Reveal: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is the opening from Books & Beginnings X. I struggled with whether or not to include it given the recent revelations about the author. I decided I don’t care. Orson Scott Card wrote brilliant books and I don’t give flick about an author’s ideology, skin color, or any of it. Contrariness is part of what creates great art.
Art ought to be uncomfortable. It ought to challenge how we think of the world around us. Art reveals truth in that it shows how people actually think during a given time period in history. It is a much more reliable compass than a book of dates and events, and a well-governed accounting of laws passed and treaties signed.
Ender’s Game is brilliant, both Hugo and Nebula well-deserved. It further flamed my distrust of big government. In Card, he portrays this huge one-world government as a solution where everything in society is controlled, including breeding, turning humans into work animals. This terrifying government directs the creation of a little boy, carefully bred by regulation, to instigate a genocide. It is chilling what is done to Ender, what he becomes without his consent. This is a great story and it will make you think.
Up Next: I spent some of my university education in London. I was treated to a fascinating Irish professor who introduced me to authors I thought I already knew. One that I had already decided I could not stand. This professor changed my mind with a book most find incomprehensible.
Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather on which a mirror and a razor lay crossed.