GREENSBORO - Controversial Greensboro author Orson Scott Card has been named to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees.
Card, an award-winning science fiction writer whose book "Ender's Game" has been made into a movie starring Harrison Ford, was Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger's choice for the board. The UNC-TV board meets quarterly and serves only as an advisory group.
A press release from the UNC-TV board notes that Card won the prestigious Hugo and Nebula awards in consecutive years, making him the only author to do so.
An attempt to reach Card through his website today was not immediately successful.
Card's political writing, published in the Rhinoceros Times and elsewhere, has created controversy and a threatened boycott against the Ender's Game movie, which is due out Nov. 1.
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Card has taken a strong anti-gay-marriage stance and, in the Rhino Times, compared President Obama to Adolf Hitler as part of a lengthy "thought experiment."
"So as a science fiction writer and a student of history, allow me to spin a plausible scenario about how, like Augustus Caesar, Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolph Hitler and Vladimir Putin, Barack Obama could become lifetime dictator without any serious internal opposition," he wrote in the column.
A spokesman for the board dcelined to comment Monday beyond the board's press release.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Card to the UNC-TV Board of Trustees,” board chairman Robb Teer said in the release. “We are grateful for his willingness to serve and look forward to working with him to continue providing the people of our state with enriching, life-changing television in these challenging times.”