The Memory of Earth - Orson Scott Card

The Memory of Earth

By Orson Scott Card

  • Release Date: 1993-01-15
  • Genre: Science Fiction
4 Score: 4 (From 47 Ratings)


High above the planet Harmony, the Oversoul watches. Its task, programmed so many millennia ago, is to guard the human settlement on this planet--to protect this fragile remnant of Earth from all threats. To protect them, most of all, from themselves.

The Oversoul has done its job well. There is no war on Harmony. There are no weapons of mass destruction. There is no technology that could lead to weapons of war. By control of the data banks, and subtle interference in the very thoughts of the people, the artificial intelligence has fulfilled its mission.

But now there is a problem. In orbit, the Oversoul realizes that it has lost access to some of its memory banks, and some of its power systems are failing. And on the planet, men are beginning to think about power, wealth, and conquest.

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  • Not OSC's best, but good!

    By Levikitchen
    This book is a very good starting point for this series. It provides a basis from which to build what i will assume at this point to be the incredible journey to come throughout this series. I did find myself wondering a couple of times when he was going to stop introducing new characters and zone in on the momentum of the plot. I think a great story accomplishes both simultaneously, but this story seemed to drag a bit at the beginning while the reader waits for the protagonist to...just do anything...other than think about who's who and look at his surroundings. Once the meat and potatoes of the story are served, the main course of action is quite satisfying and unexpected. Overall a good read, good starting point for this series, but not among my favorite Orson Scott Card work.
  • Great Read

    By Justin Meek
    This series remains one of the best science fiction/ fantasy series I've ever read. It is a shame it is so overlooked. When I say it is sci-fi / fantasy I mean that literally. The series really does fit both genres. I hate that those categories or often combined erroneously, but in this case it is accurate. If you have not read them they are worth the purchase.