TODAY’S SPOTLIGHTED AUTHOR IS THE LEGENDARY STEVEN BARNES!
Steven Barnes is an American science fiction writer, lecturer, creative consultant, and human performance technician. He was born in Los Angeles, CA and is married to writing peer and legendary speculative fiction author, Tananarive Due. The couple reside in California with their son. Barnes also has a daughter from a previous marriage.
Besides being an author, Barnes is a certified hypnotherapist and an avid practitioner of the martial arts. He holds black belts in Kenpo Karate and Kodokan Judo. Barnes also practices Kali stick and knife fighting, Wu-style Tai Chi, Tae Kwon Do and Aikido among other styles. He also studies Yoga and is a life coach with Diamond Hour.
His first published fiction work was a Hugo Award nominated novelette titled, “The Locusts”, he co-authored with Larry Niven. Barnes has since gone on to write a popular series of novels with Niven, titled “The Dream Park Series.”
Several novels in the series followed and a legion of fans devoured them. The writing duo maintained a successful writing arrangement and went on to produce other series together as well.
He has also penned solo works of note, including The Aubry Knight series, which featured one of my personal favorites, “Street Lethal.”
Steven’s work became a very powerful, influential and inspiring voice in Black Speculative Fiction and science fiction in general.
Several other series followed, both solo and co-authored.
Barnes has also written screenplays for The Twilight Zone and Outer Limits, as well as writing novelizations for popular science fiction franchises such as: Star Trek and Star Wars.
He is still very active in writing and recently co-authored a screenplay with his wife Tananarive Due for a short film titled, “Danger Word” which stars actor Frankie Faison.
Over the course of his career, Barnes has written nearly thirty novels. A bibliography can be found at the following link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steven_Barnes
Steven Barnes is a personal writing inspiration to me and one of my heroes.
BE SURE TO HELP CELEBRATE BLACK SPECULATIVE FICTION MONTH BY CHECKING OUT THE WORK(S) OF THIS WONDERFUL WRITER & REMEMBER TBIYTC!!!