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Rick Cook

(1944- )
Rick Cook is a light fantasy author from the United States, best known for his Wizardry series of books. His writing includes many jokes that are hard to appreciate without having a background in systems-level programming, though the books themselves can easily be enjoyed by readers without such a background. Here’s Rick Cook’s blog.

Wizardry

Wizardry — (1989-1996) Due to Rick Cook’s health problems, the final volume, The Wizardry Capitalized will be published online. Wizard’s Bane and The Wizardry Compiled are available as free e-books at The Baen Library.

Publisher: What do you get when a computer geek crosses a wizard? Answer: A very angry wizard — and a computer geek in a lot of trouble. Spells are a lot like computer programs: they’re both formulas, recipes for getting things done. And they both can be buggy. The spell that called master hacker ‘Wiz’ Zumwalt to the world of the Black League was very buggy. The wizard who called him is dead, Wiz is magically in love with a red — headed witch, who despises him, and no one — not the elves, not the dwarves, not even the dragons — can figure out what this computer wiz is good for. Oh, yes. The entire Black League wants Wiz dead — he might be good for something after all — and they’ll stop at nothing to get what they want.

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Omnibus editions of the first four novels:
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Wizard’s Bane: A lot of fun

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Wizard's Bane by Rick Cook

In a world where magic is commonplace, what use is an expert-level computer programmer like Wiz Zamult? The only person who knew the answer was the great wizard Patrius, but bringing Wiz to this medieval world cost Patrius his life. Moria, a beautiful red-headed hitch witch, is tasked to be Wiz’s caretaker. However, Moria dislikes Wiz as much as he is infatuated with her. Somehow, this helpless stranger is the key to stopping the federation of evil wizards called the Dark League.

Wizard’s Bane is not the kind of book I would’ve picked up on my own. However, as a fun challenge, it was chosen for me by someone whose literary opinion I’ve come to value highly. Plus it didn’t hurt that the eBook version is free from Baen Books as part of their most awesome answer t... Read More

More speculative fiction by Rick Cook

Rick Cook Limbo System

Limbo System — (1989) Publisher: When an Earth ship enters a star system that should have been devoid of life, the crew discovers millions of aliens living in small space habitats. And if these strange creatures manage to steal Earth’s faster-than-light drive technology, they will make Machiavelli look like a kindergartner.fantasy and science fiction book reviews


Mall Purchase Night — (1993) Publisher: When Andy Westin became a security guard at Black Oak Mall, he had no idea what he was getting into. For it seems that this particular mall was built on an elven power source — a gateway between Elfland and Earth — making it a source of apocalyptic conflict.