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Derwin Mak

Derwin Mak is a science fiction writer, editor, and a military historian. His short fiction has appeared in many magazines and anthologies. He has published short non-fiction articles on popular culture. Mak is a chartered professional accountant living in Toronto, Ontario. He holds a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Waterloo.
The Moon Under her Feet book cover


The Moon Under Her Feet

Port Orchard, WA: Windstorm Creative, 2007.
Point Claire, QC: Weird and Wondrous Press, 2011. (includes a new introduction)
Toronto, ON: Dark Helix Press, 2015.

Publisher’s Synopsis (Dark Helix Press, from its website)

The Moon Under Her Feet combines space opera, ghost story, and theology in a way seldom seen in science fiction and fantasy. It reveals both humor and tragedy as it traces the lives of its characters and their mission in space

Awards and Honours

2008 Prix Aurora Award — Best Long-Form Work in English (Finalist)

The Shrine of the Siren Stone book cover


The Shrine of the Siren Stone

Port Orchard, WA: Orchard House Press, 2010.
Point Claire, Quebec: Weird and Wondrous Press, 2010.
Toronto: Dark Helix Press, 2015.

Publisher’s Synopsis (Dark Helix Press, from its website)

Ishiro is an otaku, an anime-obsessed geek without a decent job or loving parents. His only friends are Mr. Endo, owner of a maid cafe in Akihabara, and Yuko, a waitress in a French maid uniform. Ishiro fall in love with Yuko, but she turns out to be an android using him to learn about human love. Does she have real feelings for him or is she just programmed to act like a girlfriend? When Mr Endo splits the couple apart, Ishiro joins the Japanese Navy and goes to war, and Yuko’s behavior becomes increasingly human and rebellious. Their paths cross again at the mysterious Shrine of the Siren Stone, where a telepathic meteorite holds the secret of the human spirit.

AlliterAsian book cover

Anthology (Short story)


PS8235 .A8 A46 2015

Mak, Derwin. “It Came to Eat Our Chicken Wings.” In AlliterAsian: Twenty Years of Ricepaper Magazine, edited by Julia Lin, Allan Cho, and Jim Wong-Chu. Vancouver: Arsenal Pulp Press, 2015, 135-144.

First published in Ricepaper 8, no. 1 (2002)

The Dragon and the Stars book cover


The Dragon and the Stars

Edited by Derwin Mak and Eric Choi.
New York: DAW Books, 2010.

Mak, Derwin. “The Polar Bear Carries the Mail.” p. 47-67

Synopsis of the Anthology (by Derwin Mak)

The Dragon and the Stars is the first collection of science fiction and fantasy stories written by ethnic Chinese living outside of China.  It features new fiction from Chinese writers in Canada, the United States, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Awards and Honours

2011 Prix Aurora Award — Best Related work in English (Winner)


Derwin Mak personal website

Derwin Mak personal blog

Publisher Dark Helix Press

Publisher Arsenal Pulp Press