366'A planet called Treason' by Orson Scott Card
- Nov 1, 2002Over the years I've read many science fictions books. Orson Scott
Card was brought to my attention by reading 'A Planet called
Treason,' which was published in 1979. I found it at a second hand
bookstore in the early 80's. I was outraged at how it depicted black
folk in a fantasy setting and that he was famous and popular as
Ender's Game was on the bestseller's lists. I didn't hear anyone
complaining about this book. I read today on his official
website,that he reworked the story in 1988 and 10 percent of the book
is brand new and is now called 'Treason.'
Why I bring this up... I just loved Wyrm, Ender's Game, Speaker for
the Dead, Xenophobe. I stay away from his too Mormon topic books
though Lost Boys was interesting in giving a peek into that World.
It wasn't until I aquired 'The Book of Mormon' that I realized how
the religion in obsessed with being Fair, white...etc... And how does
this come out in his books? As the 'Book of Mormon' was reworked in
the early 70's to take out the more racist aspects of it, there is
still plenty left. I have not read 'Treason,' if anyone has read
both, I would be interested in what you think about it.
We change with life experiences...23 years ago he published what I
thought was a very racist fantasy novel. But this brought me to
enjoying his other works though I am suspect to his thoughts on how
different species cannot mix, but they can live together once they
can communicate. Opposite of the Octavia Butler series that containes
Dawn, Adulthood Rites and Imago. Also of there is the theme of
reconcilation and forgiveness, especially in the Ender's series. But
different species...and I wonder if this translates to the different
races for him? I just thought it was interesting and have been
interested in discussing this for some time with fellow science
fiction readers and writers.
I like his writing and think that he is one of the great American
Science Fiction/Fantasy writers. But what of 'A Planet Called
Treason'? It was 23 years ago and I know that I am different from
what I was 23 years ago in some things. But the basic core things
have stayed the same.
And of course, our backgrounds do effect what we write.
This was one of the reviews from Amazon.com
Great book- but it should be noted that...., March 15, 2000
Reviewer: A reader from USA
I loved this book. I've read Treason (Revised) and A Planet Called
Treason (Original). It should be noted that the original copy (A
Planet Called Treason) labeled the "Inkers" as "Niggers". This was
changed in later versions. I would recommend the revised version,
Treason, as it contains the more appropriate name for these
characters. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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