Or so says Kuro5hin. That article links to Creating the Innocent Killer which has a pretty good analysis of Card’s novels. I’ve read and enjoyed a few of these, but I tend to read pretty innocently — I let the text speak for itself and don’t try to find subtext — so reflecting on the novels with this article in mind is helpful. I was disturbed by the “surprise” ending to Ender’s Game — that a child’s game was responsible for the destruction of an alien race — but I didn’t really think about it till now. Especially disturbing is this:
“I don’t really think it’s true that ‘the road to hell is paved with good intentions.’” Card stated in a 2002 interview. “Good people trying to do good usually find a way to muddle through. What worries me is when you have bad people trying to do good. They’re not good at it, they don’t have any instinct for it, and they’re willing to do a lot of damage along the way.” The import of this statement is that there are some people who are good before they act, and some others who are bad before they act, and that goodness or badness is exhibited in their actions. These “bad” people can’t do good, and “good” people can’t do bad.
(I just read that last sentance to