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“I never look specifically for a type of role. I just read the scripts and any that really strike me as being important or interesting or having an amazing character, those are definitely the ones that stay with me the most and are the most interesting to me.” - Asa Butterfield

I think that most of us, anyway, read these stories that we know are not ‘true’ because we’re hungry for another kind of truth: the mythic truth about human nature in general, the particular truth about those life-communities that define our own identity, and the most specific truth of all: our own self-story. Fiction, because it is not about someone who lived in the real world, always has the possibility of being about oneself.

BOOK OF THE DAY: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

As one of the best science fiction books, Ender’s Game’s writing style is straightforward and filled with intricate and rich conceptual themes. Let us explain. In a near future Earth is threatened by a lethal alien species who is determined to obliterate humanity. Enter, Andrew “Ender” Wiggin, who is drafted at the age of 6 into a rigorous military training program. Talented and brilliant, his skills make him rival to his peers and an idol to his elders. Distant from his parents and his somewhat sinister brother, his only remaining emotional salvation is his dear sister. As a result Ender is completely isolated from reality, he battles with loneliness and fear.

Although the story contains a heavy science fiction plot, its psychological affair is far greater than presume, as it is with most science fiction stories. Ender is brilliant, empathetic and in constant battle of his inner demons and others’ troubles. He painfully understands the world and even his enemy. The faith and survival on the Earth essentially lie on him and his siblings. Ultimately Ender’s Games is psychologically engaging, thought-provoking and ethically intelligent. It poses one of science fiction’s and humanity’s most chilling question: how does the idea of “the other” or “the foreigner” affect us? What is is about the unknown that makes us violent, extreme and paranoid? 

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What a laugh, though. To think that one human being could ever really know another. You could get used each other, get so habituated that you could speak their words right along with them, but you never knew why other people said what they said or did what they did, because they never even knew themselves. Nobody understands anybody.

And yet somehow we live together, mostly in peace, and get things done with a high enough success rate that people keep trying. Human beings get married and a lot of the marriages work, and they have children and most of them grow up to be decent people, and they have schools and businesses and factories and farms that have results at some level of acceptability- all without having a clue what’s going on inside anybody’s head.

Muddling through, that’s what human beings do.

—  Shadow Of The Hegemon, Orson Scott Card.