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The Wandering Warriors

The Wandering Warriors

by Alan Smale, Rick Wilber
The Wandering Warriors

The Wandering Warriors

by Alan Smale, Rick Wilber



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A Romp Through Time, Space, and Ancient Rome
Two award-winning writers take us on an alternate-history adventure—a 1940s barnstorming baseball team, led by retired baseball player and spy Moe Berg, is transported from rural Illinois to Ancient Rome, just after the death of Emperor Septimius Severus.
The Romans—who actually played a game called "small ball"—put the captured team to work teaching baseball to the gladiators for a major Colosseum event...that turns into an over-the-top, life or death finale.
Baseball hijinks, a wild ride through Rome in a careening team bus, a hint of romance, and some viciously good hitting and fielding.
Will the Wandering Warriors make it home? Will the widowed empress escape the fate her evil son has in mind for her? Will the rattletrap team bus make it way through time and space (and Roman roads) back to Illinois?
Will Chicago White Sox owner Grace Comiskey show up to make an unlikely offer to the team's best player?

"Wilber and Smale (are) two literary tricksters who present for your reading pleasure a fantastical romp featuring two cultures nobody but Rick and Alan had ever thought to let clash: barnstorming baseball players and Imperial Romans. You will believe in doubleheaders in the Coliseum. You will marvel at gladiators flailing at curve balls. And you will be tickled by the historical celebrities who take part in America's ... um ... Rome's Pastime.  Fun is hereby decreed."—James Patrick Kelly, winner of the Hugo, Nebula and Locus awards

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940163015658
Publisher: WordFire Press
Publication date: 08/05/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Sales rank: 1,015,711
File size: 566 KB

About the Author

Alan Smale writes alternate and twisted history, historical fantasy, and occasional pure SF. His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles”, won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and his series of novels set in the same universe, Clash of Eagles (2015), Eagle in Exile (2016), and Eagle and Empire (2017), is available from Penguin Random House/Del Rey. Alan has also sold over forty pieces of shorter fiction to Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy, Abyss & Apex, and numerous other magazines and original anthologies, and his non-fiction science pieces about terraforming and killer asteroids have appeared in Lightspeed.

Alan grew up in Yorkshire, England, acquired degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University, and then moved to the US in his late twenties. He currently performs astronomical research into neutron stars and black holes at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD, with over a hundred published academic papers, and serves as director of a data archive that contains the complete datasets from dozens of astronomical satellites and experiments. In what is laughingly referred to as his ‘spare time’ he also sings bass with high-energy vocal band The Chromatics, and is co-creator of their educational AstroCappella project, spreading astronomy through a cappella in schools across the country. The Chromatics have been Music Guests of Honor and regular performers at many SF conventions across the northeastern US, which gives Alan yet another excuse to hang out with fellow science fiction writers and other really cool people. Check out his Web site at, or follow him on Facebook/AlanSmale or Twitter/@AlanSmale.

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