My non-fiction piece, "Future of Futuristic Fiction", will be published in the June 1 issue of newmyths.com.
As a proponent of Islamic Speculative Fiction (http://nova-sf.de/internova/?p=447), I am always on the look out for good novels and stories with Islamic elements, so it gave me great pleasure to come across Diana Wynne Jones's novel, "Castle in the Air." The Islamic elements are quite prominent. The protagonist is a likeable, young, resourceful, love-struck carpet seller named Abdullah. The story has good and bad jinns (both free and imprisoned in bottles). The novel is entertaining with a very satisfactory ending. The novel works on YA as well as adult level. Highly recommended.
Read and enjoy and feel free to comment - here or there.
The anthology, "Ill-considered Expeditions", is out in paperback from April Moon Books. Get it for the beautiful cover if not for my story, "The Pulsar and The Planet". :)
Sixteen new stories to delight and horrify you from a mixture of critically-acclaimed writers and new-bloods. This will be a voyage of discovery for all concerned as successive teams of hapless explorers fall foul of the elements and monstrosities lurking in shadowy caves, hidden temples, icy tombs and even alien planets. From steamy jungles and back waters to unexplored islands and mysterious woodlands, researchers investigate alien artifacts and mysterious creatures, while others probe interdimensional portals, oblivious to the dangers. Some are motivated by the romance of discovery, others by the heady intoxication of greed, but all are doomed when their forays into the unknown world become terrifying tales of Ill-considered Expeditions!
The anthology contains the following stories:
Pete Mesling – In the Chillest Land
Matthew Barron – Hell Island
James Dorr – Ice Vermin
Stuart Conover – The Dig
Steve Foreman – The Strange Affair of Bunny Fosdyke
Ahmed A. Khan – The Pulsar and the Planet
Gerry Griffiths – Jonathon Stone’s Swansong
Nicholas Nicario – Povo de Ossos
R. Allen Leider – The Secret of Bumare-Moto
Jess Landry – The Root
Franklin Marsh – The Wood
Josh Reynolds – An Incident at the Plateau of Tsang
DJ Tyrer – The White Goddess
Stanley Webb – Captain Baxter’s Journal
Patrick Loveland – Ghosts of the Spires
Paul M. Feeney – The Room at the Top of the House
The anthology is available from Amazon
"Another Mosque Among the Stars" is an anthology of my stories collected under the theme of Islamic SF and containing my essay on the definition of the same.
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Also, please feel free to comment right here on the anthology once you've read it.
What is "Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant"?
No, this is not a Jeopardy response. This is the title of the best graphic novel I have read in a long time. The story starts in the Istanbul of 1807. Delilah Dirk is a young, lively, adventuresome girl, described in the intro as a "globetrotting troublemaker". Erdemoglu Selim is a Turkish lieutenant, desirous of a peaceful life full of quiet and friendly conversations over a cup of tea. The story is how these two opposites form a team and go through the adventure.
Written and drawn by Tony Cliff and published by :01, this book has a lot going for it: lively story, delightful characters, gorgeous art, not to mention a flying ship.
Do yourself a favour - go read this book.