Oh, My Pop Culture Speaker for the Dead: Orson Scott Card and Ender’s Universe

If you’re at all familiar with Orson Scott Card, you know that he is a controversial figure. He’s most notably the author of the science fiction classic Ender’s Game and its sequels and prequels, but he’s also a card-carrying bigot who hates LGBTQ+ people. I feel sort of gross just devoting a post to him, so I’ll just make sure we’re clear: Orson Scott Card is a gross queerphobe and giving money to him for his books is basically putting a donation in the hands of anti-LGBTQ+ lobbyists.

endersgame530I don’t think anyone would be giving him money for his books anymore, except for the fact that Ender’s Game is a classic. It’s actually really good, you guys, and the reason that frustrates me so much is that the running themes of the entire series are ‘don’t judge other people by their appearances’ and ‘all sentient races and species are equally deserving of respect’. And between Card’s own religious beliefs—he’s a devout Mormon—and the religions he writes about, he has a lot of interesting things to say about organized belief systems. Most importantly, I think it’s interesting that he actually believes that organized religion will continue to exist in the future, because most science fiction authors tend to either avoid it or write it off as an artifact of less-enlightened times. Continue reading