I find it remarkable that Orson Scott Card is not described as “a Mormon”, “an award-winning writer” or even “a best-selling author”, but merely as “an anti-gay writer“:
DC Comics under fire for hiring anti-gay writer to pen Superman
Ender’s Game author Orson Scott Card has called gay marriage ‘the end of democracy’ – and some comics fans want him fired.
Superman fans are up in arms at the decision of the publisher to appoint a noted anti-gay writer to pen the Man of Steel’s latest adventures. Comic giant DC has commissioned Orson Scott Card, author of the award-winning and best-selling Ender’s Game sci-fi series, to write for DC’s Adventures of Superman series.
The fascinating thing about this is that Card isn’t just any “best-selling” author. Publisher’s Weekly has him as the #1 best-selling author in science fiction, with Ender’s Game outselling all other science fiction novels in 2012, and twice as many as the #2 novel, despite the fact that it was first published 18 years ago in 1994.
- Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Tor. 100,387
- Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. Broadway. 50,593
- Star Wars: Darth Plagueis by James Luceno. Lucas Books. 31,543
- The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. Del Rey. 27,220
- Star Wars: Apocalypse by Troy Denning. Lucas Books. 26,140
Apparently we are to believe that opposing gay marriage is a more notable and newsworthy accomplishment than being the most notable author in your genre for nearly two decades. This is what happens when you give the Rabbit People their head. They don’t care about anything, literally anything, except making sure that everyone abides by the dictates of the warren.
Of course, Tor Books should be condemned in the strongest terms for harboring such a noted homophobe and bigot. What can we conclude of the hateful bigotry of the Manager of Science Fiction at Tor, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, given that he continues to publish such a evil anti-gay writer? Clearly Tor Books must do the right thing and immediately stop publishing Card’s work and return all its publishing rights to the author lest it be tainted by its support of homophobia.