Interviews and Articles

Ed takes a writing break

Ed takes a writing break (in the Dark Ages, judging by that monitor)

(2024) Another fun — and very wide ranging — interview, hosted by The Science in the Fiction. It certainly touches on Ed’s latest novel, Life and Death on Mars, but it’s mainly about space races past and future, planetary protection, theories of life’s origin, and, well lots of stuff. You can hear the hour-long interview here.

(2024) Dauna Needham at Better to Podcast led Ed through what he calls one his most fun and interesting interviews ever. In no particular order, they discussed: cyberwarfare, EMPs, nanotech, AI, flying the space shuttle — and at least five of his books. Check it out here.

(2024) Over at Rebelliously Curious, Ed discusses “The Science Behind Science Fiction” (and not a little about SF itself). It’s all right here.

(2024) Visiting Adeptus On Air, Ed discusses (the writing) life, (mainly the Mars corner of) the universe, and everything. Watch it here.

(2024) The Protagonist Speaks is one of Ed’s favorite interview venues. Why? Because rather than him answering questions, a favorite character does the honors. In this case, it’s Katrina (Cat) Mancini, astronaut pilot — and mission commander extraordinaire — from the newly released adventure Life and Death on Mars. Definitely, a cat does not have Cat’s tongue. As you can read here.

(2023) To end the year while marking the release of Life and Death on Mars, Ed made a return appearance at Campaign for the American Reader. More precisely, he made three appearances. Those are Page 69 Test, Writers Read, and (his favorite of the three) My Book, the Movie. Because, he would explain, this novel would make one hell of a movie.

(2023) Ed takes part in Amazing Stories‘ aptly named feature, Unexpected Questions. Wherein, Ed reports, they really, really are. Also, fun. See Unexpected Questions with Edward M. Lerner.

(2023) SAM Magazine podcasts Ed’s Halloween-y (and yet, hard SF) short story, “The Torchman’s Tale.” That story is but one of fourteen pieces — and almost  the shortest — in Ed’s career-spanning collection,  The Best of Edward M. Lerner.

(2023) Ed reports he had a delightful, wide-ranging podcast interview with Murder, Mystery & Mayhem Laced with Morality.

(2023) Ed sat down, however virtually, with Top Shelf for the e-zine’s May issue. The interview is here (starting on page 38).

(2023) Ed appeared on Writers on Writers over a triple espresso, for a general discussion about writing and his authorial career. You can stream it here, on YouTube.

(2023) Ed visited the Yeah Uh-Huh podcast to discuss (mainly) his 2021 novel Déjà Doomed. The podcast is here, on Spotify.

(2022) JVC Art Studio invited Ed to the podcast nominally to discuss The Best of Edward M. Lerner — but the delightful conversation as often dealt with the practicalities of exploring Mars, how Ed got into writing, other of Ed’s books, past and forthcoming, and more. Check it out here.

(2022) Ed joins three fellow grizzled veterans for a Writers of the Future podcast advising aspiring SF authors. Here’s the link.

(2022) Ed reports that this appearance at The Protagonist Speaks was one of his most fun interviews ever.

(2022) Ed found himself under the (benign) glare of the Science Fiction Trading Card Spotlight.

(2022) Ed was interviewed about The Best of Edward M. Lerner for the Paul Semel’s popular-culture blog. How the new collection came about. How its stories were selected. What to read next.

(2022) Ed appeared on The Douglas Coleman Show, where the wide-ranging conversation covered, among other things, Ed’s writing career, the Apollo Moon missions, prospects for exploring Mars (touching on his own forthcoming novel), and — of course, his latest book, The Best of Edward M. Lerner. Here’s the video, on YouTube.

(2022) Lurking for Legends hosted Ed for a wide-ranging live video chat about his writing career and many of his books (including coming books). It’s available on YouTube.

(2022) In quite the change of pace from the more usual genre-oriented venues, Ed had an extensive discussion with Authority Magazine (“devoted to sharing in-depth interviews, featuring people who are authorities in Business, Pop Culture, Wellness, Social Impact, and Tech). The dialog’s main theme was “How To Create Compelling Science Fiction and Fantasy Stories.”

(2022) Ed had a wide-ranging interview with author, editor, publisher, and blogger J.M. Northup. They discussed Ed’s career, literary opinions, and writing process, with nary a mention of his recent books. (There *are* looks ahead to forthcoming books.) Here’s the interview.

(2022) To start off the new year, Ed went on The Word Tour to discuss “The Science Behind the Fiction.” Naturally, a few other aspects of his writing also came up.

(2021) Ed returned to genre podcast Sci-Fi Saturday Night, to discuss the science behind the fiction. (He is a physicist and computer engineer, you’ll remember, not only a longtime SF author.) Read all about it on his blog post (“MacGuffins and starships and aliens, oh my!“), or go straight to the interview (“Irrational Numbers for Rational Science Fiction.“)

(2021) Ed returned to Southside Broadcasting (affiliated with Lincoln University, in the UK) to discuss the state of science and science fiction, prospects for the climate and encountering aliens, and so much more. The podcast version is here (Ed’s interview taking the first 35 minutes).

(2021) Ed did beaucoup interviews: on – among many topics — science fiction, the space program, his writing career, and the year’s new novel, Déjà Doomed. He maintains a growing list of these interviews on his blog (in a post headlined with what’s perhaps the best interview comment of all time) at Holy Crap! This is a great book.

(2018) Ed has a cameo appearance in The Washington Post. See “We crashed a science-fiction writers convention to ask about Trump’s ‘Space Force’

(2018) Ed has an extended interview about Trope-ing the Light Fantastic on The Innovation Show — “an international show for innovators.” Stream the audio (48 minutes in toto) at “The Science behind Science Fiction with Edward M.Lerner: Augmented Humanity, AI, Superintelligence.” That is, if you didn’t catch the radio broadcast on Radio-Television Ireland ….

(2018) Ed is interviewed on the Analog blog about Trope-ing the Light Fantastic and its back story. See “Trope-ing Down the Alleyways with Edward M. Lerner.”

(2018) Ionisphere (the newsletter of the National Fantasy Fan Federation) interviews Ed in their February 2018 issue. Just search on “lerner”.

(2017) Legendary genre website File 770 interviews Ed at length about his careers in tech and SF. See Edward M. Lerner: Crafted Science, Convincing Characters.

(2016) Is it the zombie apocalypse? Ed makes an appearance at Eating Authors?

(2015) Ed returns to Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction for a TV interview covering the release of InterstellarNet: Enigma — and lots of other things. Watch it on Youtube.

(2015) Ed guest-posts at SF Signal about crafting believable mid-range futures (from a few decades out to a century or more from today) in “The Magic of Being Distinguishable from Magic.” He illustrates the process with background from the evolving future history that is his popular InterstellarNet series.

(2015) Ed guest-posts at SF writer Robert J. Sawyer’s very popular authorial/genre blog about “Beyond the Fermi Paradox” — and its explication in InterstellarNet: Enigma.

(2015) Ed is first among those interviewed at SF Signal for “MIND MELD: SF Stories That Predicted the Future — Or Didn’t.”

(2014) “The Near Future Is a Dangerous Place (for Writers, Too)” is Ed’s guest post on popular genre site SF Signal. It’s an essay on the perils of prediction — and on the mass-market paperback re-release of Energized.

(2013) Talk of the Town, on ABC affiliate TV3 (Winchester, VA), interviewed Ed about Energized. The interview aired on Saturday 11/9 and Sunday 11/10. Alas, the station folded soon after; their website — and with it, the interview — is no more.

(2013) Spec-fic website posts an interview with Ed as “Story behind Fate of Worlds by Larry Niven and Edward M. Lerner — Forty-two years in the making.”

(2013) The Winchester Star announces “Author wins award for magazine article.” (Sorry for the absence of a link; the online edition is available only to paid subscribers.) This is a rare article about Ed’s nonfiction writing. For Ed’s related post, see Faster than a speeding photon.

(2013) SF Site offers Fate of Worlds: An Interview with Edward M. Lerner. From their introduction: “… a single triumphant work of vivid imagination and colorful adventure, fraught with enough action, intrigue, surprises and human drama to satisfy any SF fan.”

(2012) Fast Forward: Contemporary Science Fiction (a syndicated community TV program dedicated to SF topics) interviewed Ed about both Energized and Fate of Worlds. Watch the interview here. The interview runs about 18 minutes.

(2012) The Winchester Star covers back-to-back release of Fate of Worlds and Energized in “Author pens new books; signing set.” (Sorry for the absence of a link; the online edition is available only to paid subscribers.)

(2012) Cover to Cover Book Beat (on Oregon radio) interviews Ed and Larry about the Fleet of Worlds series and, especially, about Fate of Worlds. (Or go straight to the podcast here.)

(2012) Tor Books interviewed Ed about his newly released novel Energized  for their monthly newsletter. See “Scarily Timely: A Q&A with Edward M. Lerner.”

(2012) Genre website SF Site offers “Energized: An Interview with Edward M. Lerner.”

(2012) Popular review site Literally Jen does a “Q & A with Energized Author Edward M. Lerner.”

(2010) Radio show Fictional Frontiers interviewed Ed about Betrayer of Worlds (podcast here).

(2010) Over on SF Signal, see the EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Edward M. Lerner covering the Fleet of World series and more.

(2010) Worlds Colliding? That’s Nothing.Ed’s essay in the Tor/Forge blog talks about Betrayer of Worlds and its relationship to Ringworld on the latter’s fortieth anniversary.

(2010) Ed is interviewed by the University of Illinois about Web 3.0.

(2010) Campaign for the American Reader offered Ed the opportunity to present InterstellarNet: Origins from three separate perspectives.  See Page 69 Test, Writers Read, and My Book, the Movie.

(2010) Fictional Frontiers asked Ed back for his third radio “appearance” to discuss InterstellarNet: Origins. Ed’s segment begins about thirty-five minutes into this archived interview.

(2009) Archived on YouTube, The Artist’s Craft (public-access TV) interviewed Ed about Small Miracles.

(2009) Fictional Frontiers interviewed Ed on radio about Small Miracles (podcast here).

(2009) Tor Books interviews Ed about his newly released novel Juggler of Worlds for the monthly Tor newsletter. See “Edward M. Lerner discusses Juggler of Worlds, his latest collaboration with noted SF author Larry Niven.”

(2008) Fictional Frontiers interviewed Ed on radio about Fools’ Experiments (podcast here).

(2008) The SF podcast review site Cover to Cover interviewed Ed about Juggler of Worlds and Fools’ Experiments.

(2008) Sci Fi Wire (the news service of [what was then called the] the Sci Fi channel) interviewed Ed about Juggler of Worlds.

(2007) Ed presented “Computer Science in SF: It’s Not an Exact Science” at the Library of Congress, hosted by the library’s Technology, Science & Business Division and the staff’s Science Fiction & Fantasy Forum.

(2007) Ed’s autobiographical piece appeared in a section on dream jobs for engineers, in the online edition of Spectrum, published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

(2005) Sparked by the release of Moonstruck, Ed was interviewed by the e-zine SFrevu.

(2005) Ed’s writing career became a matter of interest to his alma mater, the University of Illinois:

  • Physics Department newsletter
  • Engineering School (article)
  • The student paper, the Daily Illini

(2003) Worldcon 2003 in Toronto — Ed was quoted in the Globe and Mail. See “A genre in a time warp.”

(2002) Ed’s writing career was highlighted in Jay Kay Klein’s “Biolog” in the February 2002 issue of Analog. This biography accompanied “Presence of Mind,” his first novella to appear in that magazine.