->John became a professional science fiction writer\\
and since his publisher assured him that all science fiction authors became immensely successful,\\
he was given the standard "rich and famous" contract.\\
Somewhat confused by the fine print, he nonetheless signed in blood.
-->[[http://www.johnringo.net/About.aspx "John Ringo about himself"]]

John Ringo (born March 22, 1963) is an American writer of MilitaryScienceFiction, {{fantasy}} (both urban and traditional), and other novels.

Major series of his:
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheAldenata'': Starting with ''A Hymn Before Battle'', set TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture when an alien [[TheFederation federation]] reveals themselves... just before the invasion of another alien race, the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Posleen]]. This series was Ringo's main break as an author.
* ''Literature/CouncilWars'': Set a thousand years in the future, very briefly this is the story of a civil war amongst members of the council that sends the world into chaos, where {{nano|machines}}technology serves (or served, in most cases, post-Fall) for the series' source of magic. Starts with ''There Will Be Dragons''
* ''Literature/PrinceRoger'' (aka ''Empire of Man''): A MilitaryScienceFiction series co-written with Creator/DavidWeber. Some aspects of this series can be found in other, unrelated works, including but not limited to fake curse words and some character names/personalities. Currently on hiatus, due to author scheduling conflicts. Also known as [[FanNickname The Series That Must Not Be Named]], given Ringo's annoyance at how frequently he's asked if the series will continue. Ask about it at your peril. The series starts with ''March Upcountry''.
* ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'': Starting with ''Ghost'', a modern military fiction series focusing on Mike "Ghost" Harmon, a [[RetiredBadass former Navy SEAL]], and all-around AntiHero. The first book is a self-admitted [[AuthorAppeal author wank piece]] with a significant focus on BDSM (see [[http://hradzka.livejournal.com/194753.html "Oh John Ringo No!"]], of which [[http://hradzka.livejournal.com/194753.html?thread=760769#t760769 the man himself approves]]) that was originally not intended for publication, but between fan response to a snippet and the head of Creator/BaenBooks (at the time, Jim Baen, who has since passed away) insisting that it be printed, it was published for release to the public. Works later in the series (starting with ''Kildar''), however, tend more towards, as described elsewhere in the comments to the linked Website/LiveJournal entry, "man builds stuff and gets lots of pussy".
* ''Literature/IntoTheLookingGlass'': TwentyMinutesIntoTheFuture story tending more towards the "hard" side of MohsScaleOfScienceFictionHardness (It softens somewhat as the series continues), building off of currently known particle physics. An accident at a Florida university where investigations into high-energy particle physics was taking place results in multiple gates opening to another part of the galaxy, through which organic-based baddies launch an attack on Earth.
* ''Literature/SpecialCircumstances'': Urban fantasy focusing on a Christian housewife and mother forced into dealing with supernatural villains.
* ''Literature/TroyRising'': NextSundayAD, [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill nice aliens]] extend their PortalNetwork into Sol System. Two years later, UsefulNotes/{{NASA}} [[IWantMyJetpack has yet to get off its fat, subsidized ass and build an actual spaceship]]. A year after ''that'', while [[StrawCharacter stupid officials]] are still arguing over the portal's importance, bad aliens stroll in nonchalantly and [[VichyEarth conquer Earth]] in [[CurbStompBattle a single afternoon]]. But the bad guys never counted on "Tyler Vernon"... A ''literal'' SpiritualAdaptation; Ringo was chatting with [[Webcomic/SchlockMercenary Howard Tayler]] about the FirstContact days of Schlock Mercenary, and Howard said that John was more than welcome to write that story[[note]]though the official ''Schlock Mercenary'' wiki says that the two aren't connected, as the two settings have drifted apart given a lack of communication between Messrs Tayler and Ringo[[/note]].
* ''Literature/BlackTideRising'': Zombie apocalypse series, focusing on a [[CrazyPrepared crazy prepared]] family surviving the initial outbreak and rounding up survivors and supplies from boats and ships at the Atlantic seabord.

Mr. Ringo's website can be found [[http://www.johnringo.net here]], for more details than in this (currently sketchy) article. It's mostly empty, being a work-in-progress replacing a defunct site.

Not to be confused with Music/JohnLennon, Music/RingoStarr or cowboy Johnny Ringo of Tombstone infamy (though he is a distant relative of the writer).

!! Tropes related to the author:
* AuthorTract: Many of his books are used to talk about his conservative political beliefs, with varying degrees of unsubtlety, and to take swings at things held dear by liberals.
* ContestWinnerCameo: Not a contest per se, but Ringo offered spots in his list of readers for {{Redshirt}}ing or {{cameo}}s to those who purchased the now-discontinued [[MemeticMutation OH JOHN RINGO NO]] t-shirts, whose profits went to the Helen Bamberg Foundation.[[note]]The Foundation helps, among other people, women abused by the sex trade, which features prominently in several books of the ''Paladin Of Shadows'' series that spawned the OJRN meme.[[/note]]
* CreatorThumbprint: {{Cameo}}s, {{Tuckerization}}s, and other inclusions of fans and family as characters can be found his work, from his very first published novel, ''A Hymn Before Battle'', onwards.
* DearNegativeReader: Nobly averted. Ringo responded to a [[http://hradzka.livejournal.com/194753.html fairly scathing dissection]] of the ''Literature/PaladinOfShadows'' series with [[http://hradzka.livejournal.com/199220.html a plug for the review and a note that "I agree totally and unashamedly."]] He then endorsed the sale of T shirts with the slogan "OH JOHN RINGO NO", [[http://hradzka.livejournal.com/221940.html raising $700 for the Helen Bamber Foundation]].[[note]]The Foundation's focus is on women caught in the sex trade, an issue that figures prominently in much of the series.[[/note]]