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 where 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 also designed, built, and installed the Virginia C. Piper Creative Writing Center's Time Capsule, which is not to be opened until 2103. He has taught authors as diverse as Thomas Pynchon, John D. MacDonald, Elmore Leonard, Carlos Castenada, Ezra Pound, and John O'Hara.
The Alejandra Variations
On The Rim Of The Mandala
Fortress On The Sun
The Engines Of Dawn
The Karma Kommandos
Paul Cook has also published short stories in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction, and Amazing Science Fiction.
He has also published more than 150 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 ClassicsToday.com and MusicWeb-International.com. He now writes classical music reviews exclusively for The American Record Guide. He has written extensively on the music of Shostakovich, Hindemith, Stravinsky, and Prokofieff.
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 Classics 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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When the last great war came, a small group of survivors hid themselves below the fields of Kansas and, over time, became Duendes, ghost-like beings, never having seen real light or knowing anything of the conditions of the world beyond their underground enclosure. Six hundred years have passed since the war and now some Duendes want to leave the safety of their habitat and finally go “above.”
The mysterious alien artifact called the Halo came quietly and mysteriously and sowed the earth with seeds that threatened to destroy humanity by destroying human souls. Paul Cook provides a powerful, visionary and scary look into our future and a possible encounter with an alien species almost impossible to beat.
On the Rim of the Mandala
The universe is being threatened by genetically designed creatures called calibans. And the only thing between them and the destruction of the worlds of the Mandala is Lou Colleran.
Music can be many things, but when it is used as a medium to spread a deadly virus that transports listeners to a deadly world of dreams, it threatens the future of humanity itself. ... But not everyone is susceptible to the deadly virus and there is a group of "stalkers" who are immune to its effects.
The Alejandra Variations
Nicholas Tejada is dreamer having his dreams harvested by Mnemos Nine—a computer used in a top-secret government project. But where do the dreams end and reality begin? And what is the ultimate goal of Project Foresee?
Chuckle has just hit the streets of 21st century L.A. with devastating results. A member of L.A.P.D's Protean Set—special detectives who can change their appearances—Rory Koestler sets out after Bob Thermopylae, L.A.'s main dealer in Chuckle. Problem is, someone else is after him as well—assassins who step out of walls or just appear out of nowhere.
Fortress on the Sun
Ra is a 21st century prison camp that also acts as facility for harvesting metals—from the Sun. The prisoners have all been banished here for extreme crimes, but none of them remember anything from their past.
The Engines of Dawn
The great engines of the Enamorati have enabled humanity to travel the stars, but at what cost? Little is known of the jealously guarded engines while a complacent humanity slowly loses its edge and becomes increasingly dependent on mysterious alien technologies.