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, Future 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).

Find me online at the following:

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Selected Speaking Engagements

  1. (Upcoming) “Paghasik ng Munting Katha” (Flash Fiction for Beginners) – SingLit Station in association with the Migrant Writers of Singapore, 26 Feb 2023
  2. Celebrating Rizal Day with Penguin Randomhouse SEA Authors” – Moderator/Fireside chat host – Philippine Embassy Singapore, 30 December 2022.
  3. Don’t Stop Me If You’ve heard This One Before” (Writing and Generative Text) – Moderator, Singapore Writers Festival, 20 Nov 2021
  4. A Southeast Asian Map for the Science Fiction Future” – Moderator, Singapore Writers Festival, 19 Nov 2021
  5. Just The World I’m Looking for: The Multiverse and Fiction” – Panellist, Singapore Writers Festival, 12 Nov 2021
  6. Reading-Dialogue across the Sea between Get Luckier Sg/Phil writers”, Reader, Singapore Poetry Festival, 20 July 2022
  7. The Gaudy Boy Reading + Mini-Panel on Publishing” – Reader, Panellist, Gaudy Boy at the Crane Club, 14 July 2022
  8. Hope and the Future in Philippine Speculative Fiction” – Speaker, BCSC Asian American Heritage Series, Brown University (USA), 12 May 2022
  9. Brick by Brick: Worldbuilding Future Cities” – Panellist, BOSKONE 59 (New England Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, USA), 19 Feb 2022
  10. Speculative Fiction from Multi-lingual Authors” – Panellist, Reader BOSKONE 59 (New England Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, USA), 18 Feb 2022
  11. Novel Writing Workshop” – Lecturer, Yale-NUS Writing Centre (Singapore), 9 Oct 2021
  12. Man Vs Machine” – Panellist, Singapore Writers Festival, 03 Oct 2021
  13. Time is an Illusion Alternatives to the Gregorian Calendar”- Moderator, BonFiyah Con (USA), 18 Sep 2021
  14. Occultism and Esoterica for Writers”- Panellist, BonFiyah Con (USA), 18 Sep 2021
  15. Posthumous Post-Humanity: What’s Beyond The Human Species?” – Panellist, Future-Con (Brazil), 04 Sep 2021
  16. Future South & East Asia: What Future is Taking Shape in India, Pakistan, Philippines?” – Moderator, Future-Con Brazil, 17 Sep 2020
  17. The Roots of Singapore Speculative Fiction” – Lecturer, Jalan Besar Lecture Series Singapore Literature Station, 30 Apr 2021
  18. Embracing the Weird: Writing Speculative Fiction” workshop for secondary school students run by the Singapore Book Academy – Lecturer, Singapore Book Council, 17 Dec 2020
  19. Future Currents: Philippines and Singapore” – Panellist, Future-Con Brazil, 29 Nov 2020
  20. Running a Genre Magazine” – Panellist, BonFiyah Con (USA), 16 Sep 2020
  21. Should I Italicise that?” – Panellist, BonFiyah Con (USA), 16 Sep 2020
  22. Future South & East Asia: What Future is Taking Shape in India, Pakistan, Philippines?” – Moderator, Future-Con Brazil, 17 Sep 2020
  23. An Introduction to Asian Science Fiction” – Lecturer, Other Futures (Netherlands), 11 April 2020
  24. Dreaming of Stranger Futures”Panellist, #BuySingLit Festival, Singapore Book Council, 11 Mar 2020
  25. Our Continuing Fascination with Dystopia” – Lecturer, 2219: Futures Imagined, Singapore Arts Science Museum, 05 Dec 2019
  26. Conversations: Is Science the New Religion?” – Moderator, Singapore Writers Festival, 09 Nov 2019
  27. Conversations: Ruling the Galaxy?” – Panellist, Singapore Writers Festival, 09 Nov 2019
  28. Predicting The Future with Science Fiction” – Speaker, Read! Fest 2019, Singapore Book Council, 21 May 2019
  29. Words In Progress: Yale-NUS Manuscript Intensive Weekend 2019” – Lecturer, Yale-NUS Writing Centre (Singapore), 08-10 Mar 2019
  30. Ad Astra Per Verba: Writing your First Science Fiction Story” – Lecturer, Open: Singapore Young Writers Lab, Singapore Book Council, 02 Mar 2019
  31. Chicken Rice and Adobo: What We Love about the Philippines and Singapore”– Panellist/Reader, Singapore Writers Festival, 11 Nov 2018
  32. Speculative Fiction as Moral Compass”– Panellist, Singapore Writers Festival, 10 Nov 2018
  33. LONTAR Retrospective” – Panellist/Reader, Singapore Writers Festival, Singapore Writers Festival, 08 Nov 2018
  34. Classroom Series: The Influence of Science Fiction in Modern Science” – Speaker, Singapore Writers Festival, 05 Nov 2018
  35. The Familiar And The Alien” – Moderator, Singapore Writers Festival, 04 Nov 2018 – Panellist, Singapore Writers Festival, 05 Nov 2017
  36. Writing Flash Fiction” – Lecturer, BooksActually Seminar Series (Singapore), 22 Dec 2017 – Panellist, Singapore Writers Festival, 05 Nov 2017
  37. Breakout: A Gala Reading” – Speaker/Reader, Singapore Writers Festival, 03 Nov 2018
  38. A Brave New World: Speculative Fiction in Singapore” – Panellist, Singapore Writers Festival, 06 Nov 2017
  39. The Real Science in Science Fiction” – Panellist, Singapore Writers Festival, 05 Nov 2017
  40. Surreal Worlds of Southeast Asia” – Panellist, WorldCon 75 (World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Finland) 11 Aug 2017
  41. Your Mythology is much like my Mythology.– Panellist, WorldCon 75 (World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Finland), 10 Aug 2017
  42. Saving the World. All of It. – Panellist, LonCon 3(World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, UK), 16 Aug 2014
  43. The World at WorldCon: SF/F in South and South-East Asia” – Panellist LonCon 3 (World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, UK), 16 Aug 2014

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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