Our fifth session in year two of the series focuses on Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game series, beginning with Ender’s Game in 1985 and continuing to the fourth novel, Children of the Mind in 1996. We will be discussing the narrative world he created in that series, and selected main philosophical themes featured in those works.
The talk took place Thursday, May 11 at the Brookfield Public Library. Here is the videorecording of the talk:
The philosophical themes I focused upon during the talk were:
- Reasons of state, utilitarianism, and individuals
- Different sides of a single person
- Speaking for the dead and the value of truth
- Understanding and conflict between species
- Theologies of control and theologies of wonder
The Ender’s Game Series
For those who would like to purchase or otherwise acquire the books, here are some Amazon links to them.
Links and Resources of Interest
The discussion will be drawn primarily from the novels, but there are a number of online resources that may be of interest for those reading Card’s works. Here are some that I think particularly worth taking a look at – and after the session, there may be more to post, since participants often bring up those they found worthwhile as well.
Interviews with Card
- Interview with Orson Scott Card – with Jay Gesin in IndieBound
- A Conversation With Orson Scott Card – with Claire E. White in The Internet Writing Journal (1999)
- My Favorite Author, My Worst Interview – with Donna Minkowitz in Salon (2000)
- On Religion in SF and Fantasy: An Interview with Orson Scott Card – with Moira Allen in Writing World (2000)
- Orson Scott Card on Ender’s Game – Interview with Shane Snow in Wired (2013)
- Critics, community and ‘Ender’s Game’: An interview with Orson Scott Card – with Deseret News (2013)
Sites and Entries on Card
Hatrack River – Orson Scott Card’s official website, with a biography, a research area for teachers and students, his upcoming classes, events and workshops, and more.
Ender’s Game Wiki – Exactly what it says, i.e. a wiki covering all things Ender-series-related
Creative Education — How To Keep The Spark Alive In Children And Adults – a TEDx talk by Orson Scott Card