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Paul Park
BornPaul Claiborne Park
(1954-10-01) October 1, 1954 (age 69)
North Adams, Massachusetts, U.S.

Paul Claiborne Park (born October 1, 1954, in North Adams, Massachusetts[1]) is an American science fiction author and fantasy author. He taught literature and writing in the Williams College English Department and the Graduate Program in Art History, retiring as a senior lecturer in 2022.[2] He also taught at the Clarion West writing workshop and the Clarion Workshop and was an instructor at Clarion West in 2011.[3]


Park appeared on the American science fiction scene in 1987 and quickly established himself as a writer of polished, if often grim, literary science fiction. His first work was the Starbridge Chronicles trilogy, set on a world with generations-long seasons much like Brian Aldiss' Helliconia trilogy. His critically acclaimed novels have since dealt with colonialism on alien worlds (Coelestis), Biblical (Three Marys) and Theosophical (The Gospel of Corax) legends, a parallel world where magic works (A Princess of Roumania and its sequels, The Tourmaline, The White Tyger and The Hidden World), and other topics. He has published short stories in Omni Magazine, Interzone and other magazines, along with anthology series including Postscripts and Exotic Gothic. In 2010 his short story "The Persistence of Memory, or This Space for Sale" was nominated for a World Fantasy Award;[4] and his novella "Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance" was nominated for a 2010 Nebula Award.[5]



  • The Starbridge Chronicles
    • Soldiers of Paradise. New York: Arbor House, 1987. ISBN 0-87795-861-0
    • Sugar Rain. New York: Morrow, 1989. ISBN 1-55710-029-2
    • The Cult of Loving Kindness. New York: Morrow, 1991. ISBN 0-688-10574-2
  • Coelestis (vt US Celestis, 1995). London: HarperCollins, 1993, ISBN 0-00-224175-7
  • The Gospel of Corax. New York: Soho Press, 1996. ISBN 1-56947-061-8
  • Three Marys. Canton, OH: Cosmos Books, 2003. ISBN 1-58715-519-2
  • A Princess of Roumania
  • All Those Vanished Engines. New York: Tor, 2014. ISBN 978-0-7653-7540-7
As by Paulina Claiborne
  • The Rose of Sarifal. Wizards of the Coast, Forgotten Realms, 2012. ISBN 0-78693026-8

Short fiction[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
No traveller returns 2004 Park, Paul (2004). No traveller returns. Harrogate: PS Publishing. Novella
Ghosts doing the Orange Dance (The Parke Family Scrapbook Number IV) 2010 Park, Paul (January–February 2010). "Ghosts doing the Orange Dance (The Parke Family Scrapbook Number IV)". F&SF. 118 (1&2): 98–166. Park, Paul (2013). Ghosts doing the Orange Dance. Harrogate: PS Publishing. Novella


  1. ^ "Paul Park: Metafictional Demons". Locus. 2014-10-01.
  2. ^ Seibert, Fiona (February 16, 2022). "Seven professors retiring from the College this year". The Williams Record. Williams College. Retrieved 5 September 2023.
  3. ^ "Clarion West to Honor Paul Park, Connie Willis, and Gardner Dozois". SFWA.org. Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association. Retrieved 5 September 2023. Clarion West will open the Locus Awards Weekend with a party in honor of CW instructor Paul Park.
  4. ^ World Fantasy Convention (2010). "2010 World Fantasy Award Winners & Nominees". Archived from the original on 2012-10-27. Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
  5. ^ "SFWA announces the 2010 Nebula Award Nominees". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 2010.
  6. ^ Short stories unless otherwise noted.

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