|Genres||Science Fiction, Fantasy|
Saladin Ahmed (born 1975) is an Arab-American science fiction and fantasy writer and poet. He has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award and the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. His fiction has been published in book anthologies and magazines such as Strange Horizons, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Clockwork Phoenix 2, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. His novel trilogy The Crescent Moon Kingdoms is currently being published by DAW Books, with the first novel a finalist for both the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Hugo Award for Best Novel.
Ahmed was born in 1975 in Detroit, Michigan to parents of Lebanese/Egyptian/Irish/Polish descent. His father, formerly in the merchant marine, worked both in a factory and as a community organizer. His mother was a political activist.
After graduating high school Ahmed attended Henry Ford Community College before transferring to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. After receiving his B.A. in American Studies, Ahmed earned an MFA at Brooklyn College and an MA in English from Rutgers University.
In 2007 Ahmed married songwriter/research psychologist Hayley Thompson. They have twins, and live in a suburb of Detroit.
Ahmed's science fiction and fantasy stories have been published in a number of magazines and book anthologies, including Strange Horizons, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Clockwork Phoenix 2, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. In 2010, he was a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award for Best New Writer.
Ahmed's story "Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela," originally published in Clockwork Phoenix 2, was a finalist for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Short Story. His story "Where Virtue Lives," originally published in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, was a finalist for the 2009 Harper's Pen Award.
His novel trilogy The Crescent Moon Kingdoms is currently being published by DAW Books. The novels are fantasies inspired by One Thousand and One Nights. The first book in the series, Throne of the Crescent Moon, was published by DAW Books in February 2012.
Ahmed's poetry has been published in various literary journals and books and has been awarded fellowships from the University of Michigan, Brooklyn College, and the Bronx Council on the Arts.
- "The Faithful Soldier, Prompted" - Apex Magazine 18, Nov 2010
- podcast by StarShipSofa
- "Mister Hadj's Sunset Ride” - Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2010
- "General Akmed's Revenge?" - Expanded Horizons 16, Mar 2010
- "Doctor Diablo Goes Through The Motions" - Strange Horizons, Feb 2010
- podcast by DrabbleCast
- "Judgment of Swords and Souls" - Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show
- "Hooves and the Hovel of Abdel Jameela" - Clockwork Phoenix 2, ed. by Mike Allen (Norilana Books, Jul 2009)
- Finalist for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Short Story
- podcast by PodCastle
- "Where Virtue Lives - Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Apr 2009
- Finalist for the 2009 Harper’s Pen Award.
Ahmed's poetry has appeared in the following journals and anthologies:
- Callaloo Volume 32, Issue 4 (2009)
- Against Agamemnon: War Poetry (WaterWood Press 2009)
- Inclined to Speak: An Anthology of Contemporary Arab American Poetry (University of Arkansas Press 2008)
- Margie: The American Journal of Poetry Volume 6 (2007)
- We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon (Interlink Books 2007)
- The Brooklyn Review #19 (2002)
- The Brooklyn Review #18 (2001)
- Big City Lit (2001)
- Mizna Volume 3, Issue 1 (2001)
- Abandon Automobile: Detroit City Poetry (Wayne State University Press 2001)
- Post Gibran: Anthology of New Arab American Writing' (Kitab/Syracuse University Press 2000)
- Arab Detroit: From Margin to Mainstream (Wayne State University Press 2000)
- 2012 Nebula Award Nominees, SFWA, Accessed Feb. 23, 2013.
- "2013 Hugo Award Nominations".
- Biography of Saladin Ahmed, personal website, accessed Dec. 2, 2010.
- "2010 Hugo Awards Winners," Locus Magazine, September 5, 2010, accessed December 2, 2010.
- 2009 SFWA Final Nebula Awards Ballot, Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Inc., accessed December 2, 2010. Archived 1 February 2011 at WebCite
- "People and Publishing," Locus magazine, Sept. 2010, page 8
- "YEE-HAW! I’ve signed with DAW!," Saladin Ahmed's personal website, accessed December 2, 2010.
- Penguin Group Throne of the Crescent Moon page
- THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON is now on sale! Author blog announcement of publication