Rick Wilber

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Richard Arnold Wilber
Born 1948
Occupation editor, short story writer, poet
Nationality United States
Genre Science fiction, fantasy

Rick Wilber is an American author, poet, and editor. He has published more than thirty-five short stories in magazines such as Aboriginal SF, Analog, Asimov's Science Fiction, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Pulphouse, and SF Age; and in anthologies such as Alien Sex and Chrysalis. In addition to his short stories, he has written the novels Rum Point and The Cold Road, as well as a memoir, My Father's Game: Life, Death, Baseball, and several textbooks, including Modern Media Writing and Magazine Feature Writing.

Wilber is the editor of anthologies including Subtropical Speculations: An Anthology of Florida Science Fiction (1991) and Future Media (2011).[1] His short story "Something Real" won the 2013 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, Short Form.[2]

He currently lives in Florida where he teaches Mass Communications at the University of South Florida.[3]

Wilber's father was baseball player Del Wilber, which has influenced much of his writing, both fictional ("Where Garagiola Waits") and non-fictional (My Father's Game).

Bibliography[edit]

Short fiction[edit]

  • Horatio Hornblower and the Songs of Innocence (1980) (as Richard Wilber)
  • Thinking of Romance (1981)
  • Waiting for the Call (1982)
  • Suffer the Children (1988)
  • Mary Alice Blue Eyes (1989)
  • War Bride (1990)
  • Helmet (1991)
  • Greggie's Cup (1992)
  • Calculating Love (1992)
  • Ice Covers the Hole (1992)
  • Being Ernest (1993)
  • With Twoclicks Watching (1993)
  • A Falling Out (1993)
  • Bridging (1994)
  • Hope as an Element of Cold Dark Matter (1994)
  • American Jokes (1994)
  • With White Deer Gone (1994)
  • Elements of Self-Destruction (1995)
  • Virolec and the Beast (1995)
  • Hope As an Element of Cold, Dark Matter (1995)
  • Mounting the Monkeys (1995)
  • Swimming with Gort (1995)
  • Run Down West (1996)
  • The Babe, the Iron Horse, and Mr. McGillicuddy (1997) with Ben Bova
  • Where Garagiola Waits (1997)
  • Straight Changes (1998)
  • In Boise (1999)
  • Imagine Jimmy (1999)
  • In Boise (2000)
  • Stephen to Cora to Joe, or, the Truth As I Know It, or, Shifty Paradigms: The Use of Literary Icons and Sports Motifs in Speculative Fiction (2000)
  • Seven Sisters (2000)
  • To Leuchars (2000)
  • Arribada (2000)
  • Blind Spot (2010) with Nicholas A. DiChario
  • Several Items of Interest (2010)
  • Something Real (2012)

Collections[edit]

  • Where Garagiola Waits, and Other Baseball Stories (1999)
  • To Leuchars (2003)

Novels[edit]

  • Rum Point (2009)
  • The Cold Road (2003)

Poetry[edit]

  • The Impaler in Love (1991)
  • A Falling Out (1993)
  • The Murderer Explains (1994)
  • Deposed, He Remembers Her on the Morning of His Death (1995)
  • Following Her Divorce (1995)
  • Metaphysics at the Planetarium (1995)
  • Homer (1997)

Nonfiction[edit]

  • Subtropical Speculations: An Anthology of Florida Science Fiction (Richard Mathews and Rick Wilber, 1991)
  • Magazine Feature Writing (1994)
  • The Writer's Handbook for Editing & Revision (Aug 1996)
  • Modern Media Writing (by Rick Wilber and Randy Miller, 2002)
  • My Father's Game: Life, Death, Baseball (November 12, 2007)
  • Future Media (2011, published by Tachyon Publications.)
  • Media Matters (forthcoming)

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