This month we talk to two notables from the Philippines. Charles A. Tan and Dean Francis Alfar give us a tour of the speculative fiction authors working in their country right now.
Dean Francis Alfar is a Filipino playwright, novelist and writer of speculative fiction. His plays have been performed in venues across the country, while his articles and fiction have been published both in his native Philippines and abroad, such as in Strange Horizons, Rabid Transit, The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and the Exotic Gothic series. His literary awards include ten Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature (Palanca Awards) — including the Grand Prize for Novel for Salamanca (Ateneo Press, 2006)— as well as the Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards for the graphic novels Siglo: Freedom and Siglo: Passion, and the Philippines Free Press Literary Award.
Charles Tan is the editor of Lauriat: A Filipino-Chinese Speculative Fiction Anthology, the Philippine Speculative Fiction Sampler, and Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2009. His fiction has appeared in publications such as The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, Philippine Speculative Fiction and the anthology The Dragon and the Stars (ed. by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi). In 2009, he won the Last Drink Bird Head Awardfor International Activism. He is also a 2011 and 2012 World Fantasy nominee for the Special Award, Non-Professional category.
- Eliza Victoria
- Ian Rosales Casocot
- Nikki Alfar
- Kate Aton-Osias
- Paolo Chikiamco
- Kristine Ong Muslim
- Erin Chupeco, The Unnatural States of Dead Girls in Wells
- Marianne Villanueva (US)
- Rochita Loenen-Ruiz (Netherlands)
- F.H. Batacan (Singapore), Smaller and Smaller Circles
- Apol Lejano-Massebieau (France)
- Crystal Koo (Hong Kong)
- Elyss Punsalan (Australia)
- Ebooks of Philippine Speculative Fiction