The two previous comments in this thread are ridiculous. The BOOKS written by Card are very well written. It is irrelevant how someone feels about the author as a person. I would recommend the books in the Enders Series to anyone.
It's a bit ridiculous to me. I do not share his views and have no problem with people choosing not to buy his books based on his beliefs. But for people to act like his books are garbage are hilarious. Take a look at the one-star reviews and see how many were written this year, how many were written during the CFA fiasco. Of course there will be some who dislike this book; not everyone will like everything. There was a massive influx of one-star reviews from this year that just make me laugh.
As has been pointed out, if you are interested in his works, libraries and used books exist where you can read them without giving him any money. This book can be bought in 'Good' condition right now for a bit over $5 and Card wouldn't see a dime of it. I haven't read all of the Ender series and some of the later books I have read were kind of lacking, but Ender's Game and Shadow are both good reads. The best out there? No. But a casual sci-fi fan should definitely check Ender's Game out.
I want to say I read Ender's Game back in Junior High? Probably 14 years ago? It disappoints me that OSC is an ignorant bigot, but learning his views within the past couple years won't go back in time and cause me to hate this book.
I think it's funny even till this day that liberals yell and scream that that want tolerance, yet they don't give it back. They think Tolerance is a one way street. Sorry to tell you, tolerance is a universal term that is not associated with a political party. Liberals. Do they ever stop being ridiculous?
As a rule I completely disagree with OSC's political and religious beliefs. However, why does it all need to be so freaking polarizing? It is never all black-n-white. Discussion comes from voicing popular as well as unpopular beliefs/opinions. Over the past century-plus the best SF has been very controversial. Everything from sex to marriage to military to you-name-it has been presented. Look at the original Star Trek series, it was very political and topical for the era. Heck it still is today if you watch those epsiodes. Some very unpopular ideas were broached. For me it is all about starting the discussion...it's about the science.
Sadly we live in an a world where the education system now is positioned as an adversarial relationship between students and teachers...mostly because the parents have never taken the time to educate themselves. It has become route for these people to chant the "you just hate me" mantra rather than step back, analyze and learn to think critically (the true goal of education). If something requires thought and reasoning many, many people dismiss it as either unimportant or evil...living happily in their being absent both abilities.
I too try to never learn the politics of authors. I cannot stand Harlen Ellison for that reason yet he has some wonderful works. But I loved Edward Abbey for not just his writing but also he belief system, a true loss when he died far too soon. OSC, not much I agree with on his personal side, some of it is indeed downright scary to me. Yet I still find his novels, well a majority of them, quite entertaining.
I guess I am just trying to restate what others have written that we do need to try not to let personal feelings about an author affect how we perceive their works. Even if some of the values or what not, as present in the novel are contrary to our own. Maybe it's a way to learn to see something through someone else's eyes in order to form better arguments countering those values. Or you can just rant your way into "getting your own way".
You know, JRR Tolkien was a devout Catholic and had similar beliefs about homosexuality, I wonder how many people have chosen not to read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy because of that...
And don't forget one of the most "out there" of the modern era SF writers...L. Ron Hubbard...Battlefield Earth (the novel not that abortion of a movie based on it...bleeech!!) was an excellent novel as was the Mission Earth series. I've read a number of his other novels and enjoyed every one. Had I not gotten past his religious bent I would never been able to write those words. I recommend his SF stuff to all SF fans.
"Worse than a bigot and a homophobe, he advocates overthrowing the government if gays get the right to marry..." Thanks for the recommendation! Buying it now, and will send a donation in equal amount to the Traditional Values Coalition!
The term "homophobe" would imply that he hates or fears things that are blended together (homogenous) or hate or fears men (Latin "homo"). A little more familiarity with the roots of our language would prevent these kinds of idiotic mistakes from being made in English usage today!