Trivia / Orson Scott Card

  • Deliberate Flaw Retcon: In his introduction to Ender's Shadow, Card says that any differences between that book and Ender's Game are "deliberate, to show the differences in the experiences of the two children." And then lampshades it by saying, "As my programmer friends would say, 'There are no bugs, only features.'"
  • Extremely Lengthy Creation: He has a tendency to wander around before continuing a series.
    • Children of the Mind came out in 1996, and despite fans wanting to know what happens next, Card wrote a ton of prequels.
    • It took seven years to make the fifth book of the Ender's Shadow prequel series.
    • He co-wrote Lovelock with Kathryn H. Kidd in 1994. It's supposed to be part one of The Mayflower Trilogy, and the second book still isn't out.
    • The Crystal City, sixth book of the Alvin Maker series, came out in 2003. Book seven, Master Alvin, is still in the works.
  • Magnum Opus Dissonance: Card feels his best work is his short story Unaccompanied Sonata. Similarly it's noted on Ender's Game page that it was meant to be a lead-up for Speaker for the Dead, though he's come to appreciate the first book just as much. However, he doesn't mind that it has become so much more popular than his later work.
    Card: Readers choose which books and stories they'll care about most and remember best, and if I am remembered only for a novel I wrote in 1984, and not for the better books I wrote after that, I'm not going to complain: Writers are lucky if readers care about and remember any of their works, and a writer is a fool if he criticizes his readers for liking the wrong book.