Arab and Muslim Science Fiction

Critical Essays

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About the Book

How is science fiction from the Arab and Muslim world different than mainstream science fiction from the West? What distinctive and original contributions can it make? Why is it so often neglected in critical considerations of the genre? While other books have explored these questions, all have been from foreign academic voices. Instead, this book uses an own-voices approach to examine the nature, genesis, and history of Arabic and Muslim science fiction, as well as the challenges its authors face. Through personal narratives, these authors share their stories and their struggles with the censors, recalcitrant publishers, critics, the book market, and the literary establishment. Their uphill efforts, with critical contributions from academics, translators, and literary activists, will enlighten the sci-fi enthusiast and fill a gap in the history of science fiction. Topics covered range from culture shock to conflicts between tradition and modernity, proactive roles for female heroines, blind imitation of storytelling techniques, and language games.

About the Author(s)

Hosam Elzembely is an accomplished science fiction author with three novels to his name and seven edited volumes of short stories published on behalf of the Egyptian Society for Science Fiction (ESSF). He is the director and founder of the ESSF and is also a medical practitioner and associate professor of ophthalmology, Faculty of Medicine, Minia University, Egypt.

Emad El-Din Aysha was formerly an adjunct assistant professor at the American University in Cairo. Currently he is a freelance journalist, translator, academic researcher and science fiction author with one anthology to his name, and a member of the ESSF and its chief translator.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Hosam A. Ibrahim Elzembely and Emad El-Din Aysha. Series Editors Donald E. Palumbo and C.W. Sullivan III
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 45 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2021
pISBN: 978-1-4766-8523-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-4317-5
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy