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trpollen
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I've seen several posts complaining about the little things that weren't just right between the books in the Ender and Shadow series. Here's what I have to say about THAT.

In OSC's introduction to Ender's Game, he said he read the Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy. Therefore, after finishing up with Ender and Bean series, I moved on the Asimov's Foundation books--and the other ten books he wrote in the same universe.

Here is a quote from the FAQ page (http://www.asimovonline.com/asimov_FAQ.html) on Asimov's official website. "The whole Foundation series is rife with contradictions...Asimov simply didn't enjoy sweating over details in his fiction."

If the Grand Master had some discrepancies in his writing, why can't Orson? By the way, Mr. Card, I've noticed lots of similarities between Asimov's writing and your own. Do you consciously use any of his ideas?

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Do you mean writing styles?
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Numerical differences (i.e. saying there were dozens of something and then saying there were only ten later on).
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I'd love to think that I ever achieve the clarity and fluidity of Asimov's style; of course, in a perfect contradiction, I'd also love to think that my style is ever as lyrical as Bradbury's. But I don't ever consciously imitate anybody's style. Usually I search for the voice of the character, or adopt a voice that seems right for the narrator.

And I don't try to imitate anybody, though I will do tip of the hat things from time to time, like having Alvin dream the plot of Lord of the Rings in Journeyman.

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it can sometimes be geeky fun to notice inconsistencies and maybe think up reasons that explain them and stuff.
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