John Barnes (author)

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Cover of the fourth novel (2008) in Barnes' Thousand Cultures series. Cover art by John Harris (artist).

John Barnes (born 1957) 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.

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.[2][3]


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. Barnes has written that the delay was caused by disagreements between him and the publisher over the direction the series was taking. As of 2012, plans are for The Last President to be the final book in the series published by Ace, with future volumes self-published. Barnes is considering re-writing the first two books to make them more consistent with his original conception of the series.[4]

Other books[edit]

Short fiction[edit]


See also[edit]

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


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