â€œSometimes you know when youâ€™re onto something big. It was the same year that â€˜Enderâ€™s Gameâ€™ appeared in Analog â€“ my first sci-fi publication. I was working with Ben Bova, and the stories I was selling all had spaceships and rivets and machines. But in my heart, what I loved was fantasy.
No, letâ€™s be more precise: What I loved was Tolkienâ€™s Lord of the Rings and George Macdonaldâ€™s The Light Princess and C. S. Lewisâ€™s Till We Have Faces and Michael Crichtonâ€™s Eaters of the Dead and Thomas Hardyâ€™s Far From the Madding Crowd and John Herseyâ€™s White Lotus and Millerâ€™s A Canticle for Leibowitz and Crowleyâ€™s The Deep and Peakeâ€™s Ghormengast.â€
Read more of Orson Scott Cardâ€™s essay — plus many other items — on the Tor blog.