* DeliberateFlawRetcon: In his introduction to ''Literature/EndersShadow'', Card says that any differences between that book and ''Literature/EndersGame'' 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.'"
* ExtremelyLengthyCreation: He has a tendency to wander around before continuing a series.
** ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheMind'' 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 ''Literature/EndersShadow'' 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 Literature/AlvinMaker series, came out in 2003. Book seven, ''Master Alvin'', is still in the works.
* MagnumOpusDissonance: [[http://www.hatrack.com/osc/reviews/everything/2013-04-04.shtml Card feels his best work is]] his short story ''[[http://janlowman.escuelacampoalegre.wikispaces.net/file/view/Card,+Unaccompanied+Sonata.pdf Unaccompanied Sonata]]''. Similarly it's noted on ''Literature/EndersGame'' page that it was meant to be a lead-up for ''Literature/SpeakerForTheDead'', though he's come to appreciate the first book just as much. However, [[http://www.hatrack.com/osc/reviews/everything/2014-04-17.shtml 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.