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Rick Wilber
St. Petersburg, Florida
Novelist, writing professor, 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 really pleased to have a chance to talk with Ed and Lee at the Rare Book Cafe the other day. We talked about science fiction in general, my new ALIEN DAY novel in particular, but also about my fictional take on famous World War II baseball player and... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I had a great interview the other day with Risingshadow.net, a top Science Fiction and Fantasy website, about my ALIEN DAY novel and also about my background in sports and fiction, my teaching at Western Colorado University, my short fiction in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, and much more. Here's the... Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at Rick Wilber's Blog
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Reviewer Ernest Lilley for Amazing Stories gives my Alien Day novel a great review and includes it in his short list of "Science Fiction to Look for in June 2021." Lilley is one of the first reviewers I've seen to focus on one of the overriding plot elements in this... Continue reading
Posted Jun 8, 2021 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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Along with Twoclicks and all the rest of the characters in ALIEN DAY, I hope you’ll enjoy the wry and often darkly comic tone of this novel, and that you’ll find the book's gender-bending frolics (subtly handled, I’d like to think) as entertaining as the intense action scenes. This book... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2021 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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My new novel Alien Day is all about sibling rivalries, both human and alien. I write about Alien Day and Alien Morning (the first book in the series) in this post for the Tor/Forge blog, and then I mention some other classic science-fiction sibling stories and bring you up to... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2021 at Rick Wilber's Blog
I'm very happy to report that the new issue of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine (May/June 2021) features the story, "Tin Man," by Rick Wilber and Brad Aiken. That's the second time Brad and I have collaborated on a story for Asimov's. The story, seen through the lens of baseball, is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at Rick Wilber's Blog
And here's an update. Tbe Prologue and Chapter One of Alien Day are now available for a free read on the Tor/Forge Blog. Here's the link: https://www.torforgeblog.com/category/excerpts/
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Here's a teaser for you, the first chapter of my novel, Alien Day (Tor Books), coming out June 1 and available now for pre-pub sales on all the usual online bookstores. The novel is the sequel to 2016's Alien Morning, which was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2021 at Rick Wilber's Blog
I had a great time co-authoring this new novelette, "The Hind," with Kevin J. Anderson. Incredibly, for Kevin it was his first sale to Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. https://twitter.com/TheKJA/status/1326596986384994304?s=20 https://twitter.com/WilberSFWriter/status/1327230601846468609?s=20 Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2020 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I'm really pleased to see this great cover for Alien Day, which is in production and will be out on June 1, 2021 from Tor Books. The novel is the sequel to my Alien Morning novel (Tor 2016), which was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2020 at Rick Wilber's Blog
Like Kevin J. Anderson says below, when you're stuck at home you can at least let your imagination roam with this new SF Storybundle. Follow the link and name your own price! Yep, my new Rambunctious short-story collection is included. Kevin J. Anderson 2 hrs Why be stuck at home,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2020 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I'm really pleased to announce that today, Wednesday, March 25th 2020, is the launch day for my short-story collection, Rambunctious: Nine Tales of Determination, from WordFire Press. Pre-publication reviews and comments have been glowing and I'll paste some of those in below. The book gathers together nine of my personal... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2020 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I woke up this first day of March in 2020 to a long and extremely perceptive Locus Magazine review of my Rambunctious: Nine Tales of Determination collection from WordFire Press. The book will be out in a few weeks and I'll be posting material from it and about it over... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2020 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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My new short-story collection, Rambunctious: Nine Tales of Determination will be out in spring 2020 in hardcover and other formats in spring 2020 from WordFire Press. The stories are some of my favorites, ranging from alternate history to science fiction to various kinds of fantasy, with women overcoming adversity to... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2019 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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"The Secret City," my story from the September/October 2018 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, has been named a finalist for the Sidewise Award, which each year honors the best alternate-history stories in both Short Form and Long Form. I'm delighted to be shortlisted for this great award! The story... Continue reading
Posted Aug 19, 2019 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I'm delighted to report that I am the editor of a reprint anthology, MAKING HISTORY: CLASSIC ALTERNATE HISTORY STORIES, that is now out in ebook form from New Word City publishers. A print edition will follow in a few weeks. I am the editor. Many of the stories were award... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2019 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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The Moe Berg Episodes: Alternate Histories of the Ballplayer and Spy, is available now in the Kindle store on Amazon and at other digital bookstores. The book reprints, in order of their appearance in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, my four alternate history stori es featuring a fictional version of the... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2018 at Rick Wilber's Blog
I don't pay any attention to reviews except, when, like, you know, I do. So I'll admit to being pleased when a reviewer seems to find the same sweet spot in reading the story that I found when I writing it. In this case, over the past two or three... Continue reading
Posted Sep 1, 2018 at Rick Wilber's Blog
I'm delighted to see my "The Secret City" novella out in the September/October 2018 issue of Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. It's my fourth alternate-history/Moe Berg story. All four have appeared in Asimov's, and they'll be out as an ebook with a print edition sometime this fall. In the Asimov's website... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2018 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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About the most pure fun I've had in writing in many years came from working with writer Alan Smale to create "The Wandering Warriors," a novella that was the cover story for the May/June 2018 Asimov's Science Fiction magazine, and will be out on its own as a short ebook... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2018 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I'm delighted to report that a new edition of my novel, The Cold Road, from New Word City, Inc., is now available in ebook form on Amazon and elsewhere. In The Cold Road, young Melissa O'Malley has inherited a strange obeah sensitivity from her Jamaican mother and grandmother, and it... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2017 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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I'm delighted to report that Alien Morning (Tor Books, 2016), has been named a Finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2016. You can read about the award and see the list of finalists here: http://www.sfcenter.ku.edu/campbell-finalists.htm . Frankly, it's a great list and I'm... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2017 at Rick Wilber's Blog
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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