Year of publication: 2004
Maps in a Mirror: The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card
Orson Scott Card
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MAPS IN A MIRROR The Short Fiction of Orson Scott Card To Charlie Ben, who can fly BOOK 1 THE HANGED MAN TALES OF DREAD INTRODUCTION I can’t watch horror or suspense movies in the theatre. I’ve tried—but the tension becomes too much for me. The screen is too large, the figures are too real. I always end up having to get up, walk out, go home. It’s more than I can bear. You know where I end up watching those movies? At home. On cable TV. That little screen is so much safer. The familiar scenes of my home surround it. And when it gets too tense, I can flip away, watch reruns of Dick Van Dyke or Green Acres or some utterly lame depression-era movie until I calm down enough to flip back and see how things turned out. That’s how I watched Aliens and The Terminator—I never have watched them beginning-to-end. I realize that by doing this I’m subverting the filmmaker’s art, which is linear. But then, my TV’s remote...