Orson Scott Card
|Name:||Orson Scott Card|
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|Works:||Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, Shadow of the Hegemon|
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Many fans perceive homoerotic subtext in Card's Ender series with Andrew (Ender) Wiggin, who in canon has a deep fixation on his brother Peter Wiggin, kisses his best friend Alai, shoves Bean up against walls and has him sleep in his room, and then, in a bizarre twist, falls in love with his son-in-law when in the body of a woman.
Card is outspoken in his opposition to gay marriage.
These facts look funnier when you put them next to each other.
Card's Attitude to Fan Fiction
- His site says this:
- "I'm flattered; and then, if they try to publish it (including on the net) except in very restricted circumstances, I will sue, because if I do NOT act vigorously to protect my copyright, I will lose that copyright -- and that is the only inheritance I have to leave my family. So fan fiction, while flattering, is also an attack on my means of livelihood. It is also a poor substitute for the writers' inventing their own characters and situations. It does not help them as writers; it can easily harm me; and those who care about my stories and characters know that what I write is "real" and has authority, and what fans write is not and does not. So it's all pointless. I'd prefer simply to ignore it when it happens, but the way copyright law functions, I am told that I cannot ignore it." 
- In June, 2012, Card is quoted in The Wall Street Journal:
- "After spending years fending off fan fiction, and occasionally sending out "cease and desist" letters through his lawyer to block potential copyright violations, science-fiction novelist Orson Scott Card has started courting fan writers. Mr. Card, author of the best-selling "Ender's Game" series, is planning to host a contest for "Ender's Game" fan fiction this fall. Fans will be able to submit their work to his Web site. The winning stories will be published as an anthology that will become part of the official "canon" of the "Ender's Game" series.
- Orson Scott Card's Fan Fic Policy - Fanworks.org Writer's Resource, links to Interview on Orson Scott Card's site, accessed 2012-6-17
- The Weird World of Fan Fiction by Alexandra Alter, The Wall Street Journal, June 14, 2012 - accessed 2012-6-17