In addition to his short fiction, Saladin Ahmed has published nonfiction in Fantasy Magazine, Salon, The Escapist, and Tor.com. His first novel, Throne of the Crescent Moon, which Kirkus Reviews called “An arresting, sumptuous and thoroughly satisfying debut,” was recently published to wide acclaim. Saladin lives near Detroit with his wife and twin children.
Engraved on the Eyeby Saladin Ahmed
A medieval physician asked to do the impossible. A gun slinging Muslim wizard in the old West. A disgruntled super villain pining for prison reform. A cybernetic soldier who might or might not be receiving messages from God. Prepare yourself to be transported to
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A medieval physician asked to do the impossible. A gun slinging Muslim wizard in the old West. A disgruntled super villain pining for prison reform. A cybernetic soldier who might or might not be receiving messages from God. Prepare yourself to be transported to new and fantastical worlds.
The short stories in this collection have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards. They’ve been reprinted in The Year’s Best Fantasy and other anthologies, recorded for numerous podcasts, and translated into several foreign languages. Now they are collected in one place for the first time. Experience for yourself the original voice of one of fantasy’s rising stars!
PRAISE FOR SALADIN AHMED
“Ahmed’s characters…are a terrific blend of the realistic and the awesomely magical.” — io9
“[Ahmed is] revitalizing the fantasy genre with fresh perspectives and original stories.” — Library Journal
“Ahmed’s debut masterfully paints a world both bright and terrible.“ — Publishers Weekly
“An arresting, sumptuous and thoroughly satisfying debut.” — Kirkus Reviews
OTHER WORKS BY SALADIN AHMED
Throne of the Crescent Moon (DAW, 2012)
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Having read, and enjoyed, his novel, I looked forward to this collection of short stories. Only a few having anything to do with his novel. Throne of the Crescent Moon, but all of them are intriguing and show a fine craftsman of words. I'm looking forward to more novels and short stories from him.
In addition to having two stories set in the Crescent Moon Kingdoms universe, this collection also contains a supernatural western, a dark tale of a doctor with a mysterious patient, and the absolutely brilliant "The Faithful Soldier, Prompted." I'd like to talk about "The Faithful Soldier, Prompted," for a second, because it was the greatest joyful surprise when reading Engraved on the Eye. It's rare that a story is futuristic, familiar, and magical all at the same time. "The Faithful Soldier, Prompted" managed to read like very grounded, near-future SF and a well-loved folktale or legend at the same time. The Science Fictional elements are strange but utterly believable, while the elements from old stories matched perfectly. It is both strange and known-in-the-bones familiar. The entire collection is well worth reading, but "The Faithful Soldier, Prompted" took me by surprise.