Author: Paul Cook

Science Anomalies: Books to Think About for Science Fiction Readers

Science Anomalies: Books to Think About for Science Fiction Readers

The theory is still a theory, but it suggests that life may have started very early on the earth (and now possibly on Mars because it, too, had ancient volcanoes), and it says that life is constantly being created way down deep in the earth. Or on an... Read More »

The Tom Swift Jr. Series

The Tom Swift Jr. Series

The Tom Swift Jr. books had great, evocative covers, quite pulp-like, and were quick reads. Read More »

When Science Fiction is Not Science Fiction

When Science Fiction is Not Science Fiction

s\Some writers who might have started off in science fiction soon reveal their true selves when they start publishing what they really want to write about. Read More »

The Outsider: A New Science Fiction Award

The Outsider: A New Science Fiction Award

We all know that “mainstream” writers have, for years, been writing borderline science fiction stories and novels, using all kinds of tropes and conceits that any reader of science fiction would recognize as belonging to hard-core science fiction. Read More »

The Winston Science Fiction Series

The Winston Science Fiction Series

Paul Cook looks back at an early science fiction influence - the Winston Science Fiction Series. Read More »

Sexual Harassment at Science Conventions: Who Let the Dogs Out?

Sexual Harassment at Science Conventions: Who Let the Dogs Out?

This is partially in response to K. Ceres Wright’s recent blog entry, “Having a Sexual Harassment Policy is not Enough”, but from an entirely different angle. I think that what’s happening at science fiction conventions (the rise in sexual assaults, ... Read More »

First Contact: First Interests in Science Fiction

Recently a thread passed around on Facebook asked various writers what books mattered to them most when they were young, starting out with an interest in science fiction. One writer said she was reading all kinds of girls’ books in the school librar... Read More »

Book Review: Lord of the Trees and The Mad Goblin by Philip José Farm

Book Review: Lord of the Trees and The Mad Goblin by Philip José Farm

Lord of the Trees by Philip José Farmer Titan Books – Reprint 2012 ISBN-13: 978-1781162934 (Trade paperback) The Mad Goblin by Philip José Farmer Titan Books – Reprint 2013 ISBN-13: 978-1781162996 (Trade paperback)   Titan Books ha... Read More »

Three Doc Savage Movies

Three Doc Savage Movies

Rumor has it that Shane Black is writing a script for a Doc Savage movie that may come out in 2015. It has a good chance of introducing the greatest of pulp action heroes to a new generation of fans who, whether they know it or not, have already see... Read More »

Our Ansible is Missing – Intellectual Property Theft in Science Fiction

Our Ansible is Missing – Intellectual Property Theft in Science Fiction

In 1985, Orson Scott Card published Ender’s Game, a book that relied heavily on the use of a faster-than-light communication system called the Ansible. Card needed the Ansible (or something like it) because through this faster-than-light communicati... Read More »

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