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Glen Cook

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Glen Cook
Cook at Utopiales in 2011
Cook at Utopiales in 2011
Born (1944-07-09) July 9, 1944 (age 79)
New York City, U.S.
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Notable works

Glen Charles Cook (born July 9, 1944)[1] is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction, known for The Black Company and Garrett P.I. fantasy series.


Cook was born in New York City.[1] Cook served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1972 and specifically was attached, for a time, to a Marine Force Recon unit, the 3rd Marine Battalion.[2] During his time attached to the Force Recon Unit, Cook participated in what he called "practice combat", and left active duty, "a month before [the unit] shipped out to Viet Nam".[3] He later worked his way through college. Cook began to write in earnest while working for General Motors at an auto assembly plant in a job which was "hard to learn, but [involved] almost no mental effort", writing as many as three books per year.[4]

Cook wrote The Black Company, a novel published by Tor Fantasy, in May 1984. It began a gritty fantasy series of the same name (or Chronicles of the Black Company)[1] following an elite mercenary unit through several decades of its history. As of 2016, it comprises the novels published in three subseries 1984–85, 1989–90, and 1996–2000, plus recent short fiction.[1] It has become something of a cult classic, especially among current and former members of the military. When asked about the series' popularity among soldiers, Cook replied: "The characters act like the guys actually behave. It doesn't glorify war; it's just people getting on with the job. The characters are real soldiers. They're not soldiers as imagined by people who've never been in the service. That's why service guys like it."[5] Cook is also known for his Garrett P.I. series, which tells the haphazard adventures of hardboiled detective Garrett, and for his Dread Empire series.

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  1. ^ a b c d e "Glen Cook – Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved August 2, 2014.
  2. ^ "Cook, Glen 1944–". Encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
  3. ^ "The SF Site: An Interview with Glen Cook". SF Site. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
  4. ^ "The Glen Cook Interview". Archived from the original on July 30, 2016. Retrieved June 20, 2006.
  5. ^ "Strange Horizons Interview". Archived from the original on May 14, 2006. Retrieved June 20, 2006.

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