Edward M. Lerner

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Edward M. Lerner
Born1949 (age 68–69)
United States
OccupationWriter, novelist
LanguageEnglish
NationalityAmerican
GenreScience fiction, techno-thriller, popular science, hard science fiction

Edward M. Lerner (born 1949) is an American author of science fiction, techno-thrillers, and popular science.

As of 2018 he has eighteen published books: nine solo novels, three collections, five novels co-authored with Larry Niven in the Known Space universe, and one popular-science book. 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 semi-finalist at the 2006 Science Fiction Short Film Festival.[1]

Biography[edit]

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]

Recognition[edit]

Lerner's novel InterstellarNet: Enigma won the inaugural (2015) Canopus Award for long-form fiction (i.e., novels) "honoring excellence in interstellar writing."[3] He also won the annual "Anlab" (Analog Readers Poll) for nonfiction in 2013, for "Faster Than a Speeding Photon: The Why, Where, and (Perhaps the) How of Faster-Than-Light Technology" and for short story in 2018, for "Paradise Regained"," among his many Anlab nominations. His fiction has also been nominated for Locus, Prometheus, and Hugo awards.[4]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • Lerner, Edward M. (1991). Probe.
  • — (2005). Moonstruck.
  • — (2008). Fools' experiments.
  • — (2009). Small miracles.
  • — (2012). Energized.
  • Dark Secret, 2016.
Fleet of Worlds series (with Larry Niven)
InterstellarNet series
  • InterstellarNet: Origins, 2010.
  • InterstellarNet: New Order, 2010.
  • InterstellarNet: Enigma, 2015.

Short fiction[edit]

Collections[edit]

  • 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.

List of stories[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
The Matthews Conundrum 2013 Lerner, Edward M. (November 2013). "The Matthews Conundrum". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (11): 73–103. Novella; InterstellarNet
Championship b'tok 2014 Lerner, Edward M. (September 2014). "Championship b'tok". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (9): 80–103. Novelette; InterstellarNet
  • "What a Piece of Work is Man". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. February 1991.
  • "Unplanned-for Flying Object". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 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.
  • "The Day of the RFIDs", Future Washington (2005).
  • "Great Minds", Jim Baen's Universe, October 2006.
  • "A Stranger in Paradise", Jim Baen's Universe, February 2007.
  • "RSVP", Darker Matter, March 2007.
  • "Chance of Storms", Jim Baen's Universe, April 2007.
  • "Copywrong", Darker Matter, June 2007.
  • "At the Watering Hole", Jim Baen's Universe, August 2007.
  • "Countdown to Armageddon", Jim Baen's Universe, October 2007 through October 2008. Published in book form in 2010.
  • "Inside the Box", Asimov's, February 2008.
  • "The Night of the RFIDs", Analog, May 2008.
  • "Where Credit is Due". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 128 (10): 74–75. October 2008.
  • "Small Business". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 129 (1&2): 84–95. January–February 2009.
  • "No GUTs, No Glory", Jim Baen’s Universe, August, 2009.
  • "A Time for Heroes". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 130 (6): 73–77. June 2010.
  • "Blessed Are the Bleak", Analog, April 2011.
  • "Energized", Analog, June – October 2011. Published in book form in 2012.
  • "Unplanned Obsolescence". Probability Zero. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (1&2): 104–105. January–February 2013.
  • "Time out". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (1&2): 152–179. January–February 2013.
  • "Dark Secret – part I of IV". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (4): 8–38. April 2013. Published in book form (all four parts) in 2016.
  • "Dark Secret – part II of IV". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (5): 66–103. May 2013.
  • "Dark Secret – part III of IV". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (6): 72–104. June 2013.
  • "Dark Secret – part IV of IV". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (7&8): 158–184. July–August 2013.
  • "Tour de Force", Impossible Futures (2013).
  • "There's an App for That", Sci Phi Journal, July 2015.
  • "I Clink, Therefore I Am", Sci Phi Journal, November 2015.
  • "A Case of Identity", Analog, December 2015.
  • "Judy Garland Saves the World (And I Don’t Mean Oz)", Deco Punk (2015).
  • "Soap Opera", Analog, April 2016.
  • "Turing de Force", Science Fiction by Scientists (2016).
  • "Paradise Regained", Analog, January/February 2017.
  • "The Torchman's Tale", Galaxy's Edge, January 2017.
  • "Nothing to Lose?", Galaxy's Edge, May 2017.
  • "The Company Man", Grantville Gazette (Universe Annex), May 2017.
  • "A Visit to the Network Control Center", Sci Phi Journal, May 2017.
  • "Too Deep Thought", Galaxy's Edge, July 2017.
  • "The Company Dick", Grantville Gazette (Universe Annex), September 2017.
  • "My Fifth and Most Exotic Voyage", Analog, September/October 2017.
  • "The Pilgrimage", Analog, November/December 2017.
  • "Harry and the Lewises", Analog, September/October 2018.
InterstellarNet stories

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

  • "The Science Behind the Story: InterstellarNet", non-fiction piece.[5]
  • "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.

Non-fiction[edit]

Books
  • Trope-ing the Light Fantastic: The Science Behind the Fiction, 2018.
Articles
  • "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.
  • Lerner, Edward M. (May 2013). "Victory lapse". Guest Editorial. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (5): 4–7.
  • Lerner, Edward M. (October 2013). "Alien worlds: not in Kansas any more". Science Fact. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (10): 23–32.
  • — (December 2013). "Hacked off". Guest Editorial. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (12): 4–7, 104.
  • — (April 2014). "Alien dimensions : the universe next door". Science Fact. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (4): 24–30.
  • — (May 2014). "Are we there yet?". Guest Editorial. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (5): 4–7.
  • — (June 2014). "Alternate abilities : the paranormal". Science Fact. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (6): 19–28.
  • "Alien AWOLs: The Great Silence", Analog, October 2014.
  • "Alien Altercations: Star (Spanning) Wars", Analog, July/August 2015.
  • "Alien Adventures: Rising to the Challenge", Analog, October 2015.
  • "Human 2.0: Being All We Can Be (Part I)", Analog, January/February 2016.
  • "Human 2.0: Being All We Can Be (Part II)", Analog, March 2016.
  • "A Certain Uncertainty", Analog, April 2016.
  • — (May 2016). "The Dread Question". Guest Editorial. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 136 (5).
  • "Here We Go Loopedy Loop: A Brief History of Time Travel (Part I)", Analog, May 2016.
  • "Here We Go Loopedy Loop: A Brief History of Time Travel (Part II)", Analog, June 2016.
  • "A Mind of Its Own (Part I)", Analog, September 2016.
  • "A Mind of Its Own (Part II)", Analog, October 2016.
  • — (November–December 2018). "Dystopic? Or Myopic?". Guest Editorial. Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 138 (11–12): 4–7.

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