Maps in a Mirror is a book containing the complete short fiction of author Orson Scott Card. The book contains 46 short stories spanning many genres, as well as many previously unknown stories by Card and a poem, including the original short story version of Ender's Game.
A description of tropes appearing in the stories of Maps in a Mirror:
- Big Brother Is Watching: The Censorship Board in "Prior Restraint" watches various authors and prevents certain books they think will negatively impact the world from being published. Not to mention arranging a car accident to kill a boy who would have grown up to be the greatest writer alive.
- Camping a Crapper: In "Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory" the first of the creatures trying to kill the protagonist decides to hide in a public restroom.
- Dead All Along: The twist of "Quietus" is that the protagonist is actually a ghost who can't move on.
- Deadly Prank: In "Freeway Games" the protagonist decides to amuse himself on the road by making a woman think he's following her, this leads to her car running out of fuel and fatally crashing.
- Dystopia: The setting of "A Thousand Deaths"
- Fetus Terrible: "Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory" features creatures menacing the protagonist that take the form of horribly deformed fetuses that are halfway between this and an Enfant Terrible.
- Not-So-Imaginary Friend: Anansa in "A Sepulchre of Songs"
- Our Ghosts Are Different: "Quietus"
- Our Time Travel Is Different: "A Cross Country Trip to Kill Richard Nixon"
- "Clap Hands and Sing": Instantaneous Time Travel
- "Closing the Timelid": Unseen Time Travel
- "Prior Restraint": Unseen Time Travel
- People Farm:
- "Fat Farm" has the protagonist be taken away to a building where the obese are essentially kept as livestock.
- "Kingsmeat" has an alien "king and queen" being convinced by a human they were about to eat to eat only parts of their human livestock and leave them alive rather than kill and eat them all.
- Time Police: "Closing the Timelid" has Mercy Manwool who apparently works for the Los Angeles division of this trope.