Alvaro is the co-author, with Robert Silverberg, of When the Blue Shift Comes, which received a starred review from Library Journal. Alvaro’s short fiction and poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Analog, Nature, Galaxy’s Edge, Apex and other venues, and Alvaro was nominated for the 2013 Rhysling Award. Alvaro’s reviews, critical essays and interviews have appeared in The Los Angeles Review of Books, Strange Horizons, SF Signal, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Foundation, and other markets. Alvaro currently edits the blog for Locus.


Alvaro Zinos-Amaro has the following works available at Clarkesworld:

Writing for Video Games: A Conversation with E. Lily Yu, Yoon Ha Lee, Robert Reed, Seth Dickinson, and Karl Schroeder

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 107 – August 2015

Contemporary video games with science fiction and fantasy settings, such as last year’s Destiny, are often conceived on grand production scales and have movie-sized budgets. They attract prime Hollywood voice talent, are accompanied by full original orchestral scores, and so on. We thought it would be fun to catch up with some of the writers […]

Digging in the Dirt: A Conversation with Kim Stanley Robinson

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 106 – July 2015

The first Kim Stanley Robinson novel I read was Icehenge (1984), back in the pre-Google days of 1997, when I had yet to graduate high school. The novel consists of three distinct first-person narrations, each structured as a diary or memoir, which must have seemed to my then self a far cry from the more […]

The Paradox of the Telescope: A Conversation with Robert Charles Wilson

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 105 – June 2015

I discovered Robert Charles Wilson’s work in February of 2009, with the slender and elegant novel Bios. Though I was in the middle of reading three or four other books at the time, once I started it I couldn’t stop. Compelling characters, interesting politics, an unnerving but wholly plausible science fictional set-up, and nothing extraneous—I […]

Neither Here Nor There: A Conversation with Cat Rambo

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 104 – May 2015

I first discovered Cat Rambo’s work with the tightly coiled “Worm Within,” which got under my skin in a serious way. Ever since then I’ve kept an eye out for her remarkable stories, and I’m sure that over the years—my reality-bound ophthalmologist to the contrary—this has enhanced if not my vision then at the very […]

Spanish Science Fiction: A Round Table Discussion with||Spain's Top Contemporary Voices

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 103 – April 2015

Though I spent my first decade or so in Madrid, where I was born, I didn’t discover science fiction until I was a teen, by which time I was living in Germany, where the available supply was all in German or English. As a result, it wasn’t until I returned to Spain in my twenties […]

A Little Paranoia: A Conversation with Liza Groen Trombi

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 101 – February 2015

Liza Groen Trombi is Editor-in-Chief of Locus magazine, taking over from founder Charles N. Brown in 2009. Born in Oakland, California, she has a degree in literature from San Francisco State University and studied editing with Editcetera in Berkeley before joining the magazine. She runs the SF Awards Weekend in Seattle, serves on various awards […]

In Civilized Society: A Conversation with Kameron Hurley

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 99 – December 2014

I first learned of Kameron Hurley’s work when Jeff VanderMeer wrote about God’s War as one of his top books from 2011 in a piece for Locus. He referred to the novel’s “fascinating insect-based tech” and “unique cultural underpinnings,” which pretty much sold me right there. He also noted that Hurley’s prose was “muscular,” which […]

“We’re All Dreaming,” Arctor Said: Drugs in Science Fiction, from the 1960s to the Present

NON-FICTION by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 98 – November 2014

Open any of the best-known science fiction books from about 1965 to 1975 and the odds are that you’ll find some reference to drugs. This isn’t surprising. The 1960s, after all, were rife with upheavals. Escalating involvement in the Vietnam War, the threat of nuclear apocalypse with the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, the assassination of […]

Anywhere with Pillars: A Conversation with Jo Walton

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 98 – November 2014

Jo Walton has published ten novels, three poetry collections and an essay collection, with another two novels due out in 2015. She won the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer in 2002, the World Fantasy Award in 2004 for Tooth and Claw, and the Hugo and Nebula awards in 2012 for Among Others. […]

Science Fiction Writers Wear Disguises: A Conversation with Robert Reed

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zino-Amaro in Issue 97 – October 2014

Robert Reed was born at the height of the Eisenhower administration, in Omaha, Nebraska. Growing up a few miles from the Strategic Air Command, he realized early and often that the world balances on a razor. His fiction mirrors that sense of bleak amazement. Hundreds of stories and more than a dozen novels have led […]

Consciousness as Story: A Conversation with Ann Leckie

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 96 – September 2014

Ann Leckie is the author of Ancillary Justice (2013) and Ancillary Sword (forthcoming, October 2014). She has worked as a waitress, a receptionist, a rodman on a land-surveying crew, and a recording engineer. She lives in St. Louis Missouri. I was fortunate enough to interview Ann in London, just two days before she won the […]

Wendig’s Golden Prolific: A Conversation with Chuck Wendig

INTERVIEW by Alvaro Zinos-Amaro in Issue 93 – June 2014

Chuck Wendig is the author of the published novels Blackbirds, Mockingbird, The Cormorant, Under the Empyrean Sky, Blue Blazes, Double Dead, Bait Dog, Dinocalypse Now, Beyond Dinocalypse and Gods & Monsters: Unclean Spirits. He is co-writer of the short film Pandemic, the feature film HiM, and the Emmy-nominated digital narrative Collapsus. Wendig has contributed over two million words […]