The Jason Wander and Orphan's Legacy series: Bestselling Science Fiction from Orbit Books and Baen Books
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, and has been adapted for film by Olatunde Osunsanmi (The Fourth Kind) for Davis Entertainment (Predator, I Robot, Eragon). Orphanageand other books in Robert’s Jason Wander series made numerous best seller lists and have been republished by Science Fiction Book Club, and in Chinese, Czech, French, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish. Orphan's Triumph, the fifth and final book in the Jason Wander series, was named one of Fandomania's top fifteen science fiction/fantasy/horror books of 2009, one of only two science fiction books to make the list. Robert was nominated for the Quill Award as Best New Writer of 2005. In March, 2011, Baen Books released Overkill, his sixth novel, and first in his Orphan's Legacy series, and in July, 2011 will release his seventh, Undercurrents.He wrote the Afterword to the recently republished Robert Heinlein classic short story collection, The Green Hills of Earth/The Menace From Earth. Robert's first original short story appears in the 2012 anthology, Armored, edited by John Joseph Adams.
Born in 1947 on Manhattan Island, Robert 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, has worked in mining as a rig hand and prospector in the Sonoran Desert of Southwest Texas and the mountains of Alaska and worked his way through law school as a petroleum geologist. While he served out his Army-Reserve Intelligence Commission, Robert practiced natural resources law internationally and in the American West, and was for fifteen years General Counsel for the oil exploration arm of the biggest company and richest family that you never heard of. He acknowledges that some Cold-War oil-employee reservists did spy, but unequivocally disclaims doing so. He has, however, quoted the CIA's Kim Roosevelt, who wrote about a former intelligence officer, "He claimed he had left that field entirely...but neither I nor anyone who knew of that interruption in a life...would ever feel sure of that." Robert has served as 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. He serves as a judge of the National Space Society's annual Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest. 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 the foothills of the Blue Ridge north of Atlanta, with his family and more bicycles than a grown up needs.
Author as Alaskan prospector, with mineral specimen and .357 magnum grizzly protection. Used once, the pistol confirmed the Big Bang Theory, as bear and author then moved in opposite directions at almost the speed of light.