Ender’s Game

16 10 2007

I’ve just finished reading Speaker for the Dead, the second novel in a quartet of books written by Orson Scott Card and I can’t recommend the book enough.

One thing keeps bugging me though. Through the two books of his I’ve read there are ongoing messages about truthfulness, honesty and the potential of humanity, but reading his Wikipedia page I cane upon the following paragraph:

He believes homosexuality to be a sin, and has called same-sex marriage a “potentially devastating social experiment.” In his essay “The Hypocrites of Homosexuality” he advocates laws against homosexual sex, “not to put homosexuals in jail,” but to encourage gay men and women to have sex only in secret “so as not to shake the confidence of the community in the polity’s ability to provide rules.” In the same essay, he claims to have a number of homosexuals as “dear friends” and speaks out against the use of “ugly words like faggot.” Homoeroticism is a main theme of his book Songmaster.

I wasn’t sure if this was just Wikipedia vandalism, but I followed links to other sites mentioning this. I guess this just shows that he’s a human guy with the same seemingly bizarre ideas we all entertain, but I just found it hard to reconcile the statements that he makes with the picture I’d built up of the author.

UPDATE: Forgot to mention that I’m not sure about the next in the series, thanks in part to this XKCD comic. Curse you again Randall Munroe!

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