Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card

Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card

by Orson Scott Card

For the many who are newly come to Card, here is chance to experience the wonder of a writer so versatile that he can handle everything from traditional narrative poetry to modern experimental fiction with equal ease and grace.

In them the author reveals some of his reasons and motivations for writing, with a good deal of autobiography into the bargain.Contents: Introduction (Book 1: The Hanged Man, Tales of Dread) essay by Orson Scott Card Eumenides in the Fourth Floor Lavatory (1979) / novelette by Orson Scott Card Quietus (1979) / short story by Orson Scott Card Deep Breathing Exercises (1979) / short story by Orson Scott Card Fat Farm (1980) / short story by Orson Scott Card Closing the Timelid (1979) / short story by Orson Scott Card Freeway Games (1979) / short story by Orson Scott Card A Sepulchre of Songs (1981) / novelette by Orson Scott Card Prior Restraint (1986) / short story by Orson Scott Card The Changed Man and the King of Words (1982) / novelette by Orson Scott Card Memories of My Head (1990) / short story by Orson Scott Card Lost Boys (1989) / short story by Orson Scott Card Afterword (Book 1: The Hanged Man, Tales of Dread) essay by Orson Scott Card Introduction (Book 2: Flux, Tales of Human Futures) essay by Orson Scott Card A Thousand Deaths Tales of Capitol (1978) / novelette by Orson Scott Card Clap Hands and Sing (1982) / short story by Orson Scott Card Dogwalker (1989) / novelette by Orson Scott Card But We Try Not to Act Like It (1979) / short story by Orson Scott Card I Put My Blue Genes On (1978) / short story by Orson Scott Card In the Doghouse (1978) / short story by Orson Scott Card and Jay A.

Parry The Originist Foundation (1989) / novella by Orson Scott Card Afterword (Book 2: Flux, Tales of Human Futures) essay by Orson Scott Card Introduction (Book 3: Maps in a Mirror, Fables and Fantasies) essay by Orson Scott Card Unaccompanied Sonata (1979) / short story by Orson Scott Card A Cross-Country Trip to Kill Richard Nixon (1980) / novelette by Orson Scott Card The Porcelain Salamander (1981) short story by Orson Scott Card Middle Woman (1981) / short story by Orson Scott Card The Bully and the Beast (1979) / novella by Orson Scott Card The Princess and the Bear (1980) / novelette by Orson Scott Card Sandmagic Mither Mages (1979) / novelette by Orson Scott Card The Best Day (1984) / short story by Orson Scott Card A Plague of Butterflies (1981) / short story by Orson Scott Card The Monkeys Thought 'Twas All in Fun (1979) / novelette by Orson Scott Card Afterword (Book 3: Maps in a Mirror, Fables and Fantasies) essay by Orson Scott Card Introduction (Book 4: Cruel Miracles, Tales of Death, Hope, and Holiness) essay by Orson Scott Card Mortal Gods (1979) / short story by Orson Scott Card Saving Grace (1987) / short story by Orson Scott Card Eye for Eye (1987) / novella by Orson Scott Card St. Amy's Tale (1980) / novelette by Orson Scott Card Kingsmeat (1978) / short story by Orson Scott Card Holy (1980) / novelette by Orson Scott Card Afterword (Book 4: Cruel Miracles, Tales of Death, Hope, and Holiness) essay by Orson Scott Card Introduction (Book 5: Lost Songs, The Hidden Stories) essay by Orson Scott Card Ender's Game Ender Wiggin (1977) / novelette by Orson Scott Card Mikal's Songbird (1978) / novelette by Orson Scott Card Prentice Alvin and the No-Good Plow The Alvin Maker Saga (1989) poem by Orson Scott Card Malpractice (1977) / short story by Orson Scott Card Follower (1978) / short story by Orson Scott Card Hitching (1978) / short story by Orson Scott Card Damn Fine Novel (1989) / short story by Orson Scott Card Billy's Box (1978) / short story by Orson Scott Card The Best Family Home Evening Ever (1978) / short story by Orson Scott Card Bicicleta (1977) / short story by Orson Scott Card I Think Mom and Dad Are Going Crazy, Jerry (1979) / short story by Orson Scott Card Gert Fram (1977) / short story by Orson Scott Card Afterword (Book 5: Lost Songs, The Hidden Stories) essay by Orson Scott Card

  • Language: English
  • Category: Science Fiction
  • Rating: 4.00
  • Pages: 675
  • Publish Date: January 1st 2004 by Orb Books
  • Isbn10: 0765308401
  • Isbn13: 9780765308405

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This collection is divided into five distinct chapters: Dread, Human Futures, Fables and Fantasies, Death, Hope and Holiness, and Hidden Stories.

And it's not like iTunes where you can pick and choose what to buy, or where you can realistically read only the good stories and skip the stories you know you won't enjoy (for who knows your tastes as well as you do?). I also enjoyed the brief "Damn Fine Novel" just because I think so much of what's considered "good" literature now (and which literature classes have long forced students to read) is really quite awful. I can't and won't claim to be well-read concerning short story anthologies, but I've never seen anything like this before.

Awarding a star rating to a massive short story collection (40+ hours of unabridged audio) is a difficult task. Excellent fairy tale with wonderful allegory The Princess and the Bear - Card's fantasy stories are the best among his works in short form Saving Grace - the irony of miracles Eye for Eye- the most suspenseful and adventurous of them all. This collection is divided into 5 sections: horror, sci-fi, fantasy, faith and death, and bonus (which include short stories that were later expanded into novels). The biggest strength of this short story collection are Card's introductions and afterwords to each section.

It's a very cool thing to have all of Orson Scott Card's short stories compiled in one place. I'm not sure what it would be like to read this from cover to cover without having read his short stories before.

The best all-around short story collection I've ever read. Card's stories have so much meat and human emotion in them, they're a joy to read over and over.

At least in his better work, he isn't there to talk about aliens or spaceships so much as philosophy, human identity, the search for God - in sum, all the things "serious fiction" is about, just using the conventions of science fiction as tools.

I added several books and authors mentioned in the commentaries to my reading list. Included in this collection are a few stories that Card refers to as Mormon Fiction.

I think that the short story form sometimes helps to pare the idea down to it's meat, and it does so here.

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead, which are widely read by adults and younger readers, and are increasingly used in schools. For an ordered list of the author's works, see Wikipedia's List of works by Orson Scott Card.