Alan Smale writes science fiction, fantasy and alternate history. His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, "A Clash of Eagles" in the Panverse Two anthology (edited by Dario Ciriello), won the 2010 Sidewise Award for Alternate History, and he has recently sold a trilogy of novels set in the same universe. The first book, CLASH OF EAGLES, will appear from Del Rey in 2014.
Alan’s short fiction has appeared in Asimov’s, Realms of Fantasy (six times), Abyss & Apex (twice), Paradox, Writers of the Future 13, Podcastle and Pseudopod and numerous other magazines and original anthologies, and his non-fiction science pieces about terraforming and killer asteroids have appeared in Lightspeed. His Asimov’s novella set (mostly) in near-future Asia, “The Mongolian Book of the Dead”, and his historical fantasy starring Ben Franklin, “A Trade in Serpents” from RoF, were both featured on Locus Magazine’s Recommended Reading List. Reading copies of both stories are available on this site, as well as several other stories that have made best-of-year lists.
Born and raised in England, Alan lives in Maryland and works as an astrophysicist and data archive manager at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center. In what is humorously referred to as his 'spare time', Alan also sings bass and serves as Business Manager for high-energy vocal band The Chromatics, who have performed at various science fiction conventions (Balticon, Shore Leave, Farpoint) and were Music Guests of Honor at Philcon in 2008.
Alan is represented by Caitlin Blasdell of Liza Dawson Associates Literary Agency.