The Worthing Saga

Gathering every story about Jason Worthing, this volume includes The Worthing Chronicle, as well as all of the other stories set on Capitol and later on Jason s colonized planet.It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever, then for a long, long time Some people, anyway The rich, the powerful they lived their lives at the rate of oneGathering every story about Jason Worthing, this volume includes The Worthing Chronicle, as well as all of the other stories set on Capitol and later on Jason s colonized planet.It was a miracle of science that permitted human beings to live, if not forever, then for a long, long time Some people, anyway The rich, the powerful they lived their lives at the rate of one year every ten Somec created two societies that of people who lived out their normal span and died, and those who slept away the decades, skipping over the intervening years and events It allowed great plans to be put in motion It allowed interstellar Empires to be built.It came near to destroying humanity.After a long, long time of decadence and stagnation, a few seed ships were sent out to save our species They carried human embryos and supplies, and teaching robots, and one man The Worthing Saga is the story of one of these men, Jason Worthing, and the world he found for the seed he carried.Orson Scott Card is a master of the art of storytelling Booklist , and The Worthing Saga is a story that only he could have written.
The Worthing Saga Gathering every story about Jason Worthing this volume includes The Worthing Chronicle as well as all of the other stories set on Capitol and later on Jason s colonized planet It was a miracle of sc

  • Title: The Worthing Saga
  • Author: Orson Scott Card
  • ISBN: 9780812533316
  • Page: 222
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
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    1. Welcome. This is Sprockets und I am your host, Dieter. Tonight our guest is North American writer und author, Orson Scott Card. Orson, tonight we discuss The Worthing Saga.Card: Thank you, Dieter, it’s nice to be here, thank you for inviting me.Dieter: The book is delicious. There is sleeping, thousands und thousands of years of sleeping und dreaming.Card: Yes well a prominent element of the book was the fictional drug somek, whereby a person could go to sleep and effectively completely hibern [...]

    2. I am filled with reader's rage. No preamble for this review:Problem 1: Just because Somec, a drug/technology where people could sleep for years without aging, exists, doesn't mean everyone would agree to take it -- which is exactly what happens on Capitol. Everyone in society is okay with skipping through years and decades of life and watching their peers and families grow old while they age unnaturally simply because either a) it is good for society or b) it is an honor to be given Somec. And t [...]

    3. I just finished re-reading this book, and I enjoyed it much more this time around. I began thinking about this book because of the opening chapter, "The Day of Pain". People often say "How can a loving God allow good people to suffer?" Or the more cynical version when people say, "I do not believe God exists, because if he did, there would not be so much suffering in this world."Card does an excellent job of describing what a world might look like if people were not allowed to suffer. No pain, n [...]

    4. I read this several times as a teenager, at which time I was neck deep in a massive Card phase. It's a collection of several of Card's earliest stories, all set in a future world where the planet is one giant city, people take a drug that allows them to "hibernate" for years without aging, and which has basically no culture, art, or any other redeemable quality.At the center of it are two men, Jason Worthing, who is the last descendant of a race of people who can read minds, and Abner Doon, who [...]

    5. I love so many things about this book, its hard to know where to start. The basic premise is a bit complicated, however while reading it, everything makes perfect sense. Instead of trying to type up a plot summary, I'll discuss some of the wonderful themes and devices used in the book. Since The Worthing Saga is a compilation of a few different stories tied together, it actually describes two different dystopias and their eventual collapses. I find that many people tend to overlook the dystopic [...]

    6. The first book basically he has ever written, which provided the foundation for all the other books he has ever wrote since.

    7. This book has so many intricacies in it, so many complexities. I read this book wondering what one thing had to do with another and when I got to the end, it all tied up, it all made complete sense and fit so well together and left me with a very satisfied and amazed feeling. There were so many issues in this book and it left my mind swirling in thoughts.I loved the distinct, different societies in this book. From the society that looks like it came straight from "Little House on the Prairie" to [...]

    8. Mormons in space. I think. I really know nothing about the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. A friend of mine recommended the book, and I read it, but I was seriously underwhelmed.

    9. The Worthing Saga reaches further back than you might imagine, the blurb on the back suggests the scope of time, but does nothing to describe the moral scope of the novel. Reading reviews, after reading the book, I have to agree, that for long stretches you forget this is a sci-fi story, and focus on the oh-so-human element Card brings forward. I've only begun reading Card this past year, and the strength of his stories amazes me. This story in particular, rings with truth. The story is rife wit [...]

    10. I have to say I am really enjoying Orson Scott Card. A big fan of the Ender series, particularly the first book Ender's Game (masterpiece), I never read much more of his stuff. Recently been reading the Alvin Maker series and stumbled on this book. Just a wonderful writer.That said, this book does not get 5 stars. This is one of Card's early novels. It started as a handful of short stories set in the world of Capitol. The stories had the same backdrop and explored similar issues, but they weren' [...]

    11. This book needs it’s own blog post, or two. As a writer – just reading this book you learn so much abut the writing process and how to see other characters through one character’s eyes. You can also learn how to weave, I think it was 20,000 years of history into a story, and literally thousands of characters as well, and the story still makes perfect sense. Not only that, he also picked a current time, and wove the telling of the ancient story within the current storyline in an excellent m [...]

    12. Card goes back to some of his first science fiction writing and melds the early tales into a compelling saga. Jason Worthing, blue-eyed mind reader, is sent from Capitol on a colony ship. His ship is attacked and his colonists memories are erased. He has to raise them as children in adult bodies. He creates a 'utopian' society. This book collects stories of Jason's childhood and Jason's children both before they leave Capitol and after, as well as a time far, far into the future when Jason retur [...]

    13. I expected a lot from the author of "Enders game", and I was not disappointed. The theme of a savior figure that the people don't understand or appreciate is woven throughout this story just like in Enders game. It made me think about how we believe in and treat God. There are so many different layers to this book, from the simple medieval world where Lared lives to the cold world of the Capitol, where billions of people live in massive metal structures that are all connected. Card in his master [...]

    14. First sentence: In many places in the Peopled Worlds, the pain came suddenly in the midst of the day's labor. It was as if an ancient and comfortable presence left them, one that they had never noticed until it was gone, and no one knew what to make of it at first, though all knew at once that something had changed deep at the heart of the world.Premise/plot: Imagine living in a world where there is no pain, no suffering, no grief, no fear, no anger, no violence, no injury. Wrong actions, in a s [...]

    15. This book is a manifesto on the human condition. It is told with gallons of truth, and a direct bluntness that is refreshing to the victimized psyche we have trended toward in Western culture for decades.The story hints at puncturing human dissatisfaction with God and suffering for the almost the entire book, and slams everything home in one fell swoop at the end which should mind-blow every reader out of their staus-quo-like endless loop of wondering, "Why do bad things happen?"Pain makes you h [...]

    16. Note: My audiobook review is at the end of this review.Orson Scott Card never ceases to amaze me in the questions he tackles in his writing. In The Worthing Chronicle, Jason Worthing comes to a small village where Lared resides and asks him to write his story. As Lared writes we learn of two worlds - Capitol and Worthing. It is through Jason's story that Card explores the reasons why a god would leave their children unprotected when they have the power to provide lives full of happiness and devo [...]

    17. Possibly one of the greatest books I have ever read. A collection of linked short stories, set in two different time zones and places, yet with a thread that connects them both.What makes this book so special to me is that it attempts to answer the riddle of Joy and Pain, by exploring what life might be without pain, and whether it would even be worth living.The feeling that without pain we have something precious taken away from us, a certain loss of our own claim to humanity, but really only b [...]

    18. My favorite OSC book. OSC really shows his Mormon roots in this tale without hitting the reader in the face with morality. He uses the setting of the book to explore the relationship of Justice and Mercy. In the Abrahamic religions, the idea of sin and reconciliation are applied as the balance between Justice and Mercy in Mormonism. If a judge forgives a criminal mercy is served but not justice, etc. These themes are brilliantly woven into the book in the simple life of an innkeepers son in an a [...]

    19. I jumped into this blind. I haven't read much Orson Scott Card and this showed up in my library's limited audiobook selection. I wish I had better understood that the Saga is a collection of three separate books with three separate perspectives. Without understanding that, the first transition three me for a loop. I'm left pondering what makes a successful civilization, what we can do to protect our communities from corruption, and how far privilege can spiral into out of control power.

    20. Pretty much my dream book. This book details what would happen if you crash landed on a different planet and had to remake civilization. A very very interesting read. The main character goes into cryo so he is able to witness the world evolve over thousands of years. This book gripped and captivated me, a pure 5 star rating.

    21. OCS is a wonderful writer. His stories are about people so they continue to hold up over time. This story is a great example of that. This story reminds me of why it's not good for people to have everything they want all the time. Loved it.

    22. A book about near immortality and its consequences. Ideas somewhat reminiscent of Asimov's Naked Sun, but explored in a way that only Card could pull off. Excellent!

    23. I know this will surprise you, but I thought The Worthing Saga was even better than Ender's Game (and I loved Ender's Game)! I don't have time for a real review, but here are my quickest, most concise thoughts on this collection of stories:1. What does it mean to be a God? To me, this was the central theme of the main story in the book.2. Though there are certainly sci-fi elements to the book, it did not feel very sci-fi to me (I loved it anyway).3. How I understand and interpret mythology, pain [...]

    24. The Worthing Saga is a loose and non-linear collection of a series of novellas and short stories centering around the rise and fall of a rich planet named Capitol, and the flight from it of Jason Worthing, who can read minds. Worthing founds a colony, where he plays botanist and heightens mental powers in the population. The stories span millennia, with generations rising and falling. Orson Scott Card is difficult. While "Ender's Game" was a revelation to me as a teenager, I find myself seeing t [...]

    25. La Saga de Worthing incluye, además de "La Crónica de Worthing", los "Cuentos de Capitol" y "Cuentos del Bosque de Aguas".Los "Cuentos de Capitol" me resultaron, en general, más interesantes, al girar en torno al somec y a la distorsión de la droga en el día a día de los habitantes de Capitol. En los "Cuentos del Bosque de las Aguas" se habla de la Granja de Worthing y de algunos personajes que vimos pasar en la Crónica pero no en mi opinión no aportan demasiado.Curiosamente, los más co [...]

    26. As Card himself describes this, it's the culmination of decades of work on the story of Jason Worthing, one of Card's earliest creations. Yet I found this collection of works rather choppy, betraying just what it is -- a pulling together of pieces created at different times, and with very different ideas about what the author was trying to say. I do find the some of the concepts intriguing, especially the idea of living longer by "sleeping" away huge parts of one's life (I still have trouble see [...]

    27. Three part book. Compilation of early writings along the same theme. First and third are good, second should be skipped - not uplifting.The first book is well written and thought provoking. Revolves around the principle of agency and the consequences of a developement wherein compassion propelled a species to protect another from pain, hunger, fear, hurt or tribulation. When the creator of the species discovers what they had done he quickly demonstrates the folly of their thinking by proposing t [...]

    28. I don't know, the central idea of the stories in this book is that there is this drug (somec) that you can take and then you can sleep for years and years without aging and get woken up and continue life. And pretty much everyone (with some very rare exceptions) thinks this is totally worth doing. And the most powerful people get to sleep way more than everyone else so that they can live "longer".Like, I could see sleeping long enough to let compounding interest make me super rich, but I don't s [...]

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