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