As of 2021 he has twenty-two published books: eleven solo novels (three in his InterstellarNet universe), five collections, five novels co-authored with Larry Niven in the Known Space universe, and one popular-science book. The majority of Lerner’s shorter works were originally published in Analog, The Grantville Gazette, and (until it ceased publication) Jim Baen’s Universe.
His 2001 short story “Grandpa?” was made into a short film, The Grandfather Paradox, and shown at the 2006 Balticon Science Fiction convention where it won the Best Film Award. It was also a semi-finalist at the 2006 Science Fiction Short Film Festival.
For over thirty years Edward M. Lerner worked in the aerospace and information technology industries while writing science fiction part-time. He held positions at numerous companies such as Bell Labs, Hughes Aircraft, Honeywell, and Northrop Grumman. In February 2004, after receiving a book deal for Moonstruck, he decided to write science fiction full-time.
Lerner’s novel InterstellarNet: Enigma won the inaugural (2015) Canopus Award for long-form fiction (i.e., novels) “honoring excellence in interstellar writing.” He also won the annual “Anlab” (Analog Readers Poll) for nonfiction in 2013, for “Faster Than a Speeding Photon: The Why, Where, and (Perhaps the) How of Faster-Than-Light Technology” and for short story in 2018, for “Paradise Regained”,” among his many Anlab nominations. His fiction has also been nominated for Locus, Prometheus, and Hugo awards.
- Probe, 1991,
- Moonstruck, 2005, ISBN 978-0743498852.
- Fools’ Experiments, 2008, ISBN 0765319012.
- Small Miracles, 2009, ISBN 978-0765320940.
- Energized, 2012, ISBN 978-0765328496.
- Dark Secret, 2016, ISBN 978-1612423227.
- The Company Man, 2019, ISBN 978-1948818537 (novelization of four stories previously published in the Grantville Gazette).
- Déjà Doomed, 2021, ISBN 978-1647100278.
- Fleet of Worlds series (with Larry Niven)
- Fleet of Worlds, 2007, ISBN 978-0765318251.
- Juggler of Worlds, 2008, ISBN 978-0765318268.
- Destroyer of Worlds, 2009, ISBN 978-0765322050.
- Betrayer of Worlds, 2010, ISBN 978-0765326089.
- Fate of Worlds, 2012, ISBN 978-0765331007.
- InterstellarNet series
- InterstellarNet: Origins, 2010, ISBN 978-0981848747.
- InterstellarNet: New Order, 2010, ISBN 978-0981848754.
- InterstellarNet: Enigma, 2015, ISBN 978-1936771646.