Books by John Barnes

John Barnes is the award-winning author of many SF novels, including Orbital Resonance, A Million Open Doors, and The Sky So Big and Black. With Buzz Aldrin, he wrote Encounter with Tiber and The Return. He lives in Colorado.


THE LAST PRESIDENT by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Fans of the previous entries will keep reading."
The final entry of Barnes' near-future apocalypse trilogy (Daybreak Zero, 2011, etc.). Read full book review >
LOSERS IN SPACE by John Barnes
Released: April 12, 2012

Despite the campy title, Barnes (Tales of the Madman Underground, 2009) spins a space-travel tale with scientific and emotional substance.

In 2129, most humans are economically comfortable, but the big money and cachet is in entertainment. Read full book review >

DAYBREAK ZERO by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 1, 2011

"A stunning premise that would have benefited from a lighter approach, less baggage and more focus."
Near-future apocalypse, the second entry in Barnes' projected trilogy, following Directive 51 (2010). Read full book review >
FICTION
Released: May 1, 2009

With excruciating, mind-numbing detail and a lot of swear words, 17-year-old Karl chronicles the first six days of his senior year. Read full book review >

THE ARMIES OF MEMORY by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 2006

"Still top-heavy with cultural referents, but thoughtful, well plotted and intriguingly populated—the best so far in a worthwhile series."
Another adventure for troubadour-spy Giraut Leones of the Thousand Culture's Office of Special Plans—whose mission is to steer humanity down a path between war on the one hand and solipsistic retreat into virtual reality on the other. Read full book review >
GAUDEAMUS by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Nov. 4, 2004

"Even at this length, a narrative that should be—and often is—pure fun repeatedly gets bogged down in philosophical debates. Not Barnes's best, though entertaining enough."
Like Finity (1999), a tall story that keeps getting taller . . . and taller . . . and taller. Read full book review >
THE SKY SO BIG AND BLACK by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Aug. 1, 2002

Latest in Barnes's series (Candle, 2000, etc.) in which, in an alternate future, the meme (mind-controlling algorithm) Resuna has infected everyone on Earth, binding them into the hive-like intelligence called One True. Read full book review >

THE MERCHANTS OF SOULS by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Jan. 1, 2001

Third volume, with two to follow, in the 29th-century adventures of Giraut Leones, troubadour, diplomat, spy, and now host of the personality and memories of his dead school chum Raimbaut. Read full book review >

CANDLE by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

A yarn that takes place somewhere—though it's unclear precisely where—in the universe Barnes created for his splendid Kaleidoscope Century (1995). Read full book review >

FINITY by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: March 11, 1999

College professor Lyle Peripart, the descendant of American expatriates, tries to ignore the various Reichs that rule the world following the Axis victory in WWII over a century ago, until the powerful industrialist Geoffrey Iphwin, interested in Lyle's clever statistical analyses, hires him. Read full book review >

APOSTROPHES AND APOCALYPSES by John Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 20, 1998

Barnes's first collection, comprising 13 stories, including four previously unpublished, and eight essays, is divided, obscurely, into sections headed "While you Wait," "For the End," "Let Us Spend some Time," and "Talking to People Who Aren't There." Read full book review >

EARTH MADE OF GLASS by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: May 1, 1998

Sequel to Barnes's far-future A Million Open Doors (1992), set a millennium hence at a time when Earth's scattered colonies, long isolated by the vastness of interstellar distances, are reestablishing contact via the newly invented "springer" or instantaneous transporter. Read full book review >

ENCOUNTER WITH TIBER by Buzz Aldrin
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 17, 1996

Alien-contact/ancient-astronaut ``infotainment'' from Aldrin, the second man on the moon (Men from Earth, 1989, etc.) and leading novelist Barnes (Mother of Storms, 1994, etc.). Read full book review >

ONE FOR THE MORNING GLORY by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: April 1, 1996

Following a streak of science fiction successes (Kaleidoscope Century, 1995, etc.), Barnes takes a stab at light fantasy. Read full book review >

KALEIDOSCOPE CENTURY by John Barnes
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1995

The latest from Barnes (Mother of Storms, 1994, etc.) opens on Mars early in the 22nd century, where Joshua Ali Quare wakes from a long illness with only scattered memories; among his few possessions is an advanced computer containing hundreds of documents, many contradictory, detailing his past lives. Read full book review >

MOTHER OF STORMS by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: July 1, 1994

The author of A Million Open Doors (1992) here spins a near- future global catastrophe yarn. Read full book review >

A MILLION OPEN DOORS by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Oct. 1, 1992

Another thoughtful, well-handled, polished coming-of-age yarn from the author of the splendid Orbital Resonance (1991), etc. The far future, with thousands of human colonies isolated from one another by vast stellar distances, offered enormous scope for social engineering according to exotic parameters. Read full book review >

ORBITAL RESONANCE by John Barnes
SCIENCE FICTION & FANTASY
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

Worthy whack at a near-future coming-of-age novel, set aboard an asteroid shuttling between Earth and Mars in the year 2025; from the author of Sin of Origin (1988) and The Man Who Pulled Down the Sky (1986). Melpomene Murray, 13, lives within the hollowed-out, cargo- carrying asteroid Flying Dutchman and studies hard for her upcoming Full Adulthood exams. Read full book review >