Alex Shvartsman is the author of over 80 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 anthology, Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories released in early 2015. His fiction has been published in Nature, InterGalactic Medicine Show, Galaxy's Edge, Daily Science Fiction and a variety of other anthologies and magazines. His steampunk humor novella, H. G. Wells, Secret Agent is forthcoming in late July 2015.

Alex is the editor of the Unidentified Funny Objects annual anthology series of humorous science fiction and fantasy. Three volumes are out and the forth is scheduled for release in November 2015. He also edited Dark Expanse: Surviving the Collapse and Coffee: 14 Caffeinated Tales of the Fantastic.

Alex also enjoys translating short stories from Russian. He has translated works by Sergei Lukyanenko (Russia), Tatiana Ivanova (Russia), and Siarhey Bulyha (Belarus). Alex resides in Brooklyn, NY with his family.