October 4, 1975|
Detroit, Michigan, United States
Rutgers University, MA|
Brooklyn College, MFA
University of Michigan, BA
Henry Ford Community College
|Genre||Science fiction, fantasy|
Saladin Ahmed (born October 4, 1975) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer and poet. His 2012 book Throne of the Crescent Moon was nominated for the Hugo Award for Best Novel and won the Locus Award for Best First Novel. He has also been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, the Nebula Award for Best Novel 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 author of Black Bolt and Exiles from Marvel Comics.
Personal life and education
Ahmed was born in 1975 in Detroit, Michigan to parents of Lebanese, Egyptian, Irish, and Polish descent. His father, Ismael Ahmed, formerly in the merchant marine, worked both in a factory and as a community organizer. 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. After receiving a B.A. in American Studies, Ahmed earned an MFA at Brooklyn College and an MA in English from Rutgers University.
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.
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.
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.
Awards and honors
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. Ahmed won the Locus Award for Best First Novel for the novel.
- Black Bolt (12 issue monthly series from Marvel Comics, May 2017-April 2018).
- Exiles (monthly series from Marvel Comics, April 2018 to present).
- Abbott (monthly series from BOOM! Studios, January 2018 to present)
- 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
- "Mister Hadj's Sunset Ride" - Beneath Ceaseless Skies, May 2010
- "General Akmed's Revenge?" - Expanded Horizons 16, March 2010
- "Doctor Diablo Goes Through The Motions" - Strange Horizons, February 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, July 2009)
- Finalist for the 2010 Nebula Award for Best Short Story
- podcast by PodCastle
- "Where Virtue Lives - Beneath Ceaseless Skies, April 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)
- "2013 Hugo Award Nominations".
- Cavna, Michael (October 26, 2017). "Kellogg's will change its Corn Pops box after author says it teaches 'kids racism'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- Smith, Aaron (October 26, 2017). "Kellogg's gets rid of racially insensitive art on Corn Pops box". CNN.com. Retrieved 21 May 2018.
- "Locus Awards Winners", Locus Online, June 29, 2013.
- "2012 Nebula Award Nominees Announced", SFWA, accessed February 23, 2013.
- Krug, Kurt Anthony (May 1, 2017). "Award-winning Oak Park author tries his hand at Marvel Comics' 'Black Bolt'". Oakland Press.
- "Biography", Saladin Ahmed (saladinahmed.com), archived November 15, 2010, accessed December 2, 2010.
- "2010 Hugo Awards Winners," Locus Magazine, September 5, 2010, accessed December 2, 2010.
- "2009 SFWA Nebula Awards Final Ballot", Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Inc. (SFWA), accessed December 2, 2010. Archived 1 February 2011 at WebCite
- "People and Publishing", Locus, September 2010, p. 8.
- "YEE-HAW! I've signed with DAW!", Saladin Ahmed (saladinahmed.com), accessed December 2, 2010.[page needed]
- Penguin Group Throne of the Crescent Moon page
- "THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON is now on sale!", Saladin Ahmed, February 7, 2012.