Timothy James Dimacali or TJ grew up in Manila on a staple of vintage comics and classic sci-fi, which instilled in him a lifelong love for literature and science. After graduating with a creative writing degree in 2001 from the University of the Philippines, he found himself pursuing a variety of odd jobs from financial news info editor to cultural commission speechwriter to advertising copywriter. He put this diverse experience to good use when he was eventually promoted to Science and Technology Editor at GMA Network, one of the country’s largest media companies, in 2010. He managed to secure some accolades along the way, including the Department of Science and Technology’s Gawad Scriba Award for Science Communicators in 2013. He is also an alumnus of the Asia Journalism Fellowship (2016), CERN School Philippines (2014), the Netherlands Fellowship Program (2013), the Silliman University National Writers Workshop (2012), and the Iligan National Writers Workshop (2009). His sci-fi short stories, which often blend Philippine history and mythology, have appeared in local and foreign anthologies. He earned a Fulbright scholarship in 2017 to become the first Filipino to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s prestigious MS Science Writing program.
“The Sundays in Dapitan.” Philippines Graphic, July 2016.
“On the Consequence of Sound.” The SEA is Ours: Tales of Steampunk Southeast Asia. Ed. Jaymee Goh and Joyce Chng. Rosarium Publishing. 2015.
“Long Distance Booty Call to Cthulhu.” Playboy Philippines, January-February 2015.
“Skygypsies.” The Best of Philippine Speculative Fiction 2005-2010. Ed. Dean Francis Alfar and Nikki Alfar. UP Press. 2014.
“Keeper of My Sky.” Alternative Alamat: Stories Inspired by Philippine Mythology. Ed. Paolo Chikiamco. Visprint. 2014.
“Homecoming.” Philippines Graphic, July 2014.
“A Word’s Worth.” Philippines Graphic, August 2013.