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Steven Barnes

Writer Guest of Honor

Steven Barnes has published almost thirty novels and over three million words of science fiction and fantasy. He’s been nominated for Hugo, Nebula, and Cable Ace awards. While his television work includes Twilight Zone, Stargate SG1 and Andromeda, his “A Stitch In Time” episode of The Outer Limits won the Emmy Award, and his alternate history novel LION’S BLOOD won the 2003 Endeavor. His GREAT SKY WOMAN and SHADOW VALLEY, adventures set 30,000 years ago in East Africa, were published by Ballentine/One World Books in 2006 and 2009.

CASANEGRA, an erotic mystery novel written with his wife, American Book Award-winning novelist Tananarive Due and Hollywood luminary Blair Underwood (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), was published by Atria in July of 2007 and immediately became an Essence Best-Seller. Its sequel, IN THE NIGHT OF THE HEAT, was published in September of 2008 and won the 2009 NAACP Image Award.

He also wrote the New York Times bestselling novel STAR WARS: THE CESTUS DECEPTION, as well as the Star Trek novel FAR BEYOND THE STARS, issues of Legends of the Dark Knight (Batman: Underground Railroad, 1999) and the Dream Park series with Larry Niven.

 Barnes is also a lecturer and personal consultant who has lectured on creativity and human performance technologies from UCLA, USC, and Pasadena JPL to the Smithsonian Institute. He was for three years, Kung Fu columnist for Black Belt Magazine, and hosted the “Hour 25” radio show on KPFK Pacifica Radio for four years.

His latest novel, THE DEAD LIST, will be published by Tor in 2016.

He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Tananarive and son Jason.