Steven Barnes

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Steven Barnes
Born (1952-03-01) March 1, 1952 (age 67)
Los Angeles, California, United States

Steven Barnes (born March 1, 1952) is an American science fiction writer.


Barnes has written several episodes of The Outer Limits and Baywatch. He has also written 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]

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Barnes is married to Tananarive Due, a writer.[3] The couple live in Los Angeles. 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.[4] 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.



  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. ^ a b Steven Barnes: White & Black. Locus Magazine; vol/issue 50/3[506] 2003. Pages 84-86.

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