I’m happy to announce that I have one definite and one possible book coming out this year, along with a story in an anthology, several nonfiction articles, and maybe some stories.
Te Traveler is a YA science fiction novel coming out in September from Rogue Phoenix press. It’s about Tenobius, a Time Traveler whose Time Machine breaks down in Imperial Rome, and the only way he can get back to the present is by fixing the electronics with what he can scrounge or fabricate himself with Roman technology. The story is told from the point of view of Argus, the Roman street kid who helps him.
Backstage at Wonderland is the tentative title of a book that has a tentative agent willing to represent the book if I trim it down. It’s the amazing story of an amusement park built in Revere, Massachusetts just north of Boston, in 1906. The story has been told before in brief chapters of local books and in one out-of-print book written by a couple of brother who grew up in Revere. But all the previous accounts are far too brief, and they miss the most interesting things, and get the facts wrong (the park closed in 1910, for instance, while virtually every internet site – citing that book by the brothers – gives the date as 1911.) And they miss the most amazing human stories that really make the Park history shine – the guy who started it all, who two years previously had been secretary of a baking powder company in Savannah, Georgia. The guy who built the Park, who refused to tell his previous history, and who had tried to build The Biggest Amusement Park in the World. The Park treasurer whose wife became a superstar. Herbert H. Pattee , who gave up a Broadway career to become a ride designer, then met his wife on the Tunnel of Love ride he designed. The one-legged wrestler and acrobat who became manager to the Firefighter show. And so on. Definitely a trip worth taking.
The anthology Live Free or Dragons, a collection of Fantasy stories set in New Hampshire, is at long last coming out this year – I thought it was going to end up in limbo, another Last Dangerous Visions. But years after they accepted my story, it is finally going to be released. My entry is George Washington and the Dragon, which I’m rather proud of.
In addition, my Light Touch columns continue to be published in Optics and Photonics News, including (this year) Preppy Optics, 44 Fewer Shades of Gray, and others.
And I may have some other stories coming out in the near future. I’ll also be updating my website at https://srichardwilkcom.wordpress.com , which hasn’t been updated in quite a while.