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Rick Wilber
St. Petersburg, Florida
Novelist, editor, textbook author, short-story writer, essayist.
Interests: Writing, reading, editing, teaching, soccer, baseball, science fiction, thrillers, and more. rickwilber@tampabay.rr.com.
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I was very pleased to see another positive review of Alien Morning, this one in the San Jose Mercury News. And that same week the February issue of Locus magazine (a top industry magazine that keeps track of the science-fiction and fantasy fields) my Alien Morning novel made the Recommended... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2017 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I had a great time at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading, chatting about the book and reading a couple of short excerpts. Host Allan Smith did a great job of introducing me, and that's him on the left here, me on the right. Tampa Bay Times Book Editor... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at Rick Wilber's Blog
SF in SF today! I'm heading west to San Francisco, where I'm reading from Alien Morning and chatting about the book. I'm there with terrific writer Nick Mamatas. If you're in the area, stop by this evening. Here's the link: http://www.sfinsf.org/?p=2200 Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I had a great time at the Tampa Bay Times Festival of Reading in St. Pete, FL. Read some excerpts from Alien Morning and then talked about the book, and then over to the signing desk to sign some copies. Beautiful day, big crowds, great fun. Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I'm doing a Reddit AMA today, Nov. 11th, at noon, talking about the Alien Morning novel. Join us, and Ask Me Anything! Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2016 at Rick Wilber's Blog
Tor. com recently asked me to write a piece on the one book that changed my life. I knew which book to talk about instantly, Walter M. Miller's famous "A Canticle for Leibowitz," which won science fiction's Hugo Award for Best Novel in 1961. It changed my life -- or... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2016 at Rick Wilber's Blog
Here's a fun interview with blogger Marshal Zeringue. He wanted my thoughts on who I'd cast in the major roles of the movie version of my Alien Morning novel. I had some good fun thinking this through. Take a look and see what you think. http://mybookthemovie.blogspot.com/2016/11/rick-wilbers-alien-morning.html Wednesday, November 9, 2016... Continue reading
Posted Nov 9, 2016 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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Today is launch day for my Alien Morning novel. Check it out in your local independent bookstore, or online in the usual places. I could tell you all about it, but I think I'll let some of these top reviewers and famous writers do that, instead. Here are a few... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2016 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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Had a great interview the other day with blogger/writer Paul Semel, about my Alien Morning novel. This interview covers a lot of ground, from what about the book's movie possibilities to where did those aliens come from? This interview gave me a chance to talk a little bit about what... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Rick Wilber's Blog
This is launch week for my new novel, Alien Morning, and to kick off the week here's a story from writing colleague and pal Lawrence Schoen about traveling through Ireland with my wife, our good friends Gay and Joe Haldeman, and a group of students we had with us. Joe... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2016 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I'm delighted to report that my new novel, Alien Morning, is scheduled for publication on November 8th, 2016. The novel, published by Tor Books, is the first of a trilogy, and while I've been copy-editing proofs and working with the fine promotional staff at Tor to nail down some book... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at Rick Wilber's Blog
Miy "Walking to Boston" novelette in the October/November issues of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine got a nice review from Locus Online (one of the top review sites). Reviewer Lois Tilton gave it a Recommended (the only Recommended she gave for this particular round of reviews) and said "Wilber is a... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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My novelette, "Walking to Boston," is in the current Oct/Nov issue of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. The story is in conversation with a story I published nearly 15 years ago, "Where Garagiola Waits" where a woman suffering from Alzheimer's is able to manipulate time and, apparently, space to give her... Continue reading
Posted Sep 14, 2015 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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If you've been waiting for the Big Sale on the Kindle edition of the Field of Fantasies anthology, this is your moment. Starting today the Kindle edition is on sale for $1.99. Reprints of great stories by Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan, Karen Joy Fowler, Jack Kerouac (!), Rod Serling,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2015 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I read "Red Planet Blues" this week (at last), from pal Robert J. Sawyer, and thought it was a great blend of hard-boiled private eye murder and mayhem with classic near-future Martian hard sf. It has its own sort of Maltese Falcon to fret over, plenty of violence and suspense,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Fifty Fives
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I've become a Stewart O'Nan fan! Who knew? I really hadn't read any of his work until I acquired O'Nan and Stephen King's story, "A Face in the Crowd," for my Field of Fantasies anthology. Curious, I read "West of Sunset" and was wowed by it. It's a novelization of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2015 at Fifty Fives
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My anthology, Field of Fantasies (Night Shade/Skyhorse), has garnered some great reviews. Chicago Tribune reviewer Gary Wolfe included it in his science fiction roundup, along with new work by Paolo Bacigalupi and Jonathan Carroll. It was great to be in that kind of company since I'm a major admirer of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Rick Wilber's Blog
I'm happy to report that Asimov's Science Fiction magazine editor Sheila Williams has bought my novelette "Walking to Boston" for her October, 2015 issue. The story is about a woman sliding into Alzheimer's and struggling to remember her past as her husband takes her on a long drive from St.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2015 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I've received my contributor copies and my regular subscriber copy of the September issue of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, which has my short story, "Scouting Report" in it. I'll paste in the magazine cover. The story offers a fresh take on the classic deal-with-the-devil story, and references both the famous... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2014 at Rick Wilber's Blog
I'm happy to report that my short story, "Scouting Report," will be out in the September 2014 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. The story follows a young phenom baseball player in Puerto Rico, the ambitious scout who finds him, and an alien who loves the game of baseball. Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I've spent the last few months gathering some great fiction for the anthology, FIELD OF FANTASIES: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural (Night Shade/Skyhorse). The anthology collects classic short fiction (and one poem) that features baseball and the fantastic. It turns out there are many great mainstream and genre... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2014 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I'm delighted to report that my novelette "Something Real" is available in Amazon's Kindle store. It's the first of a series of alternate-history stories featuring baseball player/spy Moe Berg (or at least my alternate history version of Moe). This novelette won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History-Short Form at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I'm delighted to report that my novelette in the April/May 2012 issue of Asimov's SF magazine, "Something Real," won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History-Short Form. I found out on Saturday, Aug. 31st, at a ceremony at LoneStarCon 3, the World Science Fiction convention, held in San Antonio. When... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I'm delighted to report that my novelette "Something Real" has been nominated for the Sidewise Award for Alternate History. The Sidewise judges nominate in both short-form (fewer than 60,000 words) and long-form (longer than 60,000 words) and "Something Real" is one of the five short-form stories to make finals. I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2013 at Rick Wilber's Blog
Thanks, Mattmags, for the comment. At the moment I'm working on the third Moe Berg story, set in Vienna and Venice. Sometime soon I'll have enough of these together to collect them and, perhaps, publish them as a full story. Read in order they should take Moe through to a conclusion where he finally finds out what -really- matters. A separate novel, too, perhaps? Hmmm.