Orson Scott Card lends his pen to Firefall

GamePron: While it’s great to talk about your game’s story like it’s the Next Big Thing, sometimes you need a little grunt to back it up. Well, the June 2011 Dev Diary from Red 5 shows that Firefall comes with some pretty hefty grunt, with writing talent coming from one of the best science fiction authors of our times.

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ViserysTargaryen2664d ago

Orson Scott Card is way overrated. His best book is Ender's Game, period. The other books in the series are meh.

lzim2663d ago

exactly, Bean or Ender game. writing for other's hasn't worked out so far.

I wonder if it has something to do with the novelists not having creative direction on the visuals and game design too.

palaeomerus2663d ago (Edited 2663d ago )

Card was a really important sci-fi/fantasy writer when I was a kid, along with Stephen R. Donaldson, and Usula K. LeGuin.

Personally I read a lot of cheesy stuff at the junk end of the literary pool back then, like Jack Chalker, Alan Dean Foster, Lawrence Watt Evans, Raymond Feist, Anne MacAffrey, Lyndon Hardy, Hugh Cook, and (sadly) Michael Stackpole, Richard Knaack, R.A. Salvatore, Piers Anthony, and Margaret Weiss/Tracy Hickman. Terry Pratchett was also a favorite. And of course there was some Stephen King. I also read a whole hell of a lot of Star trek and Battletech novels.

And we still had ol' Clarke, Bradbury, Heinlein, and Asimov kicking around too.

I'm one of those people who vastly preferred Card's 'Hot Sleep' to his later "more detailed and dignified" rewrite which he called 'The Worthing Saga'.

'Wyrms' was a total freakshow.

'Songmaster' was kind of disappointing.

'A Planet Called Treason' was pretty strange but I still enjoyed it.

I liked 'Ender's game' and tolerate 'Speaker for the Dead' mostly for the ending. All the other Ender stuff leaves me kind of cold.

'Hart's Hope' was just sad.

I loved the 'Alvin Maker' stuff but I might now have read the last two books.

I read his Maps in a Mirror anthology. Liked some of it but not all of it.

I never really read any of the Homecoming stuff. Or the Empire stuff. I guess I got into Glen Cook, Stephen Brust, and Erickson about the time I stopped reading Card novels.

I enjoyed Shadow Complex and rather liked the ideas behind Advent Rising.