Works chronologically

Making History

Classic Alternate History Stories

A dazzling display of history as it might have been, this impressive array of award-winning writers explore the histories that never were, from Ancient Rome to Imperial China and much, much more. The book features classic alternate-history stories by Karen Joy Fowler, Kathleen Goonan, Gregory Benford, Nisi Shawl, Harry Turtledove, Michael Bishop, Lisa Goldstein, Alan Smale, Louise Marley, Maureen McHugh, Michaela Roessner, Rich Larson, Sheila Finch, Ben Loory, Walter Jon Williams, Nicholas DiChario, Michael Swanwick and Eileen Gunn, and editor Rick Wilber.

Alien Day

Set on a near-future Earth and on the alien homeworld of S’hudon, Alien Day explores murderous sibling rivalries, old-school mercantile colonialism, ambition, greed, and the saving strength that can emerge from reluctant heroes called to do the right thing despite the odds.

The Wandering Warriors

by Alan Smale and Rick Wilber

Two award-winning writers take us on a romp through time, space and Ancient Rome as The Wandering Warriors tells the alternate-history story of a 1940s barnstorming baseball team that’s led by a fictional version of retired baseball player and spy Moe Berg and finds itself transported from rural Illinois to Ancient Rome in 210 AD, just after the death of famous emperor Septimius Severus.

The Moe Berg Episodes

Award-winning author Rick Wilber’s fictional versions of famous baseball player and World War II spy Moe Berg have been entertaining readers of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine for years. In this collection of alternate-history stories, Wilber’s fictional Moe Berg puts down his ball and bat and goes to work for a mysterious superspy woman as they work to save America from a German atom bomb.

Media Matters

This innovative ebook is in production from Kendall Hunt and should be available for Fall 2017. It’s an introductory textbook for students interested in mass communications and for instructors interested in teaching students the history, current structure, and possible futures for the mass media. The book has chapters on books, newspapers and magazines, television, film, social media, libel law and ethics, media effects, journalism, public relations, advertising and more. A website for the book offers live links to updates and samples of content from television and film clips to sound bites to historic books in digital form and much more. The textbook’s goal is to inform the students and help them become media-literate, critical consumers of the media.

Alien Morning

Peter Holman is a freelance sweeper. The year 2030 sees a new era in social media. Sweepcasting, a multisensory interface that can convey every thought, touch, smell, sight, and sound, can immerse the audience in another person’s experience.

By fate, chance, or some darker design, Peter is perfectly positioned to be the one human to document the arrival of the aliens, the S’hudonni.

Field of Fantasies

Baseball Tales of the Strange and Supernatural
  1. Rick Wilber, Introduction
  2. Stephen King and Stewart O‘Nan, “A Face in the Crowd”
  3. Karen Joy Fowler, “The Further Adventures of the Invisible Man”
  4. T. Coraghessan Boyle, “The Hector Quesadilla Story”
  5. Kim Stanley Robinson, “Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Mars”
  6. Jack Kerouac, “Ronnie on the Mound”
  7. Wilbur Schramm, “My Kingdom for Jones”
  8. Louise Marley, “Diamond Girls”
  9. Valerie Sayers, “How to Read a Man”
  10. Gardner Dozois, “The Hanging Curve”
  11. John Kessel, “The Franchise”

Modern Media Writing

Modern Media Writing, co-authored with Dr. Randy Miller, a colleague of Rick’s at the University of South Florida, is a college textbook for beginning media writers in Mass Communications and Journalism departments. The authors are at work on a new edition of the popular textbook.

Something Real

Moe Berg Mysteries Book 1

A few years ago my friend Ben Bova, one of the most honored writers in science fiction and a very knowledgeable baseball fan, proposed that we work together on a fictional retelling of the famous baseball player and spy Moe Berg. Ben had a movie in mind and we worked up a screen treatment that prompted some interest in Hollywood. Ultimately, that came to nothing; but it did get me started thinking about Berg, one of the more interesting personalities to ever play baseball.

Future Media

One of Rick’s latest books is an anthology he has edited for Tachyon Publishing. The anthology gave Rick a chance to combine his two major writing and teaching interests: science fiction and the mass media.

Rum Point

A Baseball Novel

Set on the gulf coast of Florida and the Cayman Islands, this novel provides a unique blend of modern mystery thriller and baseball narrative. It tells the story of Felicity Lindsay, a small-town police officer who finds a battered murder victim on the beach. Her curiosity about the crime eventually leads Felicity and her father, the alcoholic manager of the local major-league baseball team, into a deadly confrontation with a drug cartel.

My Father’s Game

Life, Death, Baseball

During his long baseball career, Del Wilber caught for the Red Sox, Cardinals and Phillies; managed 6 minor league teams; scouted for 4 major league clubs; and served as third base coach for the Senators. Written by his son, Rick, this elegant biographical memoir recounts Del Wilber’s life from the unique perspective of a son who grew up in major league dugouts, experienced the joys and hardships that go along with having a big-league dad, and served as his father’s family caregiver as he became terminally ill.

The Cold Road

Cold ... cold is all Melissa O’Malley feels, growing up in the frigid expanses of rural Minnesota. The one thing keeping her warm is the obeah talent she has inherited from her island mother, who mysteriously left when Melissa was only five. Bright, beautiful, athletic, and extremely talented, Melissa is raised by her father, Melchior, and discovers her obeah when her father brings home a deer carcass. Upon touching the deer, Melissa, in a moment of electric clarity, experiences the deer's final moments before death.

To Leuchars

Rick’s novel To Leuchars (Wildside, 2000), which gathered together a novel’s worth of his previously published S’hudonni stories, was called a “minor masterpiece” on SFSite.com.

Peter Holman would become a central figure in a power struggle of Galactic proportions, a man whose fate dictated the fates of worlds. And in the end he’ll pay a price for his ambition that no man could bear to pay.

Magazine Feature Writing

Magazine Feature Writing has been a standard college textbook for students interested in writing for magazines since it first came out in 1994. The book is currently out of print and Rick hopes to write a new edition sometime soon. The book is available through Amazon and other online booksellers.

Subtropical Speculations

Anthology of Florida Science Fiction (with Richard Mathews)

Florida has been home to a large number of science fiction’s brightest stars over the years, and their work has often included the state as an integral part of the setting. Editors Wilber and Mathews have selected 16 stories, including new stories as well as classics, ranging from comic glimpses of alien lifestyles to dystopian images of our future, and from science fiction and fantasy to the literary mainstream.