John Barnes has thirty-one commercially published and two self-published novels, some of them to his credit, along with hundreds of magazine articles, short stories, blog posts, and encyclopedia articles. Most of his life he has written professionally, and for much of it he has been some kind of teacher, and in between he has held a large number of odd jobs involving math, show business, politics, and marketing, which have more in common than you’d think. He is married and lives in Denver.


John Barnes has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Swift as a Dream and Fleeting as a Sigh

REPRINT FICTION by John Barnes in Issue 142 – July 2018

Long ago I dreamt things to myself because, when I talked to people, I had nothing else to do, most of the time. Robots were easy. I could loan them cycles and bandwidth to temporarily accelerate them, or just download them and read them completely at my speed. Humans were human-paced, without other options. So […]

Martian Heart

REPRINT FICTION by John Barnes in Issue 89 – February 2014

Okay, botterogator, I agreed to this. Now you’re supposed to guide me to tell my story to inspire a new generation of Martians. It is so weird that there is a new generation of Martians. So hit me with the questions, or whatever it is you do. Do I want to be consistent with previous […]
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