About Me

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My name is Alexei Collier. I have a dual-BA in Creative Writing and East Asian Languages and Culture from Beloit College, and I write science fiction and fantasy. My short fiction and poetry have appeared in Cicada, Ideomancer, and Tales to Terrify.

I grew up in southern California, in a house my family moved into on my very first Halloween. I started telling stories as soon as I could talk, and haven’t really stopped since. I now live across the street from Chicago with my wife and our cat.

Here are some other odd facts about me:

  • I started a reptile club in the third grade.
  • When I was nine, my brother almost fell into the Grand Canyon, but I caught him.
  • I was a finalist in the Chicon 2000 Student Science Fiction & Fantasy Contest.
  • I have never been to Canada or Mexico, but I have been to New Zealand and Japan.
  • I once lived under the same roof as a yakuza for five months. (It wasn’t as exciting as it sounds.)
  • My grandparents were outspoken socialists during the height of the Red Scare.
  • My mother spent several decades successfully convincing rich people and corporations to give millions of dollars to science education and cancer research.
  • My father programmed navigation software for NASA’s Voyager missions.

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