bill. Card, Orson Scott. "Introduction." Introduction. Ender's Game. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1991. Xi-Xxvi. Print. Card, Orson Scott. "Introduction." Introduction. Ender's Game. New York: Tom Doherty Associates, 1991. Xi-Xxvi. Print. Born in Washington state in 1951
Named after his grandfather, who was very active in the Mormon Church
Grew up in California and Utah
Was an avid reader as a child
His mother had a love for performing arts that she passed on to him
Received a bachelor's degree in Theater from Bringham Young University after taking a two year break for a mission trip to Brazil
Married Kristine Allen in 1977 and eventually had five children
Teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University Other Works Orson Scott Card Similar Authors and Texts Fantasy
Rachael and Leah
The Tales of Alvin Maker
An Open Book
Plays and Scripts William Gibson
The Forever War
Zoe's Tale (an Old Man's War)
Ursula K Le Guin
The Gods Themselves
Kim Stanley Robinson
Mars Trilogy (kindle) McDaniel, Kelley. "Freedom for what we hate." School Library Journal Mar. 2008: 14. Academic OneFile. Web. 17 Feb. 2013. Oatman, Eric. "The Ornery American." School Library Journal Jun. 2008: 4. EBSCOhost. Web. 17 Feb. 2013. "About Orson Scott Card." About Orson Scott Card. Hatrack River Enterprises Inc., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2013. ("About Orson Scott Card") ("About Orson Scott Card) Fantasy:
The monitor gone. Ender tried to imagine the little device missing from the back of his neck. I’ll roll over on my back in bed and it won’t be pressing there. I won’t feel it tingling and taking up the heat when I shower.
And Peter won’t hate me anymore. I’ll come home and show him that the monitor’s gone, and he’ll see that I didn’t make it, either. That I’ll just be a normal kid now, like him.
Page 2 Relationships:
He lifted his foot ,took a step, and then knelt on Ender, his knee pressing into Enders belly just below the breast bone. He put more and more of his weight on Ender. It became hard to breathe.
“ I could kill you like this,” Peter whispered. “Just press and press until you’re dead. And I could say that I didn’t know it would hurt you, that we were playing just playing and they’d believe me, and everything would be fine. And you’d be dead. Everything would be fine.
Ender could not speak; the breath was being forced from his lungs. Peter might mean it. Probably didn’t mean it, but then he might.
Page 12 Card, Orson Scott. Ender's game. Rev. ed. New York: Tor, 1991. Print. Card, Orson Scott. Ender's game. Rev. ed. New York: Tor, 1991. Print. "ENDER'S GAME NEW MOVIE TRAILER - YouTube." YouTube. N.P., N.D. Web. 17 Feb. 2013. Enders Movie Trailer Card, Orson Scott. "Orson Scott Card on Libraries." Interview. Youtube. N.p., 25 June 2012. Web. 13 Feb. 2013. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUaVeONmaT8>. "Ender's Game." Book Lore Review. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Feb. 2013. <http://www.booklore.co.uk/PastReviews/CardOrsonScott/EndersGame/EndersGameReview.htm>. "Ender's Game: Nebula and Hugo Award Winner." Hatrack River-The Offical Website Of Orson Scott Card. Tom Doherty Associates, Inc., 2013. Web. 14 Feb. 2013. <http://hatrack.com/osc/books/endersgame/endersgame.shtml>. Games: distinguish games from reality
Compassion: It saves Ender. Even unlikely characters like Graff and Rackham show compassion. Shows they are capable of compassion because they are human.
Ruthlessness: If not overcome, it will ultimately lead to destruction.
Humanity: The ability to feel for others is the key to humanity
Adults and children: children have real emotions and thoughts. Children are capable. Adults usually manipulated them. Card , Orson. Interview by David Steffen. "Buggers and Pathfinders–Orson Scott Card." Diabolical Plots. 25 Jan 2010. 25 Jan 2010. Web. 13 Feb 2013. http://www.diabolicalplots.com/?p=1042