Charles A. Tan was the first person ever to solicit a piece of speculative fiction from self.
That was several years ago.
Now, he’s compiled this amazing bibliography of Female Filipino Speculative Fiction Writers (Granted, that word “Female” is a little — odd? Because here in the U.S. we’d say “Women Filipino Speculative Fiction Writers.” Anyhoo, enough with the digressions).
Whenever self has time, she goes over the list. It is fun to do, as almost every writer on the list has a link to an on-line story, so one can actually read their work.
Today, for example, self read Nikki Alfar’s “Adrift on the Street Formerly Known as Buendia,” published on a site called Bewildering Stories, and it was very, very entertaining. Also enjoyed Crystal Koo’s “The Startbox,” in Usok # 1 (2009).
There are some mysteries, such as why a writer named Marguerite Alcazaren de Leon has three inactive links under her entry. Or why there are no links to any of Monique Francisco’s stories, or to Christine V. Lao’s.
But when one remembers that Charles isn’t paid to do any of this, that he contributes his time as a labor of love, that he himself writes, and has a day job — when one considers all of these factors, then one becomes, like self, very, very grateful.
Charles is very, very shy. Self has only met him twice in person. He is Ateneo-educated, slight, and softspoken. But don’t let that exterior fool you! Inside, he is steel.
Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.