Alan Smale writes alternate and twisted history, and hard SF. His novella of a Roman invasion of ancient America, “A Clash of Eagles”, won the Sidewise Award, and related novels Clash of Eagles, Eagle in Exile, and Eagle and Empire (2015-2017) are available from Penguin Random House/Del Rey. His Roman baseball collaboration with Rick Wilber, The Wandering Warriors, came out from WordFire Press in 2020, and Hot Moon, his alternate-Apollo “technothriller with heart” set entirely on and around the Moon, was launched by Caezik SF & Fantasy in 2022, with sequel Radiant Sky scheduled for release in August 2024. Alan has also sold over forty stories to Asimov’s and other magazines and anthologies, and his short story “Gunpowder Treason” earned him a second Sidewise Award in 2022. His non-fiction essays have appeared in Lightspeed, Journey Planet, and Galaxy’s Edge.

Alan grew up in Yorkshire, England, earned degrees in Physics and Astrophysics from Oxford University, and moved to the U.S. in his late twenties. Until recently he performed astronomical research at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, and served as director of an astrophysical data archive. He also sings bass with high-energy vocal band The Chromatics, and is co-creator of their educational AstroCappella project, spreading astronomy through a cappella in schools across the country.