Science Fiction Filipino Fiction for Young Adults

As the second in a planned genre-anthology series for young adults, Science Fiction: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults explores once more the concerns and issues of today’s youth, this time through the lens of the science fiction genre. Enjoy these selected young adult short stories written by new as well as experienced authors, chosen and presented by award-winning editors Dean Francis Alfar and Kenneth Yu.

About the Editors

Dean Francis Alfar is a novelist and writer of speculative fiction. His fiction has been published and anthologized both in his native Philippines and abroad (Strange Horizons, Rabid Transit, The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, The Apex Book of World SF, The Time Traveler’s Almanac, and the Exotic Gothic series among many others).
His books include the novel Salamanca, short fiction collections The Kite of Stars and Other Stories, How to Traverse Terra Incognita, A Field Guide to the Roads of Manila, and the children’s book How Rosang Taba Won a Race. He has edited or coedited volumes of the Philippine Speculative Fiction annuals, Horror: Filipino Fiction for Young Adults, The Farthest Shore: Fantasy from the Philippines, Outpouring: Typhoon Yolanda Relief Anthology and Maximum Volume: Best New Philippine Fiction.
His literary awards include ten Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature—including the Grand Prize for Novel for Salamanca—as well as the National Book Awards for the graphic novels Siglo: Freedom and Siglo: Passion, the Philippines Free Press Literary Award, and the Gintong Aklat Award. He is a member of the Manila Critics Circle.
Dean lives in Manila with his wife, award-winning fictionist Nikki Alfar and their daughters Sage and Rowan.
Kenneth Yu is a reading advocate and the publisher/editor of The Digest of Philippine Genre Stories, or PGS, a Filipino short-fiction publication of genre tales (science fiction, horror, crime, mystery, suspense, and fantasy). The digest has evolved from its original print form and now has an online presence at, with plans for its revival sometime in the latter part of 2015 or early part of 2016. His own work has been published both locally and internationally. In the Philippines, his fiction and nonfiction have seen publication in magazines such as Philippines Graphic, The Philippines Free Press, Usok, Ruin & Resolve, as well as in the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies.
Internationally, his fiction has been published in The Town Drunk, Alien Skin, Aurora Wolf, Innsmouth Free Press, and D.O.A.: Extreme Horror Collection. His stories have also been turned into podcasts on Pseudopod, Dunesteef Audio Fiction Magazine, and Pakinggan Pilipinas.
He placed co-third in the 3rd Philippine Graphic Fiction Award with his co-editor, Dean. He also won in Fantasy Magazine’s Halloween Flash Fiction competition. One of his stories was cited as an honorable mention by editor Ellen Datlow for Best Horror of 2011. His first collection, Mouths to Speak, Voices to Sing, was released as an ebook in 2013.
He can be followed at He resides in San Juan, the Philippines.