Steven Barnes

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Steven Barnes
Born (1952-03-01) March 1, 1952 (age 70)
Los Angeles, California, United States
SpouseTananarive Due

Steven Barnes (born March 1, 1952) is an American science fiction, fantasy, and mystery writer. He has written novels, short fiction, screen plays for television, scripts for comic books, animation, newspaper copy, and magazine articles.


Barnes wrote several episodes of The Outer Limits and Baywatch. His "A Stitch In Time" episode of The Outer Limits won an Emmy Award. He also wrote the episode "Brief Candle" for Stargate SG-1 and the Andromeda episode "The Sum of Its Parts". Barnes's first published piece of fiction, the 1979 novelette "The Locusts", was written with Larry Niven, and was a Hugo Award nominee.[1][2] Barnes subsequently collaborated with Niven on several other books, including two books with both Niven and Jerry Pournelle. Barnes said he clashed politically with the two conservative writers but enjoyed working with them, calling it "a tremendous learning opportunity".[3]

Barnes's alternate history novel Lion's Blood won the 2003 Endeavour Award. His 2004 Star Wars tie-in novel The Cestus Deception was a New York Times bestseller.

Together with his wife, Tananarive Due, and actor Blair Underwood, Barnes won the 2009 NAACP Image Award for outstanding Literary Work - Fiction for In the Night of the Heat: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Barnes, was born on March 1, 1952 in Los Angeles, California. He has had a varied education, including a secondary education at Los Angeles High School. He continued at Pepperdine University, majoring in Communication Arts.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Barnes is married to Tananarive Due, a writer.[3] The couple live in Los Angeles and host a video blog together. They also taught a course together at UCLA called "The Sunken Place: Racism, Survival & Black Horror" that experienced a surprise visit from Get Out director Jordan Peele. The course is now available as a webinar.[6] Barnes has a daughter from his first marriage and a son from his current marriage.

Barnes is also an avid practitioner of martial and physical arts. He began studying in 1969.[5] He is a black belt in Kenpo Karate (BKF style), and Kodokan Judo. He holds an instructor certificate in Wu Ming Ta, and has an instructor candidate ranking in Filipino Kali stick and knife fighting. He is an advanced student in Jun Fan kickboxing (Bruce Lee method under Dan Inosanto), and is an instructor in Wu-style t'ai chi ch'uan under Hawkins Cheung.

He is an intermediate student in self-defense pistol shooting (preferring the Turnipseed modified Weaver method). He holds a brown belt in Shorenji Jiu Jitsu, and intermediate rankings in Tae Kwon Do and Aikido. He completed the Yoga Works basic Hatha Yoga instructor program; is studying Pentjak Silat (an Indonesian fighting system) with Guru Stevan Plinck, and Ashtanga Yoga, an aerobic form of yoga.


  • The Dream Park series:
    • Dream Park (1981; with Larry Niven)
    • The Barsoom Project (1989; with Larry Niven)
    • The California Voodoo Game (1992; with Larry Niven)
    • The Moon Maze Game (2011; with Larry Niven)
  • The Aubry Knight series:
    • Street Lethal (1983)
    • Gorgon Child (1989)
    • Firedance (1993)
  • The Heorot series:
  • The Insh'Allah series:
  • The "Ibandi" series:
    • Great Sky Woman (2006)
    • Shadow Valley (2009)
  • The Tennyson Hardwick Novels:
    • Casanegra (2007; with Blair Underwood and Tananarive Due)
    • In the Night of the Heat (2008; with Blair Underwood and Tananarive Due)
    • From Cape Town with Love (2010; with Blair Underwood and Tananarive Due)
    • South by Southeast (September 2012; with Blair Underwood and Tananarive Due)
  • Stand-alone novels, screenplays, and other works:
  • Short stories
    • "The Woman in the Wall" (2000; novelette)
    • "Danikil", Whose Future Is It? (2018)[7]


  1. ^ Award nominees Archived 2009-11-20 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ interview
  3. ^ a b Interview: Steven Barnes Archived 2013-10-08 at the Wayback Machine, by Greg Beatty. Strange Horizons, July 29, 2002. Retrieved August 31, 2013
  4. ^ ‘Bees’ big at NAACP Image Awards, by N'neka Hite. Variety, February 12, 2009. Accessed 7-25-2019
  5. ^ a b Steven Barnes: White & Black. Locus Magazine; vol/issue 50/3[506] 2003. Pages 84-86. (excerpts)
  6. ^ "Tananarive Due and Steven Barnes on Jamming with Stephen King and the Enduring Power of Genre Writing", Consequence of Sound, March 29, 2019
  7. ^ "Steven Barnes" in Cellarius Stories, Volume 1, ch. 10. Cellarius, Ed., New York: 2018, ISBN 978-1-949688-02-3.

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