Orson Scott Card was born and raised in a Mormon family and has continually pointed out that Mormonism is the primary force in his life. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, and spent time in Brazil as a Mormon missionary. His earliest writings were radio and stage plays (Card has estimated the number at over 100) telling the history of Mormonism. His first published fiction was the science fiction short story called "Ender's Game" in 1977, which was nominated for a Hugo Award and a Reader's Award from Locus magazine. The Locus Award is based on votes compiled from the magazine's readers and is important in demonstrating just how popular Card is with readers. Since that story, Card has been nominated for or won the award more than 30 times, which is extraordinary considering the relatively short time that he has been writing fiction. In 1985, Card published an expanded version of "Ender's Game" as a novel, and won both the Hugo and Nebula awards. It was followed by a sequel in 1986, SPEAKER FOR THE DEAD, which also won the Hugo and Nebula, marking the first time in the history of the awards that one author won both in successive years. Card's next series of books, the Alvin Maker series, started in 1987 with SEVENTH SON. This series is set in an alternate past of America, and is closely modeled on the reported life of Joseph Smith, the founder of Mormon Church. The Homecoming series--THE MEMORY OF EARTH, THE CALL OF EARTH, THE SHIPS OF EARTH, EARTHBORN, and EARTHFALL--repeats this theme, but in a space opera setting. Card has also written nonfiction--his first book, LISTEN, MOM AND DAD..., was actually about child-rearing. He has also tried his hand at horror, mainstream, and children's fiction, and he is also a respected editor and reviewer.
"[T]he sort of fast-moving, well-plotted capture-and-rescue adventure that Card does instinctively well, and on that level SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON is not only a solid entertainment, but a far more substantial one than ENDER'S SHADOW, despite its occasional moral creepiness."
From the Publisher
This highly anticipated sequel to SHADOW OF THE HEGEMON from master science fiction writer Orson Scott Card picks up after Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. Any peace and unity in the world that resulted from that war has ended. Nations are preparing to regain old territories, and wish to control the loyalties of the children from the Battle School. One man, Ender's older and ruthless brother, Peter Wiggin, believes he holds the key to restoring a world unity. Will he have time to try?
After Ender Wiggin's triumph over the Formics, society has been altered by the destruction of unity between the nations, but Peter Wiggin, Ender's older brother, is determined to restore Earth's unity with the help of young warriors.