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The Best Orson Scott Card Books

Updated October 13, 2018 1.3k votes 225 voters 5.6k views

List RulesVote for the Orson Scott Card novels you just couldn't put down. If you haven't read a book, don't downvote it.

List of the best Orson Scott Card books, ranked by voracious readers in the Ranker community. With commercial success and critical acclaim, there's no doubt that Orson Scott Card is one of the most popular authors of the last 100 years. In 2013 his popular book Ender's Game was turned into a successful movie, solidifying Orson's legacy as one of the greatest science fiction writers of all time. If you're a huge fan of his work, then vote on your favorite novels below and make your opinion count. This poll is also a great resource for new fans of Orson Scott Card who want to know which novels they should start reading first. With memorable characters and excellent storytelling, there's no reason why you shouldn't check out his work if you're a big reader.

This is a list that includes books like Speaker for the Dead and Seventh Son. What are Orson Scott Card's best novels? Vote on this list and help us definitively answer that question.
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  • Ender's Game1
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    Ender's Game

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published1985

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Speaker for the Dead2
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    Speaker for the Dead

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published1986

    SubjectsAmerican science fiction, Aliens (Extraterrestrial beings), Adventure

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Ender's Shadow3
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    Ender's Shadow

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published1999

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Shadow of the Hegemon4
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    Shadow of the Hegemon

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published2001

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Xenocide5
    33
    13

    Xenocide

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published1991-08

    SubjectsEpic film

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Ships of Earth6
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    The Ships of Earth

    Orson Scott Card

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Call of Earth7
    22
    5

    The Call of Earth

    Orson Scott Card

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Lost Gate8
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    The Lost Gate

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published2011-01-04

    Genres (Book)Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Shadow Puppets9
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    Shadow Puppets

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published2002

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Shadow of the Giant10
    21
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    Shadow of the Giant

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published2005

    SubjectsAdventure

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus11

    First Published1996

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Alternate history, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Empire12
    18
    5

    Empire

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published2006

    SubjectsAdventure, Military

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Shadows in Flight13
    15
    5

    Shadows in Flight

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published2012-01-17

    Genres (Book)Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Earthfall14
    13
    3

    Earthfall

    Orson Scott Card

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Children of the Mind15
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    Children of the Mind

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published1996-08

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Earth Unaware16
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    Earth Unaware

    Orson Scott Card, Aaron Johnston

    Genres (Book)Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Seventh Son17
    22
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    Seventh Son

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published1987

    SubjectsEpic film, Adventure

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Alternate history, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Memory of Earth18
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    The Memory of Earth

    Orson Scott Card

    SubjectsSpace opera

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Songmaster19
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    Songmaster

    Orson Scott Card

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Rachel and Leah20
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    Rachel and Leah

    Orson Scott Card

    Genres (Book)Fiction, History

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Enchantment21
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    8

    Enchantment

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published1999

    SubjectsRussia, Time travel

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Treasure Box22
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    Treasure Box

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published1996

    SubjectsSupernatural

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Horror Film, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • Ender in Exile24
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    Ender in Exile

    Orson Scott Card

    First Published2008-11-11

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Science Fiction

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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  • The Worthing Saga25
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    The Worthing Saga

    Orson Scott Card

    Genres (Book)Speculative fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy

    Original LanguageEnglish Language

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