While you probably know Ed from his SF novels, including the InterstellarNet series and the epic Fleet of Worlds series with Larry Niven—Ed is also a prolific author of acclaimed short fiction. This collection showcases his finest and favorite shorter works.
Faced with the common question of which of his books should someone read first, he has carefully selected these stories to cover his wide range. Now he can answer, “This one!”
Alternate history. Parallel worlds. Future crime. Alien invasion. Alien castaways. Time travel. Quantum intelligence (just don’t call him artificial). A (sort of) haunted robot. Deco punk. In this book, you’ll find these—and more—together with Ed’s reminiscences about each selection and its relationship to other stories, novels, and even series that span his writing career.
These are the best, as determined by awards, award nominations, and the selective tastes of eight top editors and choosy Analog readers.
Each excellent story stands alone—you won’t need to have read anything prior—but you’ll surely want to read more of Ed’s books afterwards.
“Lerner’s world-building and extrapolating are top notch.” —SFScope
“This collection demonstrates the author’s wide range within the field of science fiction. Fans of the genre are sure to find something to fit their tastes.” — Tangent Online
Other Works By Edward Lerner:
On the Moon’s far side, shielded from Earth’s radio cacophony, Americans are building a radio-astronomy observatory. Russians sift the dust of a lunar “sea” for helium-3 to run future fusion reactors. Commercial robots, remotely operated from Earth, roam the Moon’s near side in a hunt for mineral wealth. Why chase distant asteroids for precious metals? Onetime asteroids must lie close beneath the much-bombarded lunar surface.
Then a prospecting robot encounters a desiccated, spacesuited figure. An alien figure ….
Americans from the lunar observatory investigate. Near the original find, underground, they discover an alien installation. Lunar Russians, realizing that the Americans are up to something clandestine, send their own small team. Each group distrusts the other … even before the fatal “accidents” begin. By the time anyone suspects what ancient evil they have awakened, it may be too late—
For everyone on earth, too.
PRAISE FOR DÉJÀ DOOMED AND EDWARD M. LERNER:
“Solid sci-fi outing from Lerner”—Publishers Weekly
“Here’s an author you definitely need to check out.”—Asimov’s Science Fiction
“Irresistibly compelling. Edward M. Lerner has given us the ultimate archeological mystery.” —Jack McDevitt, Nebula Award-winning author of The Academy Series
“Well plotted, scientifically accurate, a story plausible and exciting—hard sf at it’s best.” —Gregory Benford, Nebula Award-author of Timescape
Edward is a physicist and computer scientist (among other things). After thirty years in industry, working at every level from individual technical contributor to senior vice president, he now writes full-time. Mostly he writes science fiction and techno-thrillers, now and again throwing in a straight science or technology article.
More information about Edward can be found at: Edward M. Lerner — official website (edwardmlerner.com)