Thursday, June 6, 2024

SciFi Thoughts (also random synapse misfirings)

Last updated June 20, 2024

Today begins my multipart appearance (if audio-only counts as an appearance) on genre podcast SciFi Thoughts. My conversation with fellow SF author Lancer Kind will continue in several weekly installments -- see updates below.

Curious? Of *course* you are. Here, as an intro to my writing and authorial career, is installment one:

First update: touching on my three-novel InterstellarNet series, on the nonfiction/popular-science book Trope-ing the Light Fantastic: The Science Behind the Fiction, and on my latest novel, aka Life and Death on Mars, here is installment two: 

Second update: in episode three, we dig (with a minimum of spoilers) into Life and Death on Mars. You can check it out here 

Friday, May 31, 2024

Words *from* the wise?

I asked Gemini (Google's AI/chatbot) to characterize my novels. I like to believe *this* time it wasn't hallucinating.

Either way, here's how Gemini responded:

Edward M. Lerner is a prolific science fiction author known for weaving intricate plots with thought-provoking scientific concepts. Here's a glimpse into what you can expect from a typical Edward M. Lerner novel:
Genre: Primarily hard science fiction, often with techno-thriller elements.
Themes: Lerner tackles big questions about humanity's future, delving into themes like artificial intelligence, first contact with aliens, interstellar travel, and the potential consequences of scientific advancements.
Plots: His stories are driven by suspenseful plots, with characters facing complex challenges that require ingenuity and resourcefulness to overcome.
Characters: Expect intelligent and well-developed characters, often scientists, engineers, or those thrust into extraordinary situations due to groundbreaking discoveries.
Pacing: The stories are fast-paced, keeping the reader engaged with action sequences and plot twists.
Worldbuilding: The settings are meticulously crafted, with believable technological advancements and societies shaped by scientific discoveries.
Examples: Some of his popular works include the "InterstellarNet" series, the "Fleet of Worlds" series co-authored with Larry Niven (part of the Known Space universe), and standalone novels like "Dark Secret" and "Probe."
If you enjoy science fiction that blends intellectual exploration with thrilling adventures, Edward M. Lerner's novels are definitely worth checking out.

Thus spake our silicon overlord ;-)

Friday, May 17, 2024

Life (and the Internet) goes on

It recently sank in that my last blog post was in December, when Life and Death on Mars was published. Hmm. Truth be told, like much of the Internet, I've moved on from blogging to Facebook posting.

That said ... if only because Blogger's tools are better than FB's, I'll occasionally post here when I have something major (or anything lengthy) to say. Meanwhile, your best bet with keeping up with me is my authorial Facebook page.