Currently a visiting professor for the low-residency MFA in creative writing at Western Colorado University ande co-founder and director of the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing, Rick Wilber has penned more than fifty science-fiction short stories, several college textbooks, including Magazine Feature Writing (1994), The Writer’s Handbook for Editing & Revision (1996), Modern Media Writing (2002 with Randy Miller), and Media Matters (2017). Among his acclaimed novels are The Cold Road (2003), Rum Point (2009), and the S’hudonni series [Alien Morning (2016) and Alien Day (2021)]. His stories “Something Real” won the 2013 Sidewise Award and “The Secret City” is a 2018 Sidewise Award finalist. His short fiction has been collected in Where Garagiola Waits and Other Baseball Stories (1999), To Leuchars (2000), The Moe Berg Episodes (2018), Rambunctious: Nine Tales of Determination (2020), and The Wandering Warriors (2020 with Alan Smale).
Wilber edited the five anthologies Subtropical Speculations: Anthology of Florida Science Fiction (1991 with Richard Mathews), FUTURE MEDIA (2011), Field Of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of The Strange and Supernatural (2014), and Making History: Classic Alternate History Stories (2019). His book length memoir about his dad, baseball player Del Wilber, My Father’s Game: Life, Death, Baseball (2007) garnered notices from a diversity of people including Peter Golenbock, Peter Straub, and Bill Plaschke.
All of us at Tachyon wish Rick a happy birthday! Hope you get a hit! It is your birthday after all.