Saladin Ahmed recently gave a talk at Grand Rapids Community College titled “Writing Muslim American Fantasy: A Reading and Talk”. Here’s the video from that event. Good stuff.
Here’s the book description:
Stories to Captivate the Imagination: Welcome to the worlds of Saladin Ahmed.
A medieval physician asked to do the impossible. A gun slinging Muslim wizard in the old West. A disgruntled super villain pining for prison reform. A cybernetic soldier who might or might not be receiving messages from God. Prepare yourself to be transported to new and fantastical worlds.
The short stories in this collection have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards. They’ve been reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy and other anthologies, recorded for numerous podcasts, and translated into several foreign languages. Now they are collected in one place for the first time. Experience for yourself the original voice of one of fantasy’s rising stars!
PRAISE FOR SALADIN AHMED
“Ahmed’s characters…are a terrific blend of the realistic and the awesomely magical.” — io9
“[Ahmed is] revitalizing the fantasy genre with fresh perspectives and original stories.” — Library Journal
“Ahmed’s debut masterfully paints a world both bright and terrible.“ — Publishers Weekly
“An arresting, sumptuous and thoroughly satisfying debut.” — Kirkus Reviews
OTHER WORKS BY SALADIN AHMED
Throne of the Crescent Moon (DAW, 2012)
Here’s the table of contents…
Today’s spotlight shines on Saladin Ahmed!
Known for his short stories and poetry (he was a finalist for both the Nebula and Campbell Awards), Ahmed’s debut novel is Throne of the Crescent Moon published by DAW (revieewed here).
PROS: Unusual, non-standard multidimensional characters that grow and change; a great sense of place and environment; the city as a character all of its own.
CONS: The ending is somewhat rushed; worldbuilding is a bit thin.
VERDICT: An early landmark work not only of the author, but of a new and underused stratum of fantasy.
The greatest city in the world is a tangled hive of people in the Crescent Kingdoms. A million people living cheek by jowl, living under an autocratic Khalif. Flashing swords, a rebel charismatic thief brewing revolution. And darker things brewing too, unknown to nearly all. A fantasy city inspired not by medieval London, Cologne or Paris, but by the height of the Arab renaissance of Baghdad and Cairo.
Dhamasawaat awaits. And if you mess with it, you mess with the Doctor. Doctor Adoulla.
The recently-announced 2009 Nebula Award ballot includes lots of great fiction from lots of great writers and only hints at all the great work being published. So we asked this year’s nominees this question:
Here’s what they said…
[Note: Due to my poor interviewing skills, there were multiple revisions of this question ultimately intending to clarify that its intent was not to slight any of the fiction that was nominated, but rather, to name additional works that are also award-worthy. Along the way, I also left open the possibility that panelists could name work in any category. Any perceived lack of cohesion in this Mind Meld is thus entirely of my own making — but I think you’ll find plenty of great titles to seek out in addition to the one’s on this year’s Nebula ballot. So there.]