Paul Cook (author)

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Paul Cook is a science fiction writer, classical music critic, and a Principal Lecturer in the English Department at Arizona State University.


Paul Cook was born in Tucson, Arizona in 1950 and has lived all of his life in Arizona with the exception of three years in Salt Lake City from 1978-1981 where he studied English at the University of Utah, from which he received a Ph.D. in 1981. He currently resides in Tempe, Arizona and has been teaching at Arizona State University since 1982. He has taught a wide range of courses from creative writing courses to literature courses, both British and American. He also teaches ASU's first science fiction class, Eng 369: Science Fiction Studies. He has taught authors as diverse as Thomas Pynchon, John D. MacDonald, Elmore Leonard, Carlos Castaneda, Ezra Pound, and John O'Hara. He currently writes book reviews for Galaxy's Edge, an online science fiction magazine edited by Mike Resnick.



  • Tintagel (Ace Science Fiction: 1981)
  • The Alejandra Variations (Ace Science Fiction: 1984)
  • Duende Meadow (Bantam Spectra: 1985)
  • Halo (Bantam Spectra: 1986)
  • On The Rim Of The Mandala (Bantam Spectra: 1987)
  • Fortress On The Sun (Roc SF: 1997. Reprint Phoenix Pick/Arc Manor Books, 2008)
  • The Engines Of Dawn (Roc SF: 1999. Reprint Phoenix Pick/Arc Manor Books, 2008)
  • Karma Kommandos (Phoenix Pick/Arc Manor Books, 2008)

Other writing[edit]

Paul Cook has also published short stories in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, New Letters, Digital Science Fiction, The Nameless Review and The Hawai'i Review.

He has also published poems in a wide variety of literary non mainstream magazines such as The Georgia Review and Quarterly West. He also writes (and continues to write) classical music criticism, having written for and He now writes classical music reviews exclusively for The American Record Guide. He has written extensively on the music of Shostakovich, Hindemith, Stravinsky, and Prokofiev.

He most recently wrote the introduction to Tanar of Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs from Bison Books (University of Nebraska Press, 2006) and is the Series Editor for the Phoenix Science Fiction Classic series from Phoenix Pick/Arc Manor books. He is also an immense Doc Savage fan and a fan, in general, of pulp fiction from the 1930s and 1940s.

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