Alex Shvartsman

Alex Shvartsman is the author of The Middling Affliction (Caezik Press, 2022) and Eridani’s Crown (UFO Publishing, 2019). Over 120 of his short stories have appeared in Analog, Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, Strange Horizons, and elsewhere. He is the winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction and has twice been nominated for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Fiction.

Alex has translated books, screenplays and short stories from Russian. Some of those stories have appeared in Clarkesworld, Tor.com, Asimov’s, and F&SF. He’s the editor of over a dozen anthologies, including The Cackle of Cthulhu, Humanity 2.0, and the Unidentified Funny Objects series, as well as of the Future Science Fiction Digest

Find Alex on his website or follow him on Twitter, @AShvartsman.

Bibliography

  • FORTH
    The Conradverse Chronicles
    The Middling Affliction (#1)
    Alex Shvartsman
  • Standalone
    Eridani’s Crown
    Alex Shvartsman
  • Short Story
    The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories
    Alex Shvartsman
  • Short Story
    Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories
    Alex Shvartsman
  • Anthologies
    The Cackle of Cthulhu
    Alex Shvartsman
  • Anthologies
    Humanity 2.0
    Alex Shvartsman
  • Anthologies
    Unidentified Funny Objects (#1)
    Alex Shvartsman
  • Novellas
    H. G. Wells, Secret Agent
    Alex Shvartsman
     

Reviews

The Conradverse Chronicles

Standalone

Eridani’s Crown
"Shvartsman skillfully confronts the ways power can corrupt in this smart political fantasy. ... Tight plotting and an intricately crafted universe will keep readers hooked."

Publishers Weekly

"In the world of Eridani’s Crown, there are no handy crutches for the reader to rest on. From its earliest pages, Alex Shvartsman’s novel subverts many of the tropes of high fantasy."

Strange Horizons

"An impressive expansion of range from Shvartsman. Worth looking for."

Asimov's

"With a world as intricate as the titular magical artifact and a cast of characters as morally complex as figures from real history, Eridani’s Crown is a nuanced examination of the drive to acquire power and its distorting influence on our ideals. This epic fantasy will have you turning the pages deep into the night and move you in the manner only the grandest of tragedies can."

Ken Liu, Hugo Award-winning author of The Grace of Kings

"I loved this smoothly written story of an intelligent, resourceful young royal who has to grow up fast after treachery and tragedy put her in mortal danger. Eridani must summon all her courage and cunning, as well as some newfound ruthlessness, to survive and steer her own fate. Action, intrigue, personal conflicts, and plot reversals will keep you turning the pages of this tightly-woven tale."

Laura Resnick, Campbell Award-winning author of the Esther Diamond series

"Full of complicated characters and moral ambiguity, Eridani's Crown is a fascinating and haunting exploration of one woman's quest for power. Shvartsman gives us a compelling and nuanced look at the tragedy of Eridani's success that will keep you riveted."

Tina Connolly, Hugo Award-nominated author of Ironskin

"A gripping tale of empire and conquest and the crumbling of good intentions in the pursuit of power. Shvartsman takes all your expectations and turns them on their head."

David Walton, Campbell Award-winning author of Three Laws Lethal

"Neither grimdark nor heroic, Eridani's Crown is a unique mix, with just as much heart as it has pitiless depiction of human failings and foibles."

Charles E. Gannon, Nebula and Dragon Award-nominated author of Marque of Caine

"Eridani’s Crown is an enjoyable exploration of the rise and fall of a noble, just monarch. It is a thought-provoking look at the human heart in conflict with itself. The immersive world-building and character-driven plot makes this an excellent read for anyone who wants a satisfying taste of the fantasy genre."

Independent Book Review

Short Story

The Golem of Deneb Seven and Other Stories
"There was not a single story that didn’t make me laugh, utter a soft gasp at the twist or provoke strong emotions in the way the tale was told. The thoughtful way each tale presented its characters and situations plunged right into the heart of it immediately in a way that I wanted to see where it would take me. Being full of heart is also how I would describe each one as well because the emotions on display by all the different characters are easily relatable and made me think about how I would feel if I was placed into any of these unusual situations."

The Indie Athenaeum

"The stories bounce across, and often combine, genres and frequently have a humorous aspect (sometimes subtle, sometimes slapstick). There’s a winking tone to even the most serious of these stories, a “we’re in this together, dear reader” style that immediately tells you it’s a Shvartsman story. I count this recognizability as a good thing, much in the way you pretty much always know if you’re reading a Neil Gaiman or Seanan McGuire story.... Highly recommended."

Sunday Shorts

Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories
"At any length, Shvartsman is an entertaining writer who can take on many voices and make them his."

Locus

"Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories is a solid, quality collection worthy of a speculative fiction fan’s bookshelf. Shvartsman is a prolific author whose stories continue to impress."

Tangent Online

"Wit, sentiment, imagination — Alex Shvartsman's got them all."

Mike Resnick, Hugo Award-winning writer

"His stories feature tightly constructed, intricate, puzzle-like plots with clever banter and plenty of fresh, twisted pop culture references."

Ken Liu, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author

"Full of intriguing ideas and wit."

Jody Lynn Nye, bestselling author

"A wonderful collection of short stories that will make you laugh, think and feel."

Gini Koch, bestselling author of the Alien series

Anthologies

Novellas