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Most recently, Rick is the editor of the anthology, Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural (Night Shade/Skyhorse, 2014) which will be out in hardcover in October of 2014. The anthology explores the influence of baseball on the fantastic, and includes classic reprints from writers like Karen Joy Fowler, Stephen King and Stewart O’Nan, Kim Stanley Robinson, Jack Kerouac, Ray Bradbury, Robert Coover, W.P. Kinsella, Valerie Sayers, T. Coraghessan Boyle, Rod Serling, Cecilia Tan, Gardner Dozois, John Kessel, Louise Marley, Bruce McAllister, Ron Carlson, Harry Turtledove, Edo van Belkom, Jacob Weisman and David Sandner and others.
Also, Rick has a new baseball-themed short story, “Scouting Report,” that came out in the September 2014 issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, where most of his short fiction appears.
Rick continues to work on a series of alternate-history stories about famous World War II baseball player and spy, Moe Berg. The stories have been appearing in Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine and include the novelettes “At Palomar” and “Something Real,” which won the 2012 Sidewise Award for Alternate History. A third story, “Alternating Currents,” is in progress and a fourth is planned.
Rick edited the anthology, “Future Media” (Tachyon, 2011) which made the Best Non-Fiction Books of 2011 list from Popmatters.com and was called “One of the most impressive anthologies of recent times” by SF Site reviewer Seamus Sweeney. The book reprints essays and short fiction by Ray Bradbury, Kit Reed, Henry Jenkins, Marshall McLuhan, Gregory Benford, James Tiptree Jr., James Patrick Kelly, Joe Haldeman, Robert Sheckley and many more.
Rick’s novel, Arrival (Tor, forthcoming), is the first book of a trilogy that stems from Rick’s long-running S’hudonni Mercantile Empire series of stories, most of which first appeared in Asimov’s.
Rick’s previous novels include the 2003 thriller, The Cold Road (Tor), and 2009’s murder mystery, Rum Point (McFarland), which was named Best Sports Novel – Baseball, by Paparazzi Press. His short-story and essay collections include 2009’s Where Garagiola Waits (University of Tampa Press) and To Leuchars (Wildside, 2000).
Rick is the author of some fifty published short stories, novelettes or novellas in Asimov’s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Analog, Gulf Stream Review, and others. He also writes college textbooks on writing and mass-media studies, including Magazine Feature Writing (St. Martin’s), Modern Media Writing (Wadsworth), The Writer’s Handbook for Editing and Revision (NTC), and Media Matters (Kendall Hunt, forthcoming).
Rick is a longtime journalism and mass-media professor at the University of South Florida, where he recently moved the English Department and expects to be teaching courses in science-fiction and fantasy writing, creative non-fiction, editing and others.
Rick frequently takes part in workshops, panels, readings and presentations around the country, often talking about baseball and literature, about science fiction and fantasy, about the mass media, about writing and editing, and about teaching. He is administrator, co-founder and co-judge with Sheila Williams, editor of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, for the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing.
He has been married for more than thirty years to Robin Wilber, a finance professor at St. Petersburg College. Their daughter, Samantha, is a graduate student at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Rick’s son, Richard Jr., is an independently minded special needs young man who lives near the Wilber home in St. Petersburg, Florida.
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