Short works

Books : reviews

Edward M. Lerner.
Baen. 2005

Edward M. Lerner.
Creative Destruction.
Wildside Press. 2006

Computing is mere decades young, a set of technologies we have scarcely begun to develop. It's already been quite a ride. Now: Imagine every gadget around you becoming ever faster, cheaper, tinier, more interconnected, more intelligent … especially more intelligent.

The stories in Creative Destruction explore what we could face in the next half century or so: artificial intelligence, malicious software to make us nostalgic for mere! viruses, ever-more-perfect virtual reality, direct neural interfaces to computers, ubiquitous networks, and more.

The Internet? That was nothing.


The day of the RFIDs. 2005
Survival instinct. 2002
What a piece of work is man. 1990
By the rules. 2003
Iniquitous computing. 2001
Catch a falling star. 2005
Settlement. 2000
Creative destruction. 2001

Edward M. Lerner.
Fools' Experiments.
Tor. 2008

Edward M. Lerner.
Small Miracles.
Tor. 2009

Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner.
Fleet of Worlds.
Tor. 2007

Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner.
Juggler of Worlds.
Tor. 2008

Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner.
Destroyer of Worlds.
Tor. 2009

Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner.
Betrayer of Worlds.
Tor. 2010

Larry Niven, Edward M. Lerner.
Fate of Worlds.
Tor. 2012

For decades, the spacefaring species of Known Space have battled over the largest artifact—and grandest prize—in the galaxy: the all-but-limitless resources and technology of the Ringworld. But the Ringworld has vanished without warning, leaving behind three rival war fleets.

Something must justify the blood and treasure that have been spent. If the fallen civilization of the Ringworld can no longer be despoiled of its secrets, the Puppeteers will be forced to surrender theirs. Everyone knows that the Puppeteers are cowards.

But the crises converging upon the trillion Puppeteers of the Fleet of Worlds go far beyond even the onrushing armadas as the many players head toward a final, decisive collision. One way or another, the fabled race of Puppeteers may have come to the end of their days.