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Lerner, Edward M

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1949-    ) US scientist involved in aerospace and information technologies such as Bell Labs, and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "What a Piece of Work is Man" in Analog for 1991, followed later the same year by his first novel, Probe (1991), a Technothriller in which an Alien Spaceship discovered in the solar system seems to be establishing First Contact with humanity, but may be a hoax. Lerner then concentrated on short fiction for some years, much of this work being assembled as Creative Destruction (coll 2006). Along with two further Near Future tales, Moonstruck (2005) – in which First Contact is again established, this time by Aliens who must work out humanity's eligibility for admission to the galaxy at large – and Fools' Experiment (2007) – in which an artificially evolved Computer-related "life"-form threatens civilization – he began to focus his energies on prequels to Larry Niven's main Known Space sequence, all written with Niven (whom see for details of Known Space): Fleet of Worlds (2007), Juggler of Worlds (2008), Destroyer of Worlds (2009), Betrayer of Worlds (2010) and Fate of Worlds: Return from the Ringworld (2012). [JC]

Edward M Lerner

born Chicago, Illinois: 22 June 1949



Tales of Known Space: Worlds


  • Origins (Takoma Park, Maryland: FoxAcre Press, 2010) [fixup: InterstellarNet: pb/]
  • New Order (Takoma Park, Maryland: FoxAcre Press, 2010) [InterstellarNet: pb/N Taylor Blanchard]
  • Enigma (Takoma Park, Maryland: FoxAcre Press, 2015) [InterstellarNet: pb/]

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