Alex Shvartsman is the author of over 120 short stories and the winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction for "Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma," which is also the title story of his collection, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories, released in early 2015. His inaugural novel, Eridani's Crown, was published in 2019. His fiction has been published in Nature Futures, Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Galaxy's Edge, Strange Horizons, and a variety of other anthologies and magazines.

Alex is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous science fiction and fantasy and a dozen other anthologies, as well as the Future Science Fiction Digest.

His translations from Russian have appeared in Clarkesworld, F&SF, Asimov's, and elsewhere. Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY, with his family.