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By Kent Larsen

LDS Writer Orson Scott Card Says This Tour His Last

PASADENA, CALIFORNIA -- Feeling the effects of age and family responsibilities, LDS writer Orson Scott Card announced that his current book tour will be his last. While Card will still visit bookstores occasionally for book signings, he says this will be the last time that he takes a trip to do a string of book signings. Card also announced that he is planning a science fiction convention around his Ender's Game novels, starting in the summer of 2002.

In his announcement, Card cited his age (nearly fifty), the effect the tours have on his family, and the effect the tours have on his writing as factors that led to his decision. "I enjoy the actual signings, the chance to meet those who read my books and hear what they care about and look for in the work I do," says Card. "It's the surrounding problems, like jet lag, lost sleep, lack of real exercise, and being away from home, that are taking too high a toll."

Card also said that he is in a position where he doesn't have to sacrifice being at home when his six-year-old comes home from school, and the tour keeps him from that for a period of more than two weeks. In addition, he finds that he can't write anything substantial for weeks before a tour and about a week afterwards. "Presumably, if given a choice, everyone would rather have more books than more autographing sessions," read a written press release sent out by Card.

But Card also pleased fans with the announcement that he plans to start a series of conventions centered around his "Ender's Game" books. EnderCon I is tentatively scheduled for the summer of 2002, the 25th anniversary of the publication of the novelet version of "Ender's Game" in the science fiction magazine Analog.


OSC Announces Last Signing Tour
OSC Press Release 6Jan01 A2

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