Alephi is going to celebrate the December month as the month of Sci.Fi. writers. We ask one small question to the Sci.Fi. writers worldwide…
A physicist and computer scientist, Edward M. Lerner toiled in the vineyards of high tech for thirty years, as everything from engineer to senior vice president. Then, suitably intoxicated, he began writing full time. His novels run the gamut from near-future technothrillers, like Small Miracles and Energized, to traditional SF, like the InterstellarNet series and Dark Secret. Collaborating with NY Times bestselling author Larry Niven, Ed also wrote the Fleet of Worlds series of Ringworld companion novels. Much of Ed’s short fiction has been collected in Creative Destruction and Countdown to Armageddon / A Stranger in Paradise. His nonfiction articles on science and technology centerpiece Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought: Essays and Stories on The Big Questions. Lerner’s 2015 novel, InterstellarNet: Enigma, won the inaugural Canopus Award for interstellar-themed fiction. His writing has also been nominated for Hugo, Locus, and Prometheus awards.
Alephi : Which sci.fi. book do you like?
Edward M. Lerner : To pick a single book is hard, so I’ll go with a sentimental favorite: Robert A. Heinlein’s “Have Space Suit – Will Travel”. This wasn’t the first SF I read as a boy, but it was probably the one that stuck with me the fastest. Adventure, grand scope, the fate of humanity at stake, and comprehensible science … what wasn’t to like? And, of course, *everything* Heinlein wrote offers sparkling, elegant prose. I went on to read and enjoy many other Heinlein novels, both juveniles (like Space Suit) and adult, but this remains my favorite among his many fine works.