Saladin Ahmed

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Saladin Ahmed
Born (1975-10-04) October 4, 1975 (age 46)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Alma materRutgers University (MA)
Brooklyn College (MFA)
University of Michigan (BA)
Henry Ford Community College
GenreScience fiction, fantasy
Years active2000–present

Saladin Ahmed (born October 4, 1975) is an Eisner Award winning American comic book and science fiction and fantasy writer. His 2012 book Throne of the Crescent Moon was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel[1][2][3] and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel.[4] He has also been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, the Nebula Award for Best Novel[5] and the Nebula Award for Best Short Story. Ahmed's fiction has been published in anthologies and magazines including Strange Horizons, Orson Scott Card's InterGalactic Medicine Show, Clockwork Phoenix 2 and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. He is also the writer of Black Bolt, Exiles and Miles Morales: Spider-Man[6] from Marvel Comics.[2][7]

Personal life[edit]

Ahmed was born in 1975 in Detroit, Michigan to parents of Lebanese, Egyptian, Irish, and Polish descent.[8] His father, Ismael Ahmed, formerly in the merchant marine, worked both in a factory and as a community organizer.[2] His mother was a political activist.

After graduating from high school, Ahmed attended Henry Ford Community College before transferring to the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.[8] After receiving a B.A. in American Studies, Ahmed earned an MFA at Brooklyn College[citation needed] and an MA in English from Rutgers University.[citation needed] Ahmed is Muslim.[9][10]


Ahmed's science fiction and fantasy stories have been published in magazines and 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] The novels are fantasies inspired by One Thousand and One Nights.[14] The first book in the series, Throne of the Crescent Moon, was published by DAW Books in February 2012.[15][16]

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.

In October 2017 gained media attention for a Twitter post addressed to the cereal company Kellogg's: "why is literally the only brown corn pop on the whole cereal box the janitor? this is teaching kids racism." Kellogg's indicated they would change the artwork on future Corn Pops shipments.[2][3]

Awards and honors[edit]

Throne of the Crescent Moon was a finalist for both the 2012 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 2013 Hugo Award for Best Novel.[5][1][3][2] Ahmed won the Locus Award for Best First Novel for the novel.[4]

He was also a finalist for the 2010 and 2011 John W. Campbell Award and the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Short Story.[citation needed]

Ahmed's comic Black Bolt, with Christian Ward as the artist, won the 2018 Eisner Award for Best New Series[17] while the graphic novel collection of the comic, Black Bolt, Volume 1: Hard Time, was a finalist for the 2018 Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story.[18]





Short stories[edit]

  • Star Wars: Canto Bight - "Rules of the Game" (Del Rey, December 2017)
  • "Without Faith, Without Law, Without Joy" - Rags & Bones, ed. By Melissa Marr, Tim Pratt (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, October 2013)
  • "Amethyst, Shadow, and Light" - Fearsome Journeys, ed. Jonathan Strahan (Solaris, May 2013)
  • "The Faithful Soldier, Prompted" - Apex Magazine 18, November 2010
podcast by StarShipSofa
podcast by DrabbleCast
Finalist for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Short Story
podcast by PodCastle
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)


  1. ^ a b "2013 Hugo Award Nominations". December 22, 2012.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Cavna, Michael (October 26, 2017). "Kellogg's will change its Corn Pops box after author says it teaches 'kids racism'". The Washington Post. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Smith, Aaron (October 26, 2017). "Kellogg's gets rid of racially insensitive art on Corn Pops box". Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Locus Awards Winners", Locus, June 29, 2013.
  5. ^ a b "2012 Nebula Award Nominees Announced", SFWA, accessed February 23, 2013.
  6. ^ "Miles Morales is Getting Back to His Spider-Man Roots in a New Series Written by Saladin Ahmed".
  7. ^ a b Krug, Kurt Anthony (May 1, 2017). "Award-winning Oak Park author tries his hand at Marvel Comics' 'Black Bolt'". Oakland Press.
  8. ^ a b "Biography", Saladin Ahmed (, archived November 15, 2010, accessed December 2, 2010.
  9. ^ Saladin Ahmed [@saladinahmed] (December 25, 2017). "as an American from a mixed family I love commercial Christmas. but also as a Muslim I love Jesus's message. here's a bit that helps explain why. MERRY CHRISTMAS!" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 1, 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  10. ^ Saladin Ahmed [@saladinahmed] (January 18, 2016). "As a Muslim I find it fascinating that we talk about patriarchy re: Hillary but not Christian supremacy re: Bernie" (Tweet). Archived from the original on January 1, 2019. Retrieved January 1, 2019 – via Twitter.
  11. ^ "2010 Hugo Awards Winners". Locus, September 5, 2010, accessed December 2, 2010.
  12. ^ "2009 SFWA Nebula Awards Final Ballot", Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Inc. (SFWA), accessed December 2, 2010. Archived February 1, 2011, at WebCite
  13. ^ "People and Publishing", Locus, September 2010, p. 8.
  14. ^ "YEE-HAW! I've signed with DAW!", Saladin Ahmed (, accessed December 2, 2010.[page needed]
  15. ^ Penguin Group Throne of the Crescent Moon page
  16. ^ "THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON is now on sale!", Saladin Ahmed, February 7, 2012.
  17. ^ "2018 MONSTRESS, BLACK PANTHER, AND BLACK BOLT WIN BIG AT THE 2018 EISNER AWARDS". SyFy. July 21, 2018. Retrieved January 1, 2019.
  18. ^ "2018 Hugo Awards". World Science Fiction Society. March 15, 2018. Retrieved April 2, 2018.

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