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Field of fantasies : baseball stories of the strange and supernatural
Wilber, Rick, 1948- , editor.
Publication Information:
New York : Night Shade Books, [2014]
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viii, 311 pages ; 23 cm
"Of all the sports played across the globe, none has more curses, superstitions, or supernatural events [than] baseball, America's national pastime. While some of these can easily be explained, there are just as many that cannot. [This book] delves right into that superstition with short stories written by several key authors about baseball and the supernatural. Whether it's a frozen curveball, a robot pitcher, or fantasy outcomes (the Cubs winning the World Series!), these ... stories are ones that fans of science fiction will enjoy, while fans of baseball will find strangely believable"--
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A Fantastic Anthology Combining the Love of Science Fiction with Our National Pastime

Of all the sports played across the globe, none has more curses and superstitions than baseball, America's national pastime.

Field of Fantasies delves right into that superstition with short stories written by several key authors about baseball and the supernatural. Here you'll encounter ghostly apparitions in the stands, a strangely charming vampire double-play combination, one fan who can call every shot and another who can see the past, a sad alternate-reality for the game's most famous player, unlikely appearances on the field by famous personalities from Stephen Crane to Fidel Castro, a hilariously humble teenage phenom, and much more. In this wonderful anthology are stories from such award-winning writers as:

Stephen King and Stewart O'Nan
Jack Kerouac
Karen Joy Fowler
Rod Serling
W. P. Kinsella
And many more!

Never has a book combined the incredible with great baseball fiction like Field of Fantasies . This wide-ranging collection reaches from some of the earliest classics from the pulp era and baseball's golden age, all the way to material appearing here for the first time in a print edition. Whether you love the game or just great fiction, these stories will appeal to all, as the writers in this anthology bring great storytelling of the strange and supernatural to the plate, inning after inning.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia), fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history), and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural), and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors.

Author Notes

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 Science Fiction, 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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Publisher's Weekly Review

The 23 items in this entertaining anthology demonstrate how many ways it's possible to play, and play with, the national pastime. The stories (and one poem by Ray Bradbury) are genial and entertaining. Kim Stanley Robinson's "Arthur Sternback Brings the Curveball to Mars" is a discussion of baseball tactics on other planets. Ron Carlson's "My Last Season with the Owls" is a laidback description of a minor-league team featuring two vampire players who can only play in night games. The best pieces do go deeper into the personal obsessions of players and spectators, as in Valerie Sayers's "How to Read a Man," a heartbreaking look at the consequences of a middle-aged female fan's belief that she can predict exactly what ballplayers are about to do. Best of all is "The Franchise," John Kessel's smart, sly story of an alternate-world 1959 World Series when insecure George H.W. Bush, a 35-year-old major league rookie with daddy issues, must bat against ferociously arrogant Cuban pitcher Fidel Castro. Even if baseball is "only a game," this book shows how satisfyingly it can tweak our imagination. (Oct.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Table of Contents

Stephen King and Stewart O'NanKaren Joy FowlerT. Coraghessan BoyleKim Stanley RobinsonJack KerouacWilbur SchrammLouise MarleyValerie SayersGardner DozoisJohn KesselMax AppleBruce McAllisterRay BradburyRobert CooverRod SerlingHarry TurtledoveRay GonzalezRon CarlsonCecilia TanEdo van BelkomDavid Sandner and Jacob WeismanRick WilberW P. Kinsella
Introductionp. v
A Face in the Crowdp. 1
The Further Adventures of the Invisible Manp. 26
The Hector Quesadilla Storyp. 44
Arthur Sternbach Brings the Curveball to Marsp. 55
Ronnie on the Moundp. 64
My Kingdom for Jonesp. 70
Diamond Girlsp. 82
How to Read a Manp. 101
The Hanging Curvep. 118
The Franchisep. 128
Understanding Alvaradop. 163
The Southpawp. 174
Ahab at the Helmp. 185
McDuff on the Moundp. 188
The Mighty Caseyp. 200
The House that George Builtp. 223
Baseballp. 231
My Last Season with the Owlsp. 233
Pitchers and Catchersp. 241
Baseball Memoriesp. 257
Lost Octoberp. 267
Stephen to Cora to Joep. 278
How I Got My Nicknamep. 299
Acknowledgementsp. 308
Permissionsp. 310