Karen Joy Fowler
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.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2015-07-27
- Reviewer: Staff
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.)