John Barnes (author)

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John Barnes (born 1957 in Angola, Indiana) is an American science fiction author.


Two of his novels, The Sky So Big and Black and The Duke of Uranium have been reviewed as having content appropriate for a young adult readership, comparing favorably to Robert A. Heinlein's "juvenile" novels.[1] He has contributed to the Internet Evolution website.

Technical Career[edit]

He has done work in systems analysis, business statistics, software reliability theory, sentiment analysis, statistical semiotics, and formal specification.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Barnes's hometown is Bowling Green, Ohio. Barnes earned a B.A. degree from Washington University, an M.A. degree from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. degree in theater from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught at Western State College. He lives in Colorado.[3][4] Barnes has been married three times and divorced twice.


Century Next Door series[edit]

Thousand Cultures series[edit]

The four novels in the Thousand Cultures series include the theme of the effects of globalization, at an interstellar scale, on isolated societies.

Time Raider series[edit]

Timeline Wars series[edit]

Jak Jinnaka series[edit]

Daybreak series[edit]

The Last President was originally scheduled for 2012, but was delayed due to disagreements between Barnes and the publisher over the direction the series was taking. The final book in the series was published by Ace in 2014. Barnes is considering re-writing the first two books to make them more consistent with his original conception of the series.[5]

Other books[edit]

Short fiction[edit]


See also[edit]

  • One True, fictional artificial intelligence central to the Century Next Door series.


  1. ^ Review, The Sky So Big and Black and The Duke of Uranium reviews at Locus
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  3. ^ " John Barnes: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle".
  4. ^ "Blogger: User Profile: John Barnes".
  5. ^ " Customer Discussions > John Barnes forum Has Daybreak 3 - "The Last President" been cancelled???".
  6. ^ "Bibliography: Apocalypses and Apostrophes". Internet Speculative Fiction Database.
  7. ^ *[1] Finity review, x, y, z, t: dimensions of science fiction, Damien Broderick, 2004, p. 152
  8. ^ John Barnes. "Approachably Reclusive".
  9. ^ Barnes, John (2014). Gaudeamus. New York: Tor. ISBN 9780765311986.
  10. ^ Tilton, Lois (December 7, 2010). "Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December". Locus. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  11. ^ Seel, Nigel (April 11, 2011). "Book Review: Engineering Infinity (ed) Jonathan Strahan". Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  12. ^ Waters, Robert E. (March 8, 2011). "Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan". Tangent. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
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