I won’t repeat what I’ve already said over there. But I thought I’d take the opportunity to point to a few resources for those interested in Orson Scott Card’s work and Ender’s Game in particular.
1. The idea of Ender as a Christ figure comes up in the T&S discussion. Pre-eminent Card scholar Michael Collings has made his essay available online. It’s also found as a book chapter in his critical study of the works of Orson Scott Card: In the Image of God: Theme, Characterization, and Landscape in the Fiction of Orson Scott Card. Collings claims: “Ender is a particularly LDS Christ-figure, however. The choices he must make are real choices; his sufferings, real sufferings.” Other essays by Collings on Orson Scott Card — including some that deal specifically with Mormon elements in his work — can be found at Starshine and Shadows.
2. One of the most interesting works of Orson Scott Card criticism that takes an explicitly Mormon stance is Eugene England’s Pastwatch: The Redemption of Orson Scott Card with it’s great opening line: “Orson Scott Card is a radical Mormon.” In fact, that essay is a great counter balance to…
3. …the popular perception among non-LDS who see OSC as a one-dimensional, homophobic, conservative ideologue. In order to understand that perception, you need to read the Salon.com interview — My favorite author, my worst interview: I worshipped militaristic Mormon science-fiction writer Orson Scott Card — until we met. Whatever your political beliefs or biases for/against Salon.com, it’s a fascinating case study in how non-LDS often just don’t get us (and don’t seem to try too hard to do so).
Of course, OSC has certainly fanned the flames a bit with his . Although he is (was?) a socially conservative democrat and somewhat of an anti-capitalist, the column doesn’t vary much from the standard Republican party/social conservative line. And his rhetoric gets a little sloppy and heated. Understandable, perhaps, considering that it is a newspaper column. But I wonder if England would be tempted to revise his assessment above — were he still around (and how I wish he was).