Rick Wilber's novel Alien Morning (Tor, 2016) was a Locus Recommended Read for 2016. The Tampa Bay Times said it offered “An engaging blend of humor, skepticism and wonder, and the futuristic elements of the story sound in many cases all too probable.” Alien Day, the second novel in the trilogy, will be out in February 2018.
Rick is the editor of the anthology Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural (Night Shade/Skyhorse, 2014), which reprints classic stories from a wide range of writers, from Karen Joy Fowler to Jack Kerouac. He also edited the anthology Future Media (Tachyon, 2011), which featured reprints of essays and short stories about the mass media.
His novelette “Dublin, Fair City,” which will be in the November/December issue of Asimov’s, is the third in a series of alternate-history stories about Moe Berg, famous World War II baseball player and spy. “Something Real,” the first of those stories, won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History – Short Form in 2012.
Rick has had some fifty short stories, novelettes, or novellas published in a variety of magazines and anthologies, though Asimov’s Science Fiction is where his shorter work is most often found. He is also the author of the novels Rum Point (McFarland, 2009) and The Cold Road (Tor, 2003), as well as a memoir, My Father’s Game: Life, Death, Baseball (McFarland, 2007), which talks about the caregiving role and about his father’s career in baseball. He has published two collections, Where Garagiola Waits (University of Tampa Press, 1999) and To Leuchars (Wildside, 2000), and a half-dozen college textbooks on mass media, writing, and editing, including 2017’s Media Matters (Kendall Hunt).
After a forty-year career as a college professor, Rick is now a full-time writer and editor. He is co-founder and co-judge, with Asimov’s editor Sheila Williams, of the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing. He lives in Florida.