CapitolOrson Scott Card
science fiction, short stories
A collection of short stories.
- A Sleep and a Forgetting
- A Thousand Deaths
- Skipping Stones
- Second Chance
- Breaking the Game
- And What Will We Do Tomorrow?
- Killing Children
- When No One Remembers His Name, Does God Retire?
- The Stars That Blink
Capitol is a world whose only hope is sleep, whose only sleep is death, and whose dreams are fulfilled dangerously often. From the invention of the immortality drug somec which is only available to the privileged few, to a farflung empire on the edge of the galaxy, Capitol traces the fulfillment of mankind's loftiest dreams – and most dismal nightmares. It is not a utopia; but some people manage to find a kind of happiness, a kind of peace, and even, sometimes, a kind of nobility.
You will meet...The telepathic ship captain who inadvertently destroys three planets. The dying prophet who keeps his god alive in the heart of a young boy. The wargaming genius whose greatest creation is undone by the only man who could ever match him. The woman who slowly kills her son – until he murders her, but she comes to visit him in the hospital anyway. Their enemies are powerful. Their lives are cruel. But you won't forget the people of Capitol.
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.