Book or Interview novelist and technologist
Edward M. Lerner
Before taking the plunge in 2004 into full-time writing, technologist turned author Edward M. Lerner spent thirty years in high tech at every level from engineer to senior vice president. Many novels later, he’s still glad that he jumped.
He worked at such techie havens as Bell Labs, Hughes Aircraft, and Northrop Grumman—and at a long-gone start-up of which you’ve never heard. He delivered high-tech products and systems to government agencies (including NASA, the FBI, and the Defense Department) and commercial customers as varied as AT&T and McDonald’s. Along the way, he visited a satellite factory, flew the space shuttle training simulator, wandered around the space station trainer, and watched a space shuttle launch. Sooner or later, all that experience shows up in his fiction.
Lerner’s novels run the gamut from technothrillers like Energized (dealing with alternate energy resources), Small Miracles (medical nanotechnology), and Fools’ Experiments (artificial intelligence) to traditional science fiction, like the InterstellarNet series, to (with NY Times bestselling author Larry Niven) the grand space epic Fleet of Worlds series.
Ed’s short fiction has appeared in major science fiction magazines, anthologies, and collections. His short story “Grandpa?” became the award-winning short film “The Grandfather Paradox.”
He writes nonfiction, too, on topics as varied as nanotechnology, privacy in the Internet era, defending Earth from asteroids, and the role of language in science fiction. He also teaches the occasional writing class, blogs regularly on the state of science and science fiction, and has spoken at, among other venues, the Library of Congress and the US Naval Academy. His fiction has been translated into Chinese, Czech, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Polish, Romanian, and Russian.
The varied career(s) didn’t just happen: Ed’s education is almost as eclectic, with degrees in physics, computer science, and business.
Lerner is a member of the Science-fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and SIGMA (not an acronym; an organization of science fiction authors providing pro bono futurism consulting to the U.S. government).
Lerner was born in Chicago, has lived in Illinois, New Jersey, and New York, and now resides in Virginia. His blog, SF and Nonsense, can be found at http://blog.edwardmlerner.com/.
For a bibliography, book covers, book reviews, past interviews, and more, visit Ed’s website at edwardmlerner.com.
To book an interview or appearance, contact Ed directly at email@example.com.