Paul Claiborne Park (born October 4, 1954 in North Adams, Massachusetts) is an American science fiction author and fantasy author. He teaches a course in reading and writing science fiction at Williams College. He has also taught at the Clarion West writing workshop and the Clarion workshop and was an instructor at Clarion West in 2011.
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; and his novella "Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance" was nominated for a 2010 Nebula Award.
- The Starbridge Chronicles
- 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.
- As by Paulina Claiborne
- The Rose of Sarifal. Wizards of the Coast, Forgotten Realms, 2012. ISBN 0-78693026-8
- No Traveller Returns, Harrogate: PS Publishing, 2004. ISBN 1-904619-03-7
- Ghosts Doing the Orange Dance, Harrogate: PS Publishing, 2013. ISBN 978-1-848635-81-4
- If Lions Could Speak, Rockville, MD: Wildside Press, April 2002, ISBN 1-58715-512-5
- "Paul Park: Metafictional Demons". Locus. 2014-10-01.
- "Paul Park: Roumania Quartet nominated for award". Williams College. Retrieved September 30, 2014.
- World Fantasy Convention (2010). "2010 World Fantasy Award Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 4 Feb 2011.
- "SFWA announces the 2010 Nebula Award Nominees". Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. 2010.
- Official website
- Paul Park at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
- SFsite.com review of If Lions Could Speak and Other Stories
- SFsite.com review of A Princess of Roumania
- theArgonauts.info review of A Princess of Romania
- SFsite.com review of The Tourmaline
- theArgonauts.info review of The Tourmaline