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Alumnus wins award for popular-science article

With twelve science-fiction novels under his gravity-defying pants elevation device, Edward M. Lerner, PS Physics, '71, MSE Computer Science '73, has been established for a while as a genre author. In the past few years, he has branched out into nonfiction science and technology popularization. Readers of Analog Science Fiction and Fact -- the largest circulation science-fiction magazine -- chose his "Faster Than a Speeding Photon: The Why, Where, and (Perhaps the) How of Faster-Than-Light Technology" as the best popular-science article for 2012.

Before he turned to full-time writing, he worked in aerospace and IT for thirty years. For seven years, he worked for Hughes Aircraft, one of the largest NASA contractors.

While magazines quickly go out of print, six of his science and technology articles (including the winning article) and more than a dozen related short stories were recently collected in Frontiers of Space, Time, and Thought: Essays and Stories on The Big Questions."

 

 

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