Glen Cook

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Glen Cook
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Cook at Utopiales in 2011
Born (1944-07-09) July 9, 1944 (age 76)
New York City, New York, United States
OccupationNovelist
NationalityAmerican
Period1970–present [1]
Genre Science fiction, fantasy
Notable works The Black Company

Glen Charles Cook (born July 9, 1944) [1] is an American writer of fantasy and science fiction, known for The Black Company and Garrett P.I. fantasy series.

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Biography

Cook was born in New York City. [1] Cook served in the United States Navy from 1962 to 1972 and specifically was attached, for a time, to the Marine Force Recon unit, 3rd Marine Battalion. [2] During his time attached to the Force Recon Unit, Cook participated in what he called, “practice combat,” and left active duty, “a month before [the unit] shipped out to Viet Nam. [3] ” He later worked his way through college. Cook began to write in earnest while working for General Motors at an auto assembly plant in a job which was "hard to learn, but [involved] almost no mental effort", writing as many as three books per year. [4]

Cook wrote The Black Company , a novel published by Tor Fantasy in May 1984. It began a gritty fantasy series of the same name (or Chronicles of the Black Company) [1] following an elite mercenary unit through several decades of its history. As of 2016, it comprises the novels published in three subseries 1984–85, 1989–90, and 1996–2000, plus recent short fiction. [1] It has become something of a cult classic, especially among current and former members of the military. When asked about the series' popularity among soldiers, Cook replied: "The characters act like the guys actually behave. It doesn't glorify war; it's just people getting on with the job. The characters are real soldiers. They're not soldiers as imagined by people who've never been in the service. That's why service guys like it." [5] Cook is also known for his Garrett P.I. series, which tells the haphazard adventures of hardboiled detective Garrett, and his Dread Empire series.[ citation needed ]

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<i>The Black Company</i>

The Black Company is a series of dark fantasy books written by American author Glen Cook. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black Company, through roughly forty years of its approximately four-hundred-year history.

<i>Dreams of Steel</i>

Dreams of Steel is the fifth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black Company, through roughly forty years of its approximately four hundred-year history.

<i>She Is the Darkness</i>

She Is The Darkness is the seventh novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit called The Black Company through forty years of its approximately four hundred year history.

<i>Water Sleeps</i>

Water Sleeps is the eighth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black Company, through roughly forty years of its approximately four hundred year history.

<i>Soldiers Live</i>

Soldiers Live is the ninth novel in Glen Cook's ongoing series, The Black Company. The series combines elements of epic fantasy and dark fantasy as it follows an elite mercenary unit, The Black Company, through roughly forty years of its approximately four hundred year history.

References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 "Glen Cook – Summary Bibliography". ISFDB. Retrieved August 2, 2014. Select a title to see its linked publication history and general information. Select a particular edition (title) for more data at that level, such as a front cover image or linked contents
  2. "Cook, Glen 1944– | Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
  3. "The SF Site: An Interview with Glen Cook". www.sfsite.com. Retrieved 2021-04-19.
  4. "The Glen Cook Interview" . Retrieved June 20, 2006.
  5. "Strange Horizons Interview" . Retrieved June 20, 2006.