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Email:: dean@kestrelddm.com

Bio

Dean Francis Alfar is a leading advocate of speculative fiction in the Philippines, and the publisher of the annual “Philippine Speculative Fiction” anthology. His novel “Salamanca” won both the Book Development Association of the Philippines’ Gintong Aklat award, as well as the Grand Prize in the Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature. He has nine more Palancas to his name, two Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards, the Philippine Free Press Literary Award, and the Philippine Graphic/Fiction Award. His short fiction has been collected in “The Kite of the Stars and Other Stories”, and been published in venues both national and international, including “The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror”, “Rabid Transit: Menagerie”, “Latitude”, and “The Apex Book of World SF”.

Birthday:: January 2, 1969

Favorite Genres::
Fantasy in its various flavors, mind-bending speculative fiction, and any well-written story in any genre (I’m actually omnivorous but with certain preferences). But for the past decade or so, non-fiction is what I’d rather read.

Fandoms:

Currently Reading

Lots of non-fiction

Body of Work

Books

  • Packing for the Moon and other Stories, Anvil. (collection of fiction, forthcoming)
  • How Rosang Taba Won The Race, Lampara Publishing. (Children’s book, forthcoming)
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 4, Kestrel 2009. (with Nikki Alfar, Anthology of short fiction)
  • The Kite of Stars and Other Stories, Anvil 2007. (Collection of short fiction)
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 3, Kestrel 2007. (with Nikki Alfar, Anthology of short fiction)
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 2, Kestrel 2006. (Anthology of short fiction)
  • Salamanca, Ateneo Press, 2006. (Novel)
  • Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 1, Kestrel 2005. (Anthology of short fiction)

Short Fiction

  • “A Door Opens: The Beginning of the Fall of the Ispancialo-in-Hinirang (Emprensa Press: 2007)” by Salahuddin Alonto, Annotated by Omar Jamad Maududi, MLS, HOL, JMS” in Alternative Alamat, edited by Paolo Chikiamco, Rocket Kapre Books, 2011
  • The Face” in Philippines Free Press, December 2011
  • Escape” in Philippine Genre Stories, October 2011
  • “The Fortune-teller’s Beautiful Daughter” in Philippines Graphic, July 2011
  • Packing for the Moon” in Philippines Free Press,, June 2011
  • “Enkantong-bato” forthingcoming in Bestiary, edited by Jeff Vandermeer
  • “The Malaya” forthcoming in Diaspora Ad Astra, edited by Joseph Nacino & Emil Flores
  • “Securing Doors from Fathers” forthcoming in Isolation Remembers What Repetition Forgets, edited by Luis Katigbak, Anvil
  • “Simon’s Replica” in Philippines Free Press, May 2010 and in Philippine Speculative Fiction 6. edited by Nikki Alfar and Kate Osias, Kestrel, 2011
  • “Bruhita” in Exotic Gothic III, edited by Danel Olson, Ash-Tree Press 2009
  • Ghosts of Wan Chai” in Connecting Flights: Nineteen Filipinos Report From Elsewhere, edited by Ruel de Vera, Anvil, December 2009
  • In the Dim Plane” in Bewildering Stories, issue 366, January 2010
  • The Kite of Stars” in The Apex Book of World SF, edited by Lavie Tidhar, Apex 2009
  • “Something Like That” in Growing Up Filipino II, edited by Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard, December 2009
  • “How My Mother Flew” in Growing Up Filipino II, edited by Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard, December 2009
  • “The Music Teacher” in Growing Up Filipino II, edited Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard, December 2009
  • Strange Weather” in The Farthest Shore, edited by Joseph Nacino & Dean Francis Alfar, 2009; and in Philippine Speculative Fiction 5. edited by Nikki Alfar and Vincent Michael Simbulan, Kestrel 2010
  • “Messiah” in Dark Blue Southern Seas 2009, edited by F. Jordan Carnice, April 2009
  • “Fallow’s Flight” in A Time for Dragons, edited by Vincent Michael Simbulan, Anvil 2009
  • “Report HC-IK017785A-0097B-006 de Ocampo: Survey of Artifacts Found in the Derelict Vessel The Malaya” in Philippines Free Press, November 2008.
  • “I, D.I.” in Belonging: Stories of Relationships, edited by Erlinda Panlilio, Anvil 2008
  • “Remembrance” in Exotic Gothic II, edited by Danel Olson, Ash-Tree Press 2008
  • “The Maiden and the Crocodile” reprint in Bewildering Stories, September 2008.
  • “The Many Loves of Ramil Alonzo” in Philippines Free Press, August 2008.
  • “Sunboy” in Philippines Free Press, May 2008.
  • “In the Dim Plane” in Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, April 2008.
  • “The Middle Prince” in Tales of Fantasy and Enchantment, edited by Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo, February 2008
  • “An Excerpt from ‘Princes of the Sultanate’ (Ghazali: 1902); Annotated by Omar Jamad Maududi, MLS, HOL, JMS” in Story Philippines, February 2008
  • “Chasing Aurora” in Sunday Inquirer Magazine, November 2007.
  • “Ever, After” in Philippines Free Press, August 2007.
  • Into the Morning” in Bewildering Stories, July 2007.
  • “The Dragon in the Bell” in Philippines Free Press June 2007.
  • “Sabados con Fray Villalobos” in A la Carte; Food and Fiction, edited by Cecilia Manguerra-Brainard and Marily Orosa, Anvil 2007
  • The Middle Prince” in Bewildering Stories, September 2006; Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, December 2006
  • “How Rosang Taba Won A Race” in Philippines Free Press, July 2006.
  • “Six From Downtown” in Philippines Free Press, June 2006; Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol.2 (Kestrel, December 2006)
  • “The Maiden and the Crocodile” in Story Philippines, March 2006.
  • “Hollow Girl: A Romance” in Latitude: Writing from the Philippines and Scotland, edited by Angelo Lacuesta and Toni Davidson, Anvil 2006
  • “Four-letter Words” in Manual, January 2006.
  • “Terminos” in Rabid Transit : Menagerie, Velocity Press, 2005
  • L’Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)” in Strange Horizons, January 2003; in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror Seventeenth Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant, St. Martin’s Press 2004; and in Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 1, edited by Dean Francis Alfar (Kestrel, December 2005
  • “Gumamela” in ab ovo 2, Kestrel 2003
  • “Ser Clessidrana Acerca Tiempo (Mr. Clessidrana Thinks About Time)” in Hinirang, 2002.
  • “(push)” in Stuff Magazine, May 2001.
  • “Spark: The Sad and Strange Tale of Sister Maria Dolores, the Nun who Exploded” in National Midweek, 1992.
  • “The Last Mermaid Story” in National Midweek, 1992.
  • “The Secret Measure” in National Midweek, 1992.
  • “Magan & Balo” in Mr. & Ms., 1991.

Comic Books

  • Siglo: Passion, edited by Dean Francis Alfar & Vincent Michael Simbulan (Kestrel/Nautilus Books, 2005
  • The Craft Century in Project: Hero, edited by Elbert Or & Andrew Drilon, Questventures  2005
  • Invitation in K.I.A., edited by Marco Dimaano, Alamat Comics, 2005
  • Quad in Hey Comics!, edited by Ramon de Veyra, 2004.
  • Siglo: Freedom, edited by Dean Francis Alfar & Vincent Michael Simbulan, Kestrel/Nautilus Books, 2003
  • Ab Ovo 1, 2, edited by Dean Francis Alfar, Kestrel, 2002
  • The Lost 1, 2. Kestrel, 2001.

Awards

Philippine Graphic Fiction Awards

  • 2010 – Prose (Remembrance)

Gintong Aklat Awards

  • 2008 – Literature (Salamanca)

Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature

  • 2007 – for short story for Children (Poor, Poor Luisa)[3]
  • 2006 – for short story for Children (How Rosang Taba Won the Race)
  • 2005 – for the novel (Salamanca)
  • 2004 – for futuristic fiction (Hollow Girl)
  • 2004 – for one-act play (The Kite of Stars)
  • 2003 – for one-act play (The Onan Circle)
  • 1994 – for full-length play (Island)
  • 1994 – for one-act play (Loving Toto)
  • 1991 – for one-act play (Short Time)
  • 1990 – for one-act play (Fragments of Memory)

Manila Critics’ Circle National Book Awards

  • 2006- Best Comic Book (Siglo: Passion)
  • 2004- Best Comic Book (Siglo: Freedom)

Philippines Free Press Literary Awards

  • 2007 – for short story (Six from Downtown)

Fellowships

  • 31st National Writers’ Workshop, Dumaguete (1992) – Writing Fellow
  • 20th U.P. National Writers’ Workshop (1992) – Writing Fellow
  • 48th U.P. National Writers’ Workshop (2009) – Writing Fellow

Samples of Work

  • The Face” in Philippines Free Press, December 2011
  • Escape” in Philippine Genre Stories, October 2011
  • Packing for the Moon” in Philippines Free Press,, June 2011
  • Ghosts of Wan Chai” in Connecting Flights: Nineteen Filipinos Report From Elsewhere, edited by Ruel de Vera, Anvil, December 2009
  • In the Dim Plane” in Bewildering Stories, issue 366, January 2010
  • The Kite of Stars” in The Apex Book of World SF, edited by Lavie Tidhar, Apex 2009
  • Strange Weather” in The Farthest Shore, edited by Joseph Nacino & Dean Francis Alfar, 2009; and in Philippine Speculative Fiction 5. edited by Nikki Alfar and Vincent Michael Simbulan, Kestrel 2010
  • Into the Morning” in Bewildering Stories, July 2007.
  • The Middle Prince” in Bewildering Stories, September 2006; Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, December 2006
  • L’Aquilone du Estrellas (The Kite of Stars)” in Strange Horizons, January 2003; in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror Seventeenth Annual Collection, edited by Ellen Datlow, Kelly Link & Gavin Grant, St. Martin’s Press 2004; and in Philippine Speculative Fiction Vol. 1, edited by Dean Francis Alfar (Kestrel, December 2005

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