Rick Wilber is an award-winning writer, editor and teacher who has published five college textbooks on writing and the mass media, more than fifty short stories, several novels and short-story collections, and a memoir. He has edited three anthologies with another one now in production.
The Moe Berg Episodes: Alternate Histories of the Ballplayer and Spy, collects all four of his alternate-history stories about the famous baseball player who became a spy for the OSS in World War II. All of the stories appeared in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. "Something Real," the first of those stories, won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History -- Short Form in 2012. The fourth and (perhaps) final story, "The Secret City," appeared in the September/October 2018 issue of Asimov's.
Alien Morning, his recent novel for Tor Books, was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Story of the year in 2016, and is the first of a trilogy based on his long-running S'hudonni Empire series of stories, featuring a jovial but deadly alien name Twoclicks, his shape-changing sidekick, and an all-too human journalist from Earth, Peter Holman, a one-time professional athlete turned celebrity journo who goes to work for the S'hudonni as their media interface with Earth.
Media Matters, Rick's latest textbook for Kendall Hunt Publishing, is an introduction to the study of mass media that emerges from a forty-year career in college teaching and media work. He has, for much of that career, taught large lecture intro-to-media classes at various universities and colleges.
Rick is also notable as an award-winning and prolific writer in the field of baseball fantasy, with some some twenty baseball-themed stories published in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Elysian Fields Quarterly, Spitball and elsewhere. He is the editor of the anthology Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural (Night Shade/Skyhorse, 2014), featuring nearly two-dozen classic baseball fantasy stories by writers ranging from Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan to Karen Joy Fowler to W.P. Kinsella and many others.
Wilber's memoir, My Father's Game: Life, Death, Baseball, is about the caregiving role and about his father's career in baseball. Broad Street Review said it's a book "about the mythology of baseball ... written with fine observation and wry understatement, and may well become a classic in the literature."
Wilber lives in on the West Coast of Florida and that area's barrier islands have often figured into his stories and novels. He has been to Ireland more than two-dozen times, often for lengthy stays, and Ireland often appears often in his stories and novels.
Wilber is an assistant professor of creative writing in the low-residency MA/MFA genre fiction program at Western Colorado University. He is administrator and co-founder with Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, of the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing, awarded annually at the Conference on the Fantastic in Orlando, Florida. He is married and has two adult children.
Field of Fantasies
- Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural
- By: Rick Wilber
- Narrated by: Peter Berkrot, Aaron Abano, Eric Pollins, and others
- Length: 14 hrs and 45 mins
Of all the sports played across the globe, none has more curses, superstitions, or supernatural events like baseball, America's national pastime....
If you buy it, they will read it to you
- By Tony E. on 01-07-15
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