Richard Paolinelli

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A native of Turlock, California, Richard Paolinelli began his writing career as a freelance writer in 1984 and gained his first fiction credit serving as the lead writer for the first two issues of the Elite Comics sci-fi/fantasy series, Seadragon. His sports writing career spans stops at the Gallup Independent, Modesto Bee, Turlock Journal, Merced Sun-Star, Tracy Press, San Mateo County Times and the San Francisco Examiner. He won the 2001 California Newspaper Publishers Association award for Best Sports Story while at the Turlock Journal.

In 2010, Richard retired as a sportswriter and decided to return to his fiction writing roots. He released two short stories – The Invited and Legacy of Death – as well as a full-length sci-fi novel, Maelstrom. In 2015, Richard completed nearly two years of research and interviews and published, From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, California. One month later, the first book of the Jack Del Rio series, Reservations, was published by Oak Tree Press.

In 2016, Richard was one of a dozen authors selected to participate in, Beyond Watson, an anthology of original Sherlock Holmes stories and was one of 20 writers involved in a second Holmes Anthology, Holmes Away From Home, released in December. Perfection’s Arbiter, a biography of National League Umpire, Babe Pinelli, was released on October 8th. W & B Books acquired the Jack Del Rio series and released the second book, Betrayals, in November.

In January of 2017, Richard returned to his science fiction roots with the release of the novel, Escaping Infinity, for which he has been named as a finalist for Best Sci-Fi Novel for the 2017 Dragon Awards. Escaping Infinity was awarded Honorable Mention in the Readers’ Favorite International Book Awards, 2nd place in the Blue Ribbon Book Cover Contest and Official Selection in the 2017 New Apple Summer E-Book Awards.

In the fall, having reacquired all of the rights to the Del series, Richard released the third and final Jack Del Rio book, Endgames, along with new editions of the first two novels.

A father of two with two grandchildren, Richard and his wife are avid sci-fi and horror fans.

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Escaping Infinity

Escaping Infinity

Thousands have checked into the Infinity Hotel over the years. None of them have ever checked out. More info →
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Holmes Away From Home, Adventures From the Great Hiatus Volume II: 1893-1894

Holmes Away From Home, Adventures From the Great Hiatus Volume II: 1893-1894

Sherlock Holmes! The very name of the world’s greatest detective conjures up images of Victorian London, gaslit streets, hansom cabs, and dense fogs. But there was a time, a dark three-year period, when London had to make do without Sherlock Holmes. From 1891 to 1894, he was presumed to be dead, having perished during the epic struggle with that infamous Napoleon of Crime, Professor Moriarty, atop the Reichenbach Falls. But unknown to most, even his friend Dr. Watson, Holmes survived. More info →
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Perfection’s Arbiter: The Story Of Babe Pinelli

Perfection’s Arbiter: The Story Of Babe Pinelli

On October 8, 1956, New York Yankees pitcher Don Larsen threw the only perfect game in World Series history against the Brooklyn Dodgers. But the story you have never heard, a story that, had it not happened the way it did, might have changed the very history of baseball is the story of the man in the mask and blue umpire suit standing behind the plate and Yankees catcher Yogi Berra. That man was Ralph "Babe" Pinelli. More info →
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From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, California

From The Fields: A History of Prep Football in Turlock, California

A narrative account of the near century of high school football played in Turlock, California - including stats, rosters, photographs and interviews with former players and coaches. Starting with the first team of 15 players from the 1920 Turlock High football team all the way through to the 2014 season. More info →
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Maelstrom

Maelstrom

Dr. Steven Collins has devoted his life to one cause: finding a way to prevent a catastrophic collision between Earth and an asteroid, like the one that killed off the dinosaurs millions of years ago. Collins spends years developing a shield—a device that uses the Earth’s own magnetic field—and finally reaches the point where he is ready to test it. But when Collins turns on his creation, he rips open a hole in time and space itself that hurls him forward in time, where he discovers to his horror that the device he created has caused the very global Armageddon he was trying to prevent. More info →
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The Invited

The Invited

When Duncan Sinclair dropped off a beacon outside of Earth's solar system inviting any alien species to drop by for a visit he had no idea if anyone would accept it. Now, years later, he must lead one last mission to try to save the planet from the one species that has. More info →
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Legacy Of Death: The Dyson’s Comet Killer

Legacy Of Death: The Dyson’s Comet Killer

Inspector Mackenzie Bolton is caught up in the worst string of serial murders San Francisco has ever seen and the price of bringing the killer to justice may be Bolton's very own soul. More info →
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Jack Del Rio: Complete Trilogy: Reservations, Betrayals, Endgames

Jack Del Rio: Complete Trilogy: Reservations, Betrayals, Endgames

All three books of the Jack Del Rio political mystery/thriller series in one volume. More info →
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