John Barnes (author)

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John Barnes
Born1957 (age 65–66)
Angola, Indiana, U.S.
EducationWashington University in St. Louis (BA)
University of Montana (MA)
University of Pittsburgh (PhD)
GenreScience fiction

John Barnes (born 1957 in Angola, Indiana) is an American science fiction author.


Two of his novels, The Sky So Big and Black and The Duke of Uranium have been reviewed as having content appropriate for a young adult readership, comparing favorably to Robert A. Heinlein's "juvenile" novels.[1] He has contributed to the Internet Evolution website.

Technical career[edit]

He has done work in systems analysis, business statistics, software reliability theory, sentiment analysis, statistical semiotics, and formal specification.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Barnes's hometown is Bowling Green, Ohio. Barnes earned a B.A. degree from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.A. degree from the University of Montana, and a Ph.D. degree in theater from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught at Western State College. He lives in Colorado.[3][4] Barnes has been married three times and divorced twice.


Century Next Door series[edit]

  • Orbital Resonance (1991)
  • Kaleidoscope Century (1995)
  • Candle (2000)
  • The Sky So Big and Black (2002)

Thousand Cultures series[edit]

The four novels in the Thousand Cultures series include the theme of the effects of globalization, at an interstellar scale, on isolated societies.

Time Raider series[edit]

Timeline Wars series[edit]

Jak Jinnaka series[edit]

Daybreak series[edit]

  • Directive 51 (2010)
  • Daybreak Zero (2011)
  • The Last President (2014)

The Last President was originally scheduled for 2012, but was delayed due to disagreements between Barnes and the publisher over the direction the series was taking. The final book in the series was published by Ace in 2014. Barnes is considering re-writing the first two books to make them more consistent with his original conception of the series.[5]

Other books[edit]

Short fiction[edit]


See also[edit]

  • One True, fictional artificial intelligence central to the Century Next Door series.


  1. ^ "Review, The Sky So Big and Black and The Duke of Uranium reviews at Locus". Archived from the original on 2017-10-15. Retrieved 2006-12-12.
  2. ^ "Articles by John Barnes | CIO". Archived from the original on 2019-10-27.
  3. ^ " John Barnes: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle". Archived from the original on 2016-04-26. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  4. ^ "Blogger: User Profile: John Barnes". Archived from the original on 2015-08-04. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  5. ^ " Customer Discussions > John Barnes forum Has Daybreak 3 - "The Last President" been cancelled???". Amazon. Archived from the original on 2016-03-05. Retrieved 2017-09-01.
  6. ^ "Bibliography: Apocalypses and Apostrophes". Internet Speculative Fiction Database. Archived from the original on 2018-11-13. Retrieved 2014-07-20.
  7. ^ * [1] Finity review, x, y, z, t: dimensions of science fiction, Damien Broderick, 2004, p. 152
  8. ^ Barnes, John (2014). Gaudeamus. New York: Tor. ISBN 9780765311986.
  9. ^ John Barnes (20 April 2012). "Approachably Reclusive". Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  10. ^ Tilton, Lois (December 7, 2010). "Lois Tilton reviews Short Fiction, early December". Locus. Archived from the original on January 7, 2015. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  11. ^ Seel, Nigel (April 11, 2011). "Book Review: Engineering Infinity (ed) Jonathan Strahan". Archived from the original on June 18, 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  12. ^ Waters, Robert E. (March 8, 2011). "Engineering Infinity, edited by Jonathan Strahan". Tangent. Archived from the original on April 13, 2017. Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  13. ^ "The Birds and the Bees and the Gasoline Trees". 28 April 2015. Archived from the original on 25 January 2016. Retrieved 9 December 2015.

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