Famous sci-fi author Orson Scott Card's outspoken and venal rhetoric proves that the game might be over, for him at least.
Card is a board member of the right-leaning National Organization for Marriage (NOM) and in 2009 wrote an article for the Mormon Times in which he said that “Marriage has only one definition, and any government that attempts to change it is my mortal enemy. I will act to destroy that government and bring it down."
Card also recently raised the ire of comic-book fans when DC Comics announced that he would be penning an upcoming Superman story. Equality organization All Out has even started a petition asking DC Comics to drop Card from the project.
A spokesperson for the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) told The Hollywood Reporter that "Anti-gay activists like Card can't expect to spread the same hateful and dangerous rhetoric they once did without it negatively impacting how the public views them. As a board member of NOM, one of the most visible anti-gay organizations, Card is not merely a holder of anti-gay views but someone who has used his own fame and resources to actively make life more difficult for hardworking LGBT people and our families. He might still want the buying public to financially support his creative endeavors, but the public is responding with an affirmative ‘no.’ ”
All of this spells touble for the upcoming film version of Ender's Game, arguably Card's most famous work. The film (due out November 1) will detail a futuristic society in which a gifted young man is sent to a sophisticated military academy in order to prepare for a future alien invasion.
But will moviegoers be able to set aside Card's views and appreciate his work on its own merits? Unfortunately, only the reviews and box-office revenue will tell.