Eliza Victoria is a Filipino author. Her books include Dwellers (2014), Project 17 (2013), A Bottle of Storm Clouds (2012), and the self-published collection Unseen Moon (2013). Her fiction and poetry have appeared in several online and print publications in the Philippines and elsewhere, including Daily Science Fiction, Stone Telling, Room Magazine, Story Quarterly, The Pedestal Magazine, High Chair, and the Philippine Speculative Fiction anthologies. Her work has won prizes in the Philippines’ Carlos Palanca Memorial Awards for Literature and the Free Press Literary Awards. She has also been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and the National Children’s Book Awards, and has been included in the Honorable Mentions for Best Horror of the Year. She is a National Book Award finalist.
My essay, “Reading the Universe”, appears in the September issue of Esquire Philippines. Grab a copy.
Project 17 is a finalist for the 33rd National Book Awards given by the National Book Development Board and the Manila Critics’ Circle. See the full list here.
Dwellers is now available in all Metro Manila, Bulacan, Rizal and Cavite branches of National Book Store and Powerbooks Store. Also available in Uno Morato.
Dwellers by Eliza Victoria
Novel in English
Cover art and design by Aldy Aguirre
Rule No. 1: You don’t kill the body you inhabit.
Rule No. 2: You should never again mention your previous name.
Rule No. 3: You don’t ever talk about your previous life. Ever.
Two young men with the power to take over another body inhabit the bodies and lives of brothers Jonah and Louis. The takeover leads to a car crash, injuring Jonah’s legs and forcing them to stay in the brothers’ house for the time being.
The street is quiet. The neighbors aren’t nosy. Everything is okay.
They are safe, for now.
Until they find a dead body in the basement.
Project 17 is available in all major Philippine book stores.
It’s the 2020s, and robots can do pretty much anything—they can clean your house, they can keep the peace, and if you know where to look, they can even provide “company” to the lonely. Still, there are things only humans can do. Lillian is a college student looking for a summer job, and thinks she’s hit the jackpot when offered a caretaking gig by one Paul Dolores—the pay is awesome, and even gives her a Titanium card for her meals. But why can’t she find any information online about Paul, his brother Caleb, or the weird meds Caleb is supposed to take? Time for a little more in-depth research—firewalls be damned.
“In Project 17, Eliza Victoria takes on the formidable task of crafting a science-fiction novel set in third-world Philippines…Fast-paced, and social media – and technology-savvy…”
“V is for Eliza Victoria’s Project 17: Orwell with robots! And world-building that feels all too real.”
“…an awesome scifi cocktail coming from a emerging master of urban fantasy.”
“Unputdownable! 4-1/2 stars! Highly recommended!”