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Field of Fantasies: Baseball Stories of the Strange and Supernatural Paperback – October 28, 2014

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About the Author

Rick Wilber grew up in baseball clubhouses and dugouts when his father played for the Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, and St. Louis Cardinals. His writing has appeared in such magazines as Asimov’s, and he’s been nominated for several writing awards, including the Dave Moore and Sidewise awards. Aside from writing, Wilber is a journalism professor at the University of South Florida, where he heads the magazine major.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Night Shade Books; First Edition/First Printing edition (October 28, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597805483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597805483
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,467,351 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alright, I have a confession to make: I love baseball. I grew up playing it, although not very well. I watched it daily on television, bought baseball cards, read baseball books (I know, weird, something other than sf), and went to Wrigley Field several times a year with my parents to see the Chicago Cubs play (longtime readers may remember that I reviewed Joe Dimaggio's biography back in 2005 - yeah, I had to go look it up - so they may not be surprised by any of these revelations).

And even back then I had a love of science fiction, starting with things like Star Trek, Lost In Space, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. What could be better than a book of stories that combined my love of baseball with my love of science fiction? And lo and behold, there came a book, edited by Rick Wilber, called Field of Fantasies, a collection of baseball short stories that have just a bit of a twist to them, just a bit of an off-kilter angle, just a bit of supernatural. You can imagine I jumped on this one.

Field of Fantasies collects baseball stories as old as 1944 and as recent as 2012, from authors that are known to fans of speculative fiction such as Stephen King, Harry Turtledove, Rod Serling, Gardner Dozois, Ray Bradbury, John Kessel, Kim Stanley Robinson, and Rick Wilber himself to more mainstream folks like Jack Kerouac, Louise Marley, Robert Coover, and others. While not all the stories here deal with the "Strange and Supernatural" (part of the subtitle to the book), every last one of these is a gem.

With that being the case, where do I begin? For pure amusement, Gardner Dozois' "The Hanging Curve" tops the list, about a curveball that literally hung there, in front of the plate - for years.
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This is a wonderful collection. I think the previous reviewer was reading the Kindle edition and not the print edition. The print edition was virtually flawless. I assume/hope the ebook will be fixed soon. That said, this is a must-have anthology for baseball fans as well as fiction lovers. The writers include Stephen King, Karen Joy Fowler, Jack Kerouac, Ray Bradbury, W.P. Kinsella, TC Boyle, and a number of other great authors you will probably never find together in any other collection. It's a truly unique and fun book for anyone interested in sports mythology and great literature.
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What a delightful compendium of stories that live through and around the "greatest game". Authors of the past whose affectionate memories offer the smells and sounds of baseball ring so true for readers who hear their own personal bell tones, authors of the future who believe with all their hearts that baseball will always be some part of our lives no matter how life changes, each bring a different perspective on how a game can and does affect our lives. Not all of the stories are for everybody, but at least some of the stories will stay with you long after you read them. Like the game itself, some innings its okay to go out for hot dogs and peanuts, and some will keep you glued to your seat with a greatI grin on your face.
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Very nice variety of baseball-themed fantasy, speculative fiction and soft science fiction. I enjoyed it very much. The last story is the best IMH.
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