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Author: Orson Scott Card Narrator: Grover Gardner, John Rubinstein, Stefan Rudnicki, others Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Audio Length: Series:The Maps in a Mirror Series Release Date: December 2009 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9781481553759

Publisher Description

This fourth volume in Orson Scott Card's five-book anthology of short stories features tales with religious themes, exploring the mysteries of ritual, sacrifice, faith, and death.

Mortal Gods

In our mortality lies our greatness.

Saving Grace

A story of TV faith healers and those who follow them.

Eye for Eye

An abused child has the gift of creating illness and death in those he is angry with. Winner of the Hugo Award for Best Novella in 1988.

St. Amy's Tale

A family destroys all technology.


When flesh-eating aliens take over a human colony world, one human forestalls total doom by feeding them non-essential bits of his fellow colonists.


A seemingly pointless mission to bring an offering to another culture's shrine takes on unexpected meaning.

"I believe that speculative fiction—science fiction in particular—is the last American refuge of religious literature. Real religious literature, I think, explores the nature of the universe and discovers the purpose behind it."—Orson Scott Card, from his introduction

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  • “Definitive…A series of introductions and afterwords offering Card’s thoughts on his life and his writing are as absorbing as the stories.”

    - Publishers Weekly
  • “The award-winning author of Ender’s Game, Speaker for the Dead, and the Alvin Maker series demonstrates his talent for shorter fiction in this collection of 46 stories that range from fantasy and SF to horror and theological speculation…Detailed introductions and afterwords reveal insights into the thought processes of one of the genre’s most convincing storytellers. An important volume; for most libraries.”

    - Library Journal, on the whole anthology

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " All of OSC's other books that I've read were so amazing that I thought this one would be too - Sorry to say it was a little disappointing. "

    - Lisi, 6/21/2012
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Some stories that make you think... And I appreciate that he put an explanation of where the ideas came from for each at the end. I do enjoy a good collection of short stories. Looking forward to finding and reading the other three! "

    - Tanya, 7/1/2011
  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " There are no throw-away tales in this. I originally read "Eye for Eye" in Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine and grabbed this book just to read that story again. The others, though, are just as good. "

    - Dimitry, 6/22/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Eye for an Eye started strong but fizzles off half way on. Lost boys can be quite haunting and stay with u long after reading. "

    - Ken, 2/28/2011
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " If you like sci-fi and short fiction, this is a great collection. Some of my favorite short stories are in this collection. Mortal Gods, Eye for an Eye, and Kingsmeat are all classics in my view. A good representation of stories with and without action. "

    - Richard, 9/10/2010
  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Religious ones on this one. Interesting. "

    - Scott, 8/3/2010

About the Author

Orson Scott Card, the author of the New York Times bestseller Ender’s Game, has won several Hugo and Nebula awards for his works of speculative fiction. His Ender novels are widely read by adults and younger readers and are increasingly used in schools. Besides these and other science fiction novels, Card writes contemporary fantasy, American-frontier fantasy, biblical novels, poetry, plays, and scripts.

About the Narrators

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over a thousand titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned more than thirty Earphones Awards.

John Rubinstein is an actor, composer, and director who won a Tony Award for his starring role in Broadway’s Children of a Lesser God. He has narrated dozens of audiobooks, earning several AudioFile Earphones Awards and being named a finalist for the prestigious Audie Award for best narration in 2013.

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014, and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Robin Eller is a narrator, actress, singer, and dance educator. She has appeared on stage, in films, and on such television programs as The Bernie Mac Show, The Bold and the Beautiful, The Young and the Restless, and General Hospital, as well as numerous commercials. As a dancer, she has traveled the world with the legendary James Brown.