Richard Wilbur, Ed.D.: Summer 2018 FGCU Author Series Nominee

Congratulations to Richard Wilber, Ed.D., our 55th honoree in the FGCU Author Series of recently published books authored or edited by FGCU faculty and staff. Dr. Wilber’s book, Alien Morning, will be featured on the Library website during the summer months and displayed on a poster on the first floor of Library West in the FGCU Authors and New Books area.

Rick Wilber’s novel, Alien Morning, (Tor, 2016) was a Locus Recommended Read for 2016 and a Finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best Science Fiction Novel of 2016. Along with the novels The Cold Road (Tor, 2003 and New Word City, 2017) and Rum Point (McFarland, 2009), Rick is the author of some fifty published short stories, novelettes or novellas, including a recent co-authored novella (with Alan Smale), “The Wandering Warriors,” in the May/June issue of Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine, and the forthcoming solo novella, “The Secret City,” in the same magazine in September 2018. Rick’s 2012 novelette, “Something Real” (Asimov’s, June 2012) won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History-Short Form in 2013.

Rick is also the author of several college textbooks on writing and mass media studies for St. Martin’s Press, Kendall Hunt Publishing, and others.

After a long career in teaching, Rick is now a full-time writer and editor and an adjunct instructor at Florida Gulf Coast University, teaching Creative Writing. He is co-founder and co-judge with Asimov’s Science Fiction magazine editor Sheila Williams of the Dell Magazines Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing, presented annually at the International Conference on the Fantastic. The award is now in its 25th year. Dr. Wilber holds an Ed.D. from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, and an MA in English from the same institution.

Rick is at work on the novel Alien Day (a sequel to Alien Morning), which should be out in 2019.

Each month a recent book authored by FGCU staff or faculty is selected and placed on display with an accompanying poster on the first floor of Library West in the FGCU Authors and New Books area. The author and book are also featured on the Library’s website, news blog, and Facebook page. FGCU faculty and staff are encouraged to notify the relevant subject specialist librarian if they publish a book.