Edward M. Lerner

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Edward M. Lerner (born 1949) is a United States author of science fiction, techno-thrillers, and popular science.

As of 2012 he has fifteen published books: seven solo novels, three collections, and five novels co-authored with Larry Niven in the Known Space universe. The majority of Lerner's shorter works were originally published in Analog and (until it ceased publication) in Jim Baen's Universe.

His 2001 short story "Grandpa?" was made into a short film, The Grandfather Paradox, and shown at the 2006 Balticon Science Fiction convention where it won the Best Film Award. It was also a semifinalist at the 2006 Science Fiction Short Film Festival.[1]


For over thirty years Edward M. Lerner worked in the aerospace and information technology industries while writing science fiction part-time. He held positions at numerous companies such as Bell Labs, Hughes Aircraft, Honeywell, and Northrop Grumman. In February 2004, after receiving a book deal for Moonstruck, he decided to write science fiction full-time.[2]



Short fiction[edit]

  • "What a Piece of Work Is Man", Analog, February 1991.
  • "Unplanned-for Flying Object", Analog, September 1994.
  • "Settlement", Analog, January 2001.
  • "Grandpa?", Analog, July/August 2001.
  • "Presence of Mind", Analog, February 2002.
  • "Iniquitous Computing", Analog, July/August 2002. Also contained in the collection Creative Destruction.
  • "Survival Instinct", Analog, October/November 2002. Also contained in the collection Creative Destruction. This story is a sequel to Presence of Mind.
  • "By the Rules", Analog, June 2003.
  • "A Matter of Perspective", Artemis, Winter 2003.
  • "Moonstruck", Analog, September - December 2003. Published in book form in 2005.
  • "A Stranger in Paradise", Jim Baen's Universe, February 2007.
  • "Inside the Box", Asimov's, February 2008.
  • "Where Credit is Due". Analog 128 (10): 74–75. October 2008. 
  • "Small Business". Analog 129 (1&2): 84–95. January–February 2009. 
  • "A Time for Heroes". Analog 130 (6): 73–77. June 2010. 
  • "Blessed Are the Bleak", Analog, April 2011.
  • "Energized", Analog, June - October 2011. Published in book form in 2012.
  • "Time Out", Analog, January/February 2013.
  • "Unplanned Obsolescence", Analog, January/February 2013.
  • "Dark Secret", Analog, April - July/August 2013.

InterstellarNet series[edit]

(Following are the original short-fiction and serial appearances; see above for subsequent novelizations.)

  • "The Science Behind the Story: InterstellarNet", non-fiction piece.[3]
  • "Dangling Conversations", Analog, November 2000.
  • "Creative Destruction", Analog, March 2001. Also included in the collection Creative Destruction.
  • "Hostile Takeover", Analog, May 2001.
  • "Strange Bedfellows", Artemis, Science and Fiction for a Space-Faring Age, Winter 2001.
  • "A New Order of Things", Analog, May–September 2006.
  • "Calculating Minds", Jim Baen's Universe, April 2009.
  • "The Matthews Conundrum", Analog, November 2013.
  • "Championship B'tok", Analog, September 2014.


  • Creative Destruction, published 2006, Wildside Press.
    • The Day of the RFIDs
    • Survival Instinct
    • What a Piece of Work Is Man
    • By the Rules
    • Iniquitous Computing
    • Catch a Falling Star
    • Settlement
    • Creative Destruction
  • Countdown to Armageddon / A Stranger in Paradise, published 2010, Wildside Press.
  • Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought: Essays and Stories on The Big Questions, published 2012, FoxAcre Press.

Popular science[edit]

  • "Beyond This Point Be RFIDs", Analog, September 2007.
  • "The Old Gray Goo, It Ain't What It Used To Be", The Bulletin of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Fall 2007.
  • "Follow the Nanobrick Road", Analog, September 2008.
  • "Rock! Bye-Bye, Baby", Analog, November 2009.
  • "Say, What? Ruminations about Language, Communications, and Science Fiction", Analog, March 2011.
  • "Lost in Space? Follow the Money", Analog, October 2011.
  • "Faster than a Speeding Photon", Analog, January/February 2012.
  • "Alien Aliens: Beyond Rubber Suits", Analog, April 2013.
  • "Alien Worlds: Not in Kansas Any More", Analog, October 2013.
  • "Alien Dimensions: The Universe Next Door", Analog, April 2014.
  • "Alternate Abilities: The Paranormal", Analog, June 2014.

Other writings[edit]

  • "Victory Lapse (Guest Editorial)", Analog, May 2013.
  • "Hacked Off (Guest Editorial)", Analog, December 2013.
  • "Are We There Yet? (Guest Editorial)", Analog, May 2014.


  1. ^ http://www.redheadproductions.com/grandfather_page.html
  2. ^ Lerner, Edward (2006). Creative Destruction. Wildside Press. ISBN 9780809557486. 
  3. ^ http://www.analogsf.com/0607/interstellar.aspx

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