Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

Alvaro Zinos-Amaro was born in Spain, to an American father and a Spanish mother. He grew up in Europe, mostly, and despite the advice of his betters earned a BS in Theoretical Physics at the Universidad Autonoma de Madrid (UAM) in 2003, after which he relocated to the U.S.

He made his first short fiction sale in 2008 and was soon a Finalist of the Writers of the Future contest. Alvaro is the co-author, with Robert Silverberg, of When The Blue Shift Comes, and the non-fiction volume Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg. Alvaro's short fiction and Rhysling-nominated poetry have appeared in Analog, Nature, Galaxy's Edge, Apex,The Journal of Unlikely Entomology, Buzzy Magazine, Neon and various anthologies, such as Dark Expanse: Surviving the CollapseThe Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty and The Mammoth Book of Jack the Ripper Tales.

Alvaro has also published reviews and critical essays in Asimov'sThe Los Angeles Review of Books, Strange Horizons, The New York Review of Science Fiction, and other venues. Alvaro has a science fiction book review column at Intergalactic Medicine Show and edits the roundtable blog for Locus.

He and his co-conspirator and sometimes editor (read, girlfriend) currently reside in sunny Irvine, California.


Traveler of Worlds: Conversations with Robert Silverberg, 2016

When The Blue Shift Comes, with Robert Silverberg, 2013 (US), 2014 (UK)

Awards and Memberships

Nominated, Rhysling Award for Speculative Poetry

Finalist, Writers of the Future Award

Member: SFWA, SFPA

Related Experience

5+ years of experience in writing reviews and conducting interviews for pro venues, with an emphasis on science fiction and fantasy

Well-versed in history of science fiction, including academic texts

Over 30 short stories published in markets in and out of genre

Extensive reading history in lit crit and literary classics


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