Paul Michael Privateer was born in New York, served in the United States Air Force, and has studied literature, media, and science and information technology. His books include Romantic Voices and Inventing Intelligence, and many of his journal articles deal with the cultural and political effects of cyberspace, digital technology, and corporate media. Paul has taught at San Jose State, the University of Southern Mississippi, Georgia Institute of Technology and Arizona State University. The University of Geneva, Stanford, and MIT offered him a Fulbright and visiting professorships. He has appeared in the New York Times and on CNN, PBS, ABC, NPR, and BBC4 given his research on education reform and the digital-algorithmatic future.
His fiction focuses on the most basic aspects of being human: love, passion, fidelity, identity, taboos, social alienation, insecurity and death. His future two works, A Woman in Love and The Nightmare collector explore the limits of hyperreal minimalism, the style striking a balance between mindless excess and mindless consumption–“Getting and spending, We lay waste our power. Little do we see in nature that is ours.” William Wordsworth.
His fiction is always about fiction. His recent novel, The Oracle Virus, pays sometimes subtle homage to McFarlane, Shakespeare, Hugo, Dickens, Woolf, Kafka, Hardy, Melville, Camus, Steinbeck, Beckett, Borges, Dick, Auster, Angelou, Ellison, Roth, Gibson and many others whose influences ultimately make fiction writing a ritual gathering of ghosts. This respect began with his favorite childhood game: Authors.
He wants to kayak, likes trekking Puget Sound islands and the Olympic Peninsula with Nell, a curious but cautiously social black lab. She doesn’t smell everyone’s hand.