My L33t Speak/JEJEMON story “I M D 1 IN 10” was in the 2016 volume of Best New Singapore Stories (Jason Erik Lundberg, editor).
This year, my Pinoy space-opera story from Lontar Volume 6 made it to the honourable mention list of the Best New Singapore Stories Volume 3 (Cyril Wong, Guest Editor). I was a bit surprised (but grateful!) to see this, because it is the most Hard Science Fiction work I had ever attempted. Congratulations to all that were selected or shortlisted!
“Brother to Space, Sister to Time” is lovingly dedicated to my brother Hector Francisco V. Ocampo and my sister Noreen Maria-Regina Ocampo Oconer. Strangely enough, despite the genre trappings, this is also the most personal story I have ever written. There is so much for a reader to discover between the lines.
It was the book birthday of The Infinite Library and Other Stories last 28 September. If you would like to get an advanced copy, it’s available at the independent bookstore BooksActually ahead of the launch at the Singapore Writers Festival (on Tuesday, November 7 from 8.30 pm – 9.30 pm at the Gallery II of The Arts House).
Trivia time: What else shares my book birthday?
In 2015 NASA scientists announce the discovery of flowing water on Mars.
In 2008 SpaceX launches the first ever private spacecraft, the Falcon 1 into orbit.
In 1987 “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” debuts on syndicated TV
In 1965 Taal Volcano explodes in Batangas, Philippines killing around 100 people
In 1928 Juan de la Cierva completes the first helicopter flight over the English Channel
In 1901 Filipino patriots defeat 48 members of the US 9th Infantry in Balangiga, Samar
In 1066 William the Conqueror invades England, landing at Pevensey Bay, Sussex