About me

My latest blurb:

Victor Fernando R. Ocampo is the author of the International Rubery Book Award shortlisted The Infinite Library and Other Stories (Math Paper Press, 2017; Gaudy Boy, 2021) and Here be Dragons (CANVAS Press, 2015), which won the Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Award in 2012. His play-by-email interactive fiction piece The Book of Red Shadows debuted at the Singapore Writers Festival in 2020.

His writing has appeared in many publications including Apex Magazine, Daily Science Fiction, Likhaan Journal, Strange Horizons, Philippines Graphic, Science Fiction World and The Quarterly Literature Review of Singapore, as well as anthologies like The Best New Singapore Short Stories, Fish Eats Lion: New Singaporean Speculative Fiction, LONTAR: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, the Philippine Speculative Fiction series and Mapping New Stars: A Sourcebook on Philippine Speculative Fiction.

He is a member of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America, a fellow of the Milford Science Fiction Writers’ Conference (UK), and the Cinemalaya Ricky Lee Film Scriptwriting Workshop, as well as a Jalan Besar writer-in-residence at Sing Lit Station (2020/2021).

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25 thoughts on “About me”

  1. Victor I would like to thank you for educating me on my late grandfathers work, Nemesio E Caravana. I have not had the privileged to meet my mother’s family in the Philippines, however my late mother, Liwanag, has told me many stories about her father and family. Thank you for keeping Nemesio’s legend alive.

    1. It was my pleasure! I am always on the look out for a complete copy of his serial “Ang Puso ni Matilde” and his other stories. He did such fantastic work. Cheers!

      1. Hope do I contact you? My mother was his first daughter, Liwanag…best friend Carol Varga. ❤

  2. Good morning, Mr. Ocampo! 😀 May I ask to interview you on the topic of science fiction in the philippines? It would be very nice to interview you online 😀 thank you Mr. Ocampo!

  3. hi uncle. this is deeksha. i read the book it was really nice. i actually wanted to know how you got the idea for that storyline?

  4. Good Afternoon Sir VR,

    I am Jett Ilagan a visual artist and a composer from Sta.Rosa, Laguna.
    Few months ago I started a musical project where in I collaborated with foreign musicians to come up with my EP entitled ORBIT 21 which is based on Jose Ma Espino’s Novel. In the process, I paired up with electronic artists from Canada, UK, Korea, etc to interpret some short stories in the compilation.

    We are already in the final stage of the production, but I felt like there’s a missing piece: I have no idea who Jose Ma Espino was, the only clue I have is the short description of him in the book. I browsed the internet and search for any possible answer but sadly nothing comes up. Then I stumbled upon your blog about early Filipino short stories, and I’m wondering maybe you have any idea about his early life. I would really love to know him or his family and maybe let them hear the project that we did.

    I hope you can enlighten me about this great author.
    -Jett Ilagan

    1. I am sorry to see this only now. I had nor been blogging for a while. If you are still interested please contact me via vrocampo at gmail.com I may be able to point you to someone who can help,

  5. Hey Victor,

    My name is Fin and I’m writing you on behalf of Steve Young, who is currently in the process of writing some science fiction. I recommended you to him, after stumbling across your various creative fiction online. He also lives in the Philippines and desires some assistance in the writing and editing of his own sci-fi fiction. I know this is a passion of yours and would appreciate if you could give me some advice about if Steve might be able to work with you on his writing, or if you have any suggestions for his search into Filipino Sci-Fi writers who could help him with this work. Thanks Victor! Hope to hear from you.

  6. good evening Mr. Ocampo, may I interview you regarding to your work entitled “The Old Blue Notebook”…. advance thank you po 🙂 I am looking forward to your respond.

  7. Dear Mr. Ocampo,

    May I ask if you are connected to the Victor Ocampo to whom Borges dedicated his story Garden of the Forking Paths? I see that you list him as someone who influenced you, but I’m don’t know if you are old enough to have been his contemporary. I also know that he knew Victoria Ocampo. Perhaps you are connected?

    If you find me too nosy, I apologize. But “Garden” is one of my favorite stories and I’ve always wondered who the dedicatee was.

    Thank you,
    Susan Glosser

      1. Dear Victor,
        Thank you for replying. Is Victor then Victoria Ocampo?

        I live in Portland Oregon, US, and would love to read your books, but I’m having a hard time finding copies either on line or in our books stores? Can you tell please tell me where I can purchase them? Thank you.


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