Hamlet’s FatherOrson Scott Card
We all know Shakespeare's classic ghost story — the young prince Hamlet's dead father appears to him, demanding vengeance upon Hamlet’s uncle Claudius, who has usurped the throne and, to add insult to injury, married Hamlet’s mother.
Hamlet dithers and delays, coming up with reason after reason to postpone his vengeance. But it’s not for the reason Shakespeare told us. It’s because Hamlet keeps discovering evidence that things are not quite what they seem in the Kingdom of Denmark — and never have been, throughout Hamlet's entire life.
Once you’ve read Orson Scott Card’s revelatory version of the Hamlet story, Shakespeare’s play will be much more fun to watch — because now you’ll know what’s really going on.
Orson Scott Card (born 1951) is an American author, critic, public speaker, essayist, columnist, and political activist. He writes in several genres, but is primarily known for his science fiction. His novel Ender's Game (1985) and its sequel Speaker for the Dead (1986) both won Hugo and Nebula Awards, making Card the only author to win both science fiction's top U.S. prizes in consecutive years. He is also known as an advocate for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, of which he has been a lifelong practicing member, and as a political commentator on many issues, including opposition to homosexual behavior and the legalization of same-sex marriage.