Dean Francis Alfar is a Filipino fictionist and playwright. His short stories have appeared in The Year’s Best Fantasy & Horror, Strange Horizons, Rabid Transit: Menagerie, The Apex Book of World SF, and the Exotic Gothic anthologies, among other venues. A multi-awarded author, his books include a novel, Salamanca, as well as two collections of fiction, The Kite of Stars and Other Stories and How to Traverse Terra Incognita. He is the publisher of the annual Philippine Speculative Fiction series. He is working on a second novel, his third collection of short fiction and a handful of new anthologies. He lives in Manila with his wife, Nikki, and their two daughters, Sage and Rowan.
In the final decades of her rule that was characterized by an intense yearning to preserve memory, Mon Jiera, Reina of Lusan, Protector of Bisyas, and First Citizen of Danao, decreed the creation of a precise replica of her three maritime kingdoms.