About the Author

Robert Buettner

Robert Buettner’s best-selling debut novel, Orphanage, 2004 Quill Award nominee for Best SF/Fantasy/Horror novel, was called the Post-9/11 generation’s Starship Troopers.
Orphanage, and other books in his Jason Wander series, have been republished by Science Fiction Book Club, and released by various publishers in Chinese, Czech, French, Russian, and Spanish. Robert was also nominated for the Quill Award as Best New Writer of 2005.

In March, 2011, Baen Books will release Overkill, Robert’s sixth novel, and first in his Orphan’s Legacy series, and in July, 2011 his seventh, Undercurrents.

Born in 1947 on Manhattan Island, he graduated with Honors in Geology from the College of Wooster in 1969, and received his J.D. from the University of Cincinnati in 1973. He served as a U.S. Army intelligence officer, a Director of the Southwestern Legal Foundation, and was a National Science Foundation Fellow in Paleontology. He is a member of the Heinlein Society and the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association.

 As attorney of record in more than three thousand cases, he practiced in the U.S. federal courts, before courts and administrative tribunals in no fewer than thirteen states, and in five foreign countries. Six, if you count Louisiana.

Robert lives in Georgia with his family and more bikes than a grownup needs.

27 Responses to “About the Author”

  1. Tom Forbes Says:

    You must be a native of Pennsylvania. Your descriptions of Indiantown Gap reminded me of a not so pleasant summer there in 1968 at ROTC summer camp. Also the part set in Pittsburgh with the reference to Mt Lebanon. I have family there and am a Pittsburgh native. I’m really enjoying Orphanage and loking forward to reading the rest of the series. Good job!

  2. robertbuettner Says:

    My only residence in Pennsylvania was a similarly brief and trying tour at the Gap.

    Thanks for the kind words. – Robert

  3. Erik Young Says:

    Thanks so much for your books. I just discovered “Orphanage” the other day, read it, bought the other 2 and working on them. You contribute what a lot of Military SciFi lacks (characters with hearts) and just enough military/technical detail in my opinion. Somewhere between Orson Scott Card and John Ringo haha!
    Please continue writing if Jason keeps telling you to!

  4. Brian Swearingin Says:

    In reading Sci Fi since oh.. the ’70’s I have to admit to being absolutly hoked on these books. It’s a rare author indeed that gets me so interested that I can’t get enough. If I were to have 20 of this series in my bookcase that would still be only a small amount of the space I’d want to fill. From Good Ole Robert Heinlein and the other fathers of modern Sci Fi, to you. I’m proud to have these books. Rest assured all 5 of these planned books will have a space in my home and in my childrens’ reading.

  5. KG2V Says:

    Just Finished Orphan’s Alliance – now, get back to writing, so I can get back to reading – grin

  6. Roger Buettner Says:

    Just found Orphan’s Destiny today. Now have book 1 on reserve through our local library. Reviews sound great and I am looking forward to reading the series.
    Certainly piqued my interest since my son is also a Robert Buettner!

  7. Mark Tisdale Says:

    Hey Robert,

    Just completed Orphanage and really liked see. I see you have some nice pull quotes from Scalzi and Haldeman which is nice to see. My brother turned me on to your books and I am glad he did. We’ve been scifi readers for over 35 years easy. Ever thought of getting on twitter? Drop a line to Scalzi if you think you may want to try it as he is on there and I follow his tweets there. The good news is that you can update on the fly at a max 140 characters and still maintain your blog.

  8. Martha Cash Brown Says:

    You have the same name and look much like a high school classmate of mine. Did you ever live in Alabama?
    If this is annoying, just forget it. My curiosity got the best of me.

  9. Melanie Todd Says:

    Great stuff, thoroughly enjoyed the Jsaon Wander stories. Sounds as if the author knows his stuff and thereby creates a believable universe where the human race needs and weilds big bug splatterers.

    I have been a devotee of space opera particularly the Miles Vorkosigan series

  10. robertbuettner Says:

    Thanks for the kind words.

  11. Nick Sharps Says:

    I loved the first book, just wonderin’ whats next?

    • robertbuettner Says:

      The Jason Wander series comprises five currently available books, Orphanage, Orphan’s Destiny, Orphan’s Journey, Orphan’s Alliance, and Orphan’s Triumph. Overkill, Book 1 of the new Orphan’s Legacy series, set in the same universe, will be released by Baen Books in early 2011.

  12. Nick Sharps Says:

    Thanks, glad to see you’ll be using Baen. As far as publishing companies go Baen is by far my favorite.

  13. SPC. Matthew Kaye Says:

    Mr. Buettner,
    I’m writing to you from RC East, Afghanistan so I have to keep this short and to the point.
    As an infantryman and combat vet, I have never read a military science fiction novel that has managed to capture the fear, trepidation, humor, and pain of war from the eyes of the frontline soldier until I read Orphanage. The emotions experienced through your character, Jason Wander, evoked so many similar feelings in me, the reader, that at times, it was difficult to distinguish the characters feelings from my own. You have truly captured the spirit and life of us infantry grunts in this fantastic novel and the “seat of your pants” plot made it impossible to put down. One of my English professors in college once told me that sci-fi novel fans are the biggest critics. As a fan of science fiction, I can say without a doubt that you’ve truly produced an amazing work of literature that will set the standard for other sci-fi authors in the future. Thank you!

  14. robertbuettner Says:

    Dear SPC Kaye:

    Thanks for the kind words, and more for your service.

    – Robert

  15. Fritz Hansen Says:

    Jolly Good Show, Bob

  16. Darren Calderon Says:

    What’s metzgers first name?

    • robertbuettner Says:

      Jason never mentioned it, did he?

    • Darren Calderon Says:

      No, Jason didn’t. I thought he may have but couldn’t seem to find it. Even checked the wedding part. He’s just Metzger. Semper Fi.

    • nobs Says:

      Actually i think i remember reading his first name was brendan.
      and his last name metzger tranlates to butcher in german.
      i believed he could be called brendan butcher

      • robertbuettner Says:

        Nobs: Thanks for your interest. Alas, if you read that Metzger’s first name was “Brendan,” it wasn’t in any of the books, or in anything else I’ve written. If you find the source, clue me and I’ll send you some free stuff. About the only connection I can make to your comment is that my great grandfather was a german immigrant who was a butcher in Syracuse, New York. – Robert Buettner

  17. Jack Says:

    Interesting: this Amazon review says that a Jude Metzger on Bren was involved.
    “Orphan’s Alliance (2008) is the fourth SF novel in the Orphanage series, following Orphan’s Journey. In the previous volume, Bren was liberated from the Slugs by the united clans. Among those freed from slavery was Jude Metzger.”
    So Jude, not BRENdan is on BREN.

  18. Donald Jenner Says:

    “100mpg carburetor…”: Elegant. Kudos.

    • robertbuettner Says:

      Thanks for the kind words, Donald. If you liked Carburetor, take a look at my new short story, The Trouble With Millennials, available to read online free at Baen.com.

  19. Gerald Wilson Says:

    In the 100 MPG Carburetor you made huge blooper. In speaking pejoratively about Kadhaffi, you called him “diminutive, as in “midget”, not only one, but twice withing a fe lines.

    In fact he was 6 ft. tall and not diminutive at all.

    • robertbuettner Says:

      I’ll take your word for it. Many reports say he was 5’4″ tall, but had shoes specially made to appear taller. However, I have never heard of shoes that could add 8 inches.
      In any event, I never met him. I relied on the impressions of people I worked with, who negotiated with him first hand. Many of them found him vain, and ‘small’ in the sense of needing to overcompensate. The ‘pejoratives’ are offered not for the truth of their content about Kaddafi but to demonstrate the blustering bias of the character who offers them, as that bluster is observed by the storyteller, Trueman.
      Thanks for your interest and perspective. How well did you know Khaddafi?

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