Alex Shvartsman

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Alex Shvartsman
Born (1975-11-19) November 19, 1975 (age 41)
Odessa, Ukraine
Residence Brooklyn, New York, United States
Nationality United StatesAmerican
Pro Tour debut 1997 Pro Tour Los Angeles[citation needed]
Winnings US$89,835[1]
Pro Tour wins (Top 8) 0 (1)[2]
Grand Prix wins (Top 8) 4 (21)[3]
Median Pro Tour Finish 145
Lifetime Pro Points 232[4]
Planeswalker Level 48 (Archmage)

Alex Shvartsman (born 1975) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer and editor known primarily for humorous short stories. He won the WSFA Small Press Award for Short Fiction in 2014 for his short story "Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma" published in the InterGalactic Medicine Show magazine. He won the WSFA Small Press Award in 2014[5] and was a finalist for the Canopus Award for Excellence in Interstellar Writing in 2015.[6]

Alex Shvartsman is also an American Magic: The Gathering player. While having enjoyed only a moderate degree of success on the Pro Tour, he is one of the most successful Grand Prix players ever. With 21 appearances, Shvartsman held the record for most Grand Prix top eights for a long time, and is now third only to Olivier Ruel and Shuhei Nakamura, and tied with Yuuya Watanabe.

Bibliography[edit]

Full Length Books[edit]

  • "Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma and Other Stories", UFO Publishing, 2015
  • "H. G. Wells, Secret Agent", UFO Publishing, 2015

Selected short stories[edit]

  • "How Gaia and the Guardian Saved the World", Amazing Stories, 2016
  • "One in a Million", On Spec, 2016
  • "Whom He May Devour", Nautilus, 2016
  • "Islands in the Sargasso", Galaxy's Edge, 2015
  • "Burying Treasure", Chicks and Balances (Baen Books), 2015
  • "He Who Watches", Fireside, 2015
  • "The Golem of Deneb Seven", InterGalactic Medicine Show, 2014
  • "The Keepsake Box", Daily Science Fiction, 2014
  • "High-Tech Fairies and the Pandora Perplexity", InterGalactic Medicine Show, 2014
  • "In the Wake of the Storm", Buzzy Magazine, 2013
  • "The Rumination on What Isn't", Nature, 2013
  • "The Tinker Bell Problem", Buzzy Magazine, 2013
  • "Things We Leave Behind", Daily Science Fiction, 2013
  • "Explaining Cthulhu to Grandma", InterGalactic Medicine Show, 2013
  • "The Epistolary History", Nature, 2013
  • "A Gnomish Gift", Weird Tales, 2013
  • "Requiem for a Druid", Galaxy's Edge, 2013
  • "The Miracle on Tau Prime", Daily Science Fiction, 2013
  • "The Tell-Tale Ear", Nature, 2012
  • "Nuclear Family", Kasma SF, 2012
  • "Ravages of Time", Nature, 2012
  • "A Shard Glows in Brooklyn", Buzzy Magazine 2012
  • "The Take", Daily Science Fiction, 2012
  • "Spidersong", Daily Science Fiction, 2011
  • Link to complete bibliography.

As editor[edit]

Magic: The Gathering Achievements[edit]

 Season   Event type   Location  Format Date  Rank 
1998–99 Grand Prix Barcelona Limited 4–7 February 1999 2
1998–99 Grand Prix Taipei 24–25 April 1999 7
1999–00 Grand Prix Lisbon 25–27 September 1999 6
1999–00 Grand Prix Sao Paulo Limited 6–7 November 1999 4
1999–00 Grand Prix Tours 26–27 November 1999 1
1999–00 Grand Prix Seattle Extended 15–16 January 2000 5
1999–00 Grand Prix Madrid Extended 29–30 January 2000 3
1999–00 Grand Prix Taipei Extended 12–13 February 2000 3
1999–00 Grand Prix Cannes Team Limited 26–27 February 2000 2
1999-00 Grand Prix Nagoya Team Limited 22–23 April 2000 1
2000–01 Invitational Sydney Special 16–19 November 2000 6
2000–01 Masters Chicago Booster Draft 1–3 December 2000 3
2000–01 Grand Prix Rio de Janeiro Sealed and Booster Draft 10–11 March 2001 2
2001–02 Pro Tour New York Team Limited 7–9 September 2001 3
2001–02 Grand Prix Brisbane Sealed and Booster Draft 20–21 October 2001 3
2001–02 Grand Prix Curitiba Extended 8–9 December 2001 2
2001–02 Grand Prix Houston Extended 5–6 January 2002 6
2001–02 Grand Prix Lisbon Extended 19–20 January 2002 6
2001–02 Grand Prix Fukuoka Sealed and Booster Draft 16–17 February 2002 1
2001–02 Grand Prix Kuala Lumpur Sealed and Booster Draft 30–31 March 2002 5
2001–02 Grand Prix New Jersey Team Limited 29–30 June 2002 2
2002–03 Masters Houston Booster Draft 8–10 November 2002 5
2002–03 Grand Prix Pittsburgh Team Limited 31 May–1 June 2003 1
2002–03 Grand Prix Detroit Block Constructed 12–13 July 2003 4
2003–04 Grand Prix Washington D.C. Team Limited 17–18 April 2004 3

Last updated: 17 August 2009
Source: Wizards.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Top 200 All-Time Money Leaders". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  2. ^ "Lifetime Pro Tour Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  3. ^ "Lifetime Grand Prix Top 8s". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  4. ^ "Planeswalker Points (requires login)". Wizards of the Coast. Retrieved 2014-12-16. 
  5. ^ "Winner of the 2014 WSFA Small Press Award was Announced at Capclave". Washington Science Fiction Association. Retrieved 2016-12-11. 
  6. ^ "Previous Award Winners | The Canopus Award". canopus.100yss.org. Retrieved 2016-12-12. 

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