The Worthing Saga

The Worthing Saga

by Orson Scott Card
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Overview

The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card

It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever, then for a long, long time. Some people, anyway. The rich, the powerful--they lived their lives at the rate of one year every ten. Some created two societies: that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events. It allowed great plans to be put in motion. It allowed interstellar Empires to be built.

It came near to destroying humanity.

After a long, long time of decadence and stagnation, a few seed ships were sent out to save our species. They carried human embryos and supplies, and teaching robots, and one man. The Worthing Saga is the story of one of these men, Jason WOrthing, and the world he found for the seed he carried.

Orson Scott Card is "a master of the art of storytelling" (Booklist), and The Worthing Saga is a story that only he could have written.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781429967297
Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
Publication date: 12/15/1992
Series: Worthing Chronicle Series
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 488
Sales rank: 319,446
File size: 440 KB

About the Author

Orson Scott Card is the author of the novels Ender's Game, Ender's Shadow, and Speaker for the Dead. Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win these two top prizes in consecutive years. There are seven other novels to date in The Ender Universe series. Card has also written fantasy: The Tales of Alvin Maker is a series of fantasy novels set in frontier America; his most recent novel, The Lost Gate, is a contemporary magical fantasy. Card has written many other stand-alone sf and fantasy novels, as well as movie tie-ins and games, and publishes an internet-based science fiction and fantasy magazine, Orson Scott Card's Intergalactic Medicine Show. Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, Card directs plays and teaches writing and literature at Southern Virginia University. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, and youngest daughter, Zina Margaret.


Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers." Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977 -- the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.
He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son), There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old. Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card, He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.

Hometown:

Greensboro, North Carolina

Date of Birth:

August 24, 1951

Place of Birth:

Richland, Washington

Education:

B.A. in theater, Brigham Young University, 1975; M.A. in English, University of Utah, 1981

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Worthing Saga 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good collection and universe build, but glad I caught it on sale as some parts were pretty painful.
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This is one of my favorite books, and if you're an Orson Scott Card fan it is based upon the first story idea he ever had.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
It's the best book ever written. Orson Scott Card wrote it. Because of that fact is is powerful. You can feel what the characters are feeling and it makes you want to be them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best bedtime story that will keep you reading all night. After the first chapter you will be hooked. Better than drugs. Just read it!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read it completely through in one week and then I just started reading it again without putting it down. Its a book that you definately have to read twice to catch all the information you missed the first time. It is full of turns I never expected and I loved the idea of the reality-dreams. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes science fiction or fantasy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is a set of stories about the same setting. Most of the short stories at the end are not worth reading, but the first book is absolutely awesome. Card once again uses his incredible writing power and vividly philosophical imagination to create a story that not only entertains, but encourages a different perspective on life, much like his more recent Enchangment. I have loaned my copy to about a dozen people and given several as gifts and I have yet to hear from anyone who didn't like the first story. Read this book, even if you do only read the first part.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I remember once I read the Worthing Saga, I beleived that Card had one of the most amazingly designed universes for a story. The second half of the book are all of Card's short stories based in this universe he has written over his career (although, I discovered there are two more in 'Maps in a Mirror'). The first half is more of an overview of these stories. While it is confusing at first, it is nevertheless an excellent creation (and all of you Asimov fans will see some Foundation-inspired concepts.)