The Worthing Saga is the best kind of Orson Scott Card fiction, the kind he rewrote from his first days until he got it really right. The germ of the Worthing Saga was Card's first sci-fi-fantasy story, Tinker, but as it evolved into his short story collection "Capitol", building on the ideas of Asimov's Foundation series, the stories gained three key ideas. First, the drug Somec allows individuals to sleep un-aging through vast time periods making possible great achievements like interstellar spaceflight, planet-wide city building, and dissolution of the social fabric of vast empires. Thus Card explains the social-imperial breakdown which Asimov attributed to general stagnation. Beyond the Empire, Somec becomes a plot device for the main character who developed out of his second theme, telepathic (and later telekinetic) powers. Jason Worthing is born a telepathic 'swipe' long after his dead father convinced the Empire that swipes should not exist. Abner Doon, however, the Hari Seldon master manipulator of Card's world, wants to create a fresh society with telepathy in the mix, so he sends Jason to found a remote colony. The rest of the Worthing Saga tells how Jason and his gift influence that world. Eventually, in a very spider-man-esque twist, Worthings descendants use their gift to take greater power and responsibility than even he could have dreamed, but do they wield it with true compassion? In this theme Card's Mormon ideas emerge to create a tender and interesting, but flawed view of Incarnation, how God ought to dwell with man. An excellent work rivaling Card's masterpieces Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead and securing his place among the great sci-fi authors of the past century.
Excellent example of Orson Scott Card's story telling abilities. This one deals with the blessings...and curses...of immortality.
A brilliant science fiction novel by the grand master, Orson Scott Card. Almost all of his books are superb - this is no exception. Visionary plot, highly developed characters.
Vintage Card, will be enjoyed by fans of the Ender books
This is a book about Jason Worthing, the world he came from, and his descendants, told in three parts (a compilation of previously published work by Card and a few previously unpublished stories). The first part, The Worthing Chronicle, is a novel by itself - and I found it interesting but a little hard to trudge through (it took me a week to read 280 pages). I really enjoyed the second part, Tales From the Capitol, which explores the backgrounds of some characters met in The Worthing Chronicle and delves further into the world Worthing escaped. The final part, Tales From the Forest of Waters, consists of three alternate versions of stories told in The Worthing Chronicle, and by this point I couldn't wait for the book to be over. I didn't really enjoy the first two and while the third redeemed the section, it still wasn't as compelling as the Capitol stories.
Not my favorite of his, but solid
Husband loves this author & this type of book, action sci-fi