I'm delighted to report that my new novel, Alien Morning, is scheduled for publication on November 8th, 2016. The novel, published by Tor Books, is the first of a trilogy, and while I've been copy-editing proofs and working with the fine promotional staff at Tor to nail down some book tour dates for this fall, I've also been working on the second book of the trilogy, Alien Day, which we hope to have out in fall of 2017. In book one, the aliens come to Earth and my hero, Peter Holman, goes to work for one of the most important of aliens, the jovial if deadly Twoclicks. In book two, Holman travels to the home planet of S'hudon to cover peace talks between warring factions of the aliens. For them, it's the usual minor family squabble over who controls what part of the mercantile empire. For Earth, caught in the crossfire, it's deadly and ruinous. In book three, which I'll be working on early in 2017, there's a major clash of empires and....well, you'll just have to find out later.
I've been writing about Twoclicks, Peter Holman and the S'hudonni Empire for years in a number of stories published in various magazines, but most often in Asimov's Science Fiction magazine. I'm delighted to be able to tell some of the story at novel length.
I'll post some book tour information soon. For now, here are a few comments about Alien Morning by some very accomplished writers. I'm delighted that they enjoyed the novel.
Probably the best and most believable depiction of alien contact that I've read since Ted Mooney's brilliant Easy Travel to Other Planets. ALIEN MORNING is a first contact story like no other: it eerily and wittily depicts a fast-forward vision of a near-future in which our own world is both utterly recognizable and utterly transformed. Once I started it, I couldn’t put it down. Neither will you."
– Elizabeth Hand, author of Generation Loss,
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Brilliantly crafted, fiercely real, ALIEN MORNING is first contact as it may very well happen: experienced by one, shared by all who subscribe. Relentless and original, this is science fiction that matters now. Highly Recommended.
--Julie E. Czerneda. The Clan Chronicles
“Rick Wilber has written the best "first contact" story I've seen in decades: deeply human, eerily alien, and altogether an exciting, moving and thought-provoking novel.”
— Ben Bova
Alien Morning is the best first-contact novel I've read in some time. Rick Wilber has done a lot of original thinking about the nature of the mysterious and seemingly friendly aliens, the S'hudonni, and presents them in a nicely realized near-future setting. His autobiographical storyteller, a celebrity "journo" who's both an athlete and a reporter, is deeply inside the story before he realizes that it may cost him much more than his own life.
Over the years, Rick Wilber has written a substantial body of outstanding fiction. In ALIEN MORNING, his raw materials are familiar: a future society that does much of its living in and through the cloud; first contact with aliens who seem friendly. But he makes his materials new by viewing them with a journalist's eye. The result is a startlingly credible reflection of how our society copes--or doesn't cope--with its own strangeness.
-- Stephen R. Donaldson
Rick Wilber's new novel brings together elements of a vivid near-future family saga and the global consequences of the arrival on Earth of technologically superior aliens. Through a charming first-person celebrity narrator who struggles with his flaws, Wilber deploys these elements so that the human drama reflects and illuminates the interspecies conflict, and vice versa, in a compellingly original way. You'll not soon forget either Peter Holman, the narrator, or Twoclicks, the S'hudonni prince with his alien antagonists and allies.
-- Michael Bishop, author of A FUNERAL FOR THE EYES IF FIRE and PHILIP K. DICK IS DEAD, ALAS
In this nimble opening to his new series, Rick Wilber complicates his day-after-tomorrow future with a fresh take on First Contact. ALIEN MORNING effortlessly mashes up its big science fiction theme of mysterious aliens and the terrorists who love them with a gritty backstage tour of semi-professional sports and also with an unflinching look at a troubled family. What sets this book apart from the usual fare is its protagonist, Peter Holman, a sexy, retired jock turned cyberjournalist who has both the brains and the heart to cope with history-in-the-making and his shape-changing lover. Rick Wilber has definitely arrived!
-- James Patrick Kelly, winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards
“What happens when journalists use senses, not just words? This nifty look at an eye-opening future is well worth your time.” — Gregory Benford author of Timescape
“Alien Morning is an enjoyably thought-provoking novel about human and alien sibling rivalries with potentially civilization-destroying ramifications, punctuated by basketball, high tech, and a unique alien seductress.”
-- L.E. Modesitt, Jr.
“Chalk up another homerun for Wilber, one of the most thoughtful and literate science-fiction writers working today. Alien Morning is classic shoe-on-the-other-foot speculation about Earth itself being colonized, and Wilber pulls it off with sophistication and panache.”
— Robert J. Sawyer, Hugo Award-winning author of Quantum Night
“A rousing adventure. Kept me guessing to the last line.”
— Jac McDevitt