Edward M. Lerner

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]

Edward M. Lerner
Born1949 (age 69–70)
United States
OccupationWriter, novelist
GenreScience fiction, techno-thriller, popular science, hard science fiction


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]


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]



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

Short fiction


  • 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

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.
  • "A Visit to the Network Control Center", Sci Phi Journal, May 2017.
  • "Too Deep Thought", Galaxy's Edge, July 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.
  • "Clockwork Cataclysm", Analog, January/February 2019.
  • "I've Got the World on a String", Galaxy's Edge, January 2019.
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.
Company Man stories
  • "The Company Man", Grantville Gazette (Universe Annex), May 2017.
  • "The Company Dick", Grantville Gazette (Universe Annex), September 2017.
  • "The Company Mole", Grantville Gazette (Universe Annex), November 2018 thru January 2019.


  • Trope-ing the Light Fantastic: The Science Behind the Fiction, 2018.
  • "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.


  1. ^ Redheadproductions.com
  2. ^ Lerner, Edward (2006). Creative Destruction. Wildside Press. ISBN 9780809557486.
  3. ^ Previous Award Winners at canopus.100yss.org
  4. ^ Award Bibliography: Edward M. Lerner at isfdb.org
  5. ^ Analogsf.com Archived July 8, 2012, at the Wayback Machine

External links

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Betrayer of Worlds

Betrayer of Worlds is a science fiction novel by American writers Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner, set in the Known Space series. It is a sequel to their previous novels Fleet of Worlds, Juggler of Worlds, and Destroyer of Worlds, and is set 70 years before Ringworld.

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Destroyer of Worlds (novel)

Destroyer of Worlds is a science fiction novel by American writer Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner, set in the Known Space series. It is a sequel to their previous novels, Fleet of Worlds and Juggler of Worlds. It is set ten years after Juggler of Worlds, drawing heavily from Protector, but, like the rest of the series, can stand alone.The plot involves New Terra and the Puppeteers (and the Gw'oth) entering into conflict with a Pak Protector fleet (though not the fleets featured in Protector). It also resolves why Alice Jordan's knowledge about the Pak never entered later novels, and restates the known timeline of the Home conversion to a planet of protectors.

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

Fate of Worlds

Fate of Worlds (2012) is a science fiction novel by American writers Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner. It is the fifth and final book in the Fleet of Worlds series, itself a subset of Niven's Known Space series.

Fate of Worlds opens as Ringworld's Children (part of the Ringworld series) closes, decades after Betrayer of Worlds, the prior book in the Fleet of Worlds series. The novel thus concludes both series, and involves characters from both.

Fleet of Worlds

Fleet of Worlds is a science fiction novel by American writers Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner, part of Niven's Known Space series.

The Fleet of Worlds (sub)series, consisting of this book and its four sequels, is named for its opening book.

Juggler of Worlds

Juggler of Worlds (2008) is a science fiction novel by American writers Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner, a sequel to their Fleet of Worlds .It is set in the Known Space universe. Most of the book revisits earlier stories (the Beowulf Shaeffer stories in Crashlander from the points of view of Sigmund Ausfaller and several Pierson's Puppeteers, and "The Soft Weapon" and parts of Fleet of Worlds from the point of view of Nessus). The novel also severely revises the established knowledge of the Outsider race. The final quarter of the book returns to the setting of Fleet of Worlds.


The Kzinti (singular Kzin) are a fictional, very warlike and bloodthirsty race of cat-like aliens in Larry Niven's Known Space series.

The Kzinti were initially introduced in Niven's story "The Warriors" (originally in Worlds of If (1966), collected in Tales of Known Space (1975)) and "The Soft Weapon" (1967), collected in Neutron Star (1968). A Kzin character, Speaker-to-Animals (later known as Chmeee), subsequently played a major role in Niven's Hugo and Nebula award-winning Ringworld (1970) and Ringworld Engineers (1980), giving considerably more background of the Kzinti and their interactions with human civilizations. Following Ringworld, Niven gave permission to several friends to write stories taking place in the time following "The Warriors" but before "The Soft Weapon"; these stories (including a handful by Niven) were collected in a number of volumes of The Man-Kzin Wars, which eventually reached fourteen volumes, the first published in June 1988. Kzinti also appear in Juggler of Worlds (2008) and Fate of Worlds (2012), novels within the Fleet of Worlds series (cowritten with Edward M. Lerner).

The Kzinti were also written by Niven into the Star Trek universe, appearing first in Star Trek: The Animated Series, also in Star Fleet Universe, as well as material for Star Trek: Enterprise that was never produced because of the series' cancellation.

Larry Niven

Laurence van Cott Niven (; born April 30, 1938) is an American science fiction writer. His best-known work is Ringworld (1970), which received Hugo, Locus, Ditmar, and Nebula awards. The Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America named him the 2015 recipient of the Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master Award. His work is primarily hard science fiction, using big science concepts and theoretical physics. It also often includes elements of detective fiction and adventure stories. His fantasy includes the series The Magic Goes Away, rational fantasy dealing with magic as a non-renewable resource.

Larry Niven bibliography

This is a complete bibliography by American science fiction author Larry Niven.

Man-Kzin Wars

The Man-Kzin Wars is a series of military science fiction short story collections (and is the name of the first collection), as well as the eponymous conflicts between mankind and the Kzinti that they detail. They are set in Larry Niven's Known Space universe; however, Niven himself has only written a small number of the stories.

All of the cover art for the books in the series are drawn by Stephen Hickman.

Outsider (Known Space)

The Outsiders are a fictional alien race in Larry Niven's Known Space series. They are many-limbed beings that are invariably described as a cat o'nine tails with a fattened handle. Their body composition includes ultra-cold superfluid helium.

Phoenix Pick

Phoenix Pick is the science fiction and fantasy imprint of Arc Manor Publishers based in Rockville, Maryland, United States.

Phoenix Pick publishes many classic and semi-classic works of science fiction and fantasy. These include Dark Universe (1961) and Simulacron-3 (1964) by Daniel F. Galouye, Lest Darkness Fall and Related Stories (1939) by L. Sprague de Camp (with the related stories by Frederik Pohl, David Drake, and S. M. Stirling) and The Long Tomorrow (1955) by Leigh Brackett.

In 2010, Phoenix Pick published two novellas nominated for the Nebula Award: "Act One" by Nancy Kress and '"Arkfall" by Carolyn Gilman. "Act One" was also nominated for the Hugo Award. That year, Phoenix Pick also published Ceres by L. Neil Smith, a finalist for the Prometheus Award.Other publications include Alexei and Cory Panshin's Hugo-Award-winning study on science fiction, The World Beyond the Hill (1989) and the Phoenix Science Fiction Classics series. The series publishes a number of annotated classic texts (with commentary) specifically geared toward college students. PSF Classics is edited by Paul Cook, and authors represented in this series include H. G. Wells and Jules Verne. Additionally, Phoenix Pick promotes Arc Manor's bimonthly Galaxy's Edge magazine.


Ringworld is a 1970 science fiction novel by Larry Niven, set in his Known Space universe and considered a classic of science fiction literature. Ringworld tells the story of Louis Wu and his companions on a mission to the Ringworld, a massive alien construct in space 186 million miles in diameter. Niven later added four sequels and four prequels, the Fleet of Worlds series, co-written with Edward M. Lerner, provides the four prequels, as well as Fate of Worlds, the final sequel. The novels tie into numerous other books set in Known Space. Ringworld won the Nebula Award in 1970, as well as both the Hugo Award and Locus Award in 1971.

Ringworld series

The Ringworld series is a series of science fiction novels written by American author Larry Niven. It is part of his Known Space set of stories. Its backdrop is the Ringworld, a giant artifact 600 million miles in circumference around a star. The series is composed of five standalone science fiction novels, the original award-winning book and its four sequels:

1970: Ringworld

1980: The Ringworld Engineers

1996: The Ringworld Throne

2004: Ringworld's Children

2012: Fate of Worlds (by Niven and Edward M. Lerner)Fate of Worlds is also a sequel to the four books of the Fleet of Worlds series, set in the same "Known Space" universe and all written by Niven and Edward M. Lerner:

2007: Fleet of Worlds

2008: Juggler of Worlds

2009: Destroyer of Worlds

2010: Betrayer of Worlds

Stars and Gods

Stars and Gods is a collection of science fiction and non-fiction by Larry Niven and edited by Jonathan Strahan, first published in hardcover and ebook form by Tor Books in August 2010. A trade paperback edition followed from the same publisher in August 2011.The book contains nine excerpts from longer works, fifteen works of short fiction, and seven short nonfictional works by Niven, some written in collaboration, together with a preface and fifteen introductions to several of the pieces by the author and an interview of Niven by Brenda Cooper.

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