Skip to main content
Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group

Empire

Set in the chillingly near future, a new American Civil War threatens to tear the country apart in this bestselling series by science fiction master Orson Scott Card. The political war between the Right and Left takes a violent turn when both sides turn to guns. With high-tech weapons on one side, militia foot-soldiers on the other, death and destruction reign over the cities and the countryside. Who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you take? Find out in Empire and its sequel, Hidden Empire, from the author of the beloved Ender’s Game series.

  • Hidden Empire
    g
    • Hidden Empire

    • Empire (Volume 2)
      Orson Scott Card
      Tor/Forge

    • Bestselling writer Orson Scott Card returns to the near-future world created for Empire where the international power of the United States has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home have been stressed to the breaking point.

      • Available in:

      • Physical Book
      • Audio Book
      • eBook
  • Empire
    g
    • Empire

    • Empire (Volume 1)
      Orson Scott Card
      Tor/Forge

    • Enter a brave new world and a high-stakes conflict in Orson Scott Card's Empire

      • Available in:

      • Physical Book
      • Audio Book
      • eBook
  • Empire: The Series
    g
    • Empire: The Series

    • Empire
      Orson Scott Card
      Tor/Forge

    • When the American dream shatters into violence, who can hold the people and the government together? And which side will you be on?

      The American Empire has grown too fast,...

      • Available in:

Watch

<a href="http://us.macmillan.com/series/empire#media">Orson Scott Card discusses his book, Empire</a>

Orson Scott Card discusses his book, Empire

The American Empire has grown too fast, and the fault lines at home are stressed to the breaking point. The war of words between Right and Left has collapsed into a shooting war, though most people just want to be left alone.

Orson Scott Card

Orson Scott Card is best known for his science fiction novel Ender's Game and its many sequels that expand the Ender Universe into the far future and the near past. Those books are organized into the Ender Quintet, the five books that chronicle the life of Ender Wiggin; the Shadow Series, that follows on the novel Ender's Shadow and are set on Earth; and the Formic Wars series, written with co-author Aaron Johnston, that tells of the terrible first contact between humans and the alien "Buggers." Card has been a working writer since the 1970s. Beginning with dozens of plays and musical comedies produced in the 1960s and 70s, Card's first published fiction appeared in 1977--the short story "Gert Fram" in the July issue of The Ensign, and the novelette version of "Ender's Game" in the August issue of Analog. The novel-length version of Ender's Game, published in 1984 and continuously in print since then, became the basis of the 2013 film, starring Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford, Ben Kingsley, Hailee Steinfeld, Viola Davis, and Abigail Breslin. Card was born in Washington state, and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah. He served a mission for the LDS Church in Brazil in the early 1970s. Besides his writing, he runs occasional writers' workshops and directs plays. He frequently teaches writing and literature courses at Southern Virginia University.

He is the author many sf and fantasy novels, including the American frontier fantasy series "The Tales of Alvin Maker" (beginning with Seventh Son). There are also stand-alone science fiction and fantasy novels like Pastwatch and Hart's Hope. He has collaborated with his daughter Emily Card on a manga series, Laddertop. He has also written contemporary thrillers like Empire and historical novels like the monumental Saints and the religious novels Sarah and Rachel and Leah. Card's recent work includes the Mithermages books (Lost Gate, Gate Thief), contemporary magical fantasy for readers both young and old. Card lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Kristine Allen Card. He and Kristine are the parents of five children and several grandchildren.

Terry Manier