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Saladin Ahmed

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Detroit, Michigan, The United States



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Saladin Ahmed was born in Detroit and raised in a working-class, Arab American enclave in Dearborn, MI.

His short stories have been nominated for the Nebula and Campbell awards, and have appeared in Year's Best Fantasy and numerous other magazines, anthologies, and podcasts, as well as being translated into five foreign languages. He is represented by Jennifer Jackson of the Donald Maass Literary Agency. THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON is his first novel.

Saladin lives near Detroit with his wife and twin children.

Hi! I’m fantasy writer, essayist, and copious tweeter Saladin Ahmed. I’m writing now to my readers, as I do a couple of times a year, to ask for help making ends meet.

Not familiar with my work? Here are a bunch of free short stories:, some of my essays:, and the first chapter of my Locus Award winning, Hugo and Nebula no...

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date: April 12, 2012 04:00PM
location: University of Michigan-Dearborn (Mardigian Library 2nd floor), 4901 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI, The United States
description: Join us as fantasy author Saladin Ahmed discusses his debut novel Throne of the Crescent Moon. Throne is one of the year's most anticipated fantasy novels and is reminiscent of The Arabian Nights. Ahmed will bring his novel to life through discussion of its images of Arab folklore.

Ahmed's short stories have been nominated for several writing awards and have been translated into five languages. His previous writings have appeared in numerous literary magazines and anthologies.

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“One can only know as much as one has lived to know, though it is certainly possible to learn a great deal less than this.”
Saladin Ahmed, Throne of the Crescent Moon

“Ahhh, God's balls! The Horrible Halt!" Adoulla pronounced the Dhamsawaati term for the complete standstill of traffic with a familiar disgust.”
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“I have served Almighty God as best as I can. I have failed at times, but "Perfection is the palace in which God alone lives.”
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December 2014 Fantasy Selection - The Runner's Up - Round 2

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65868 THRONE OF THE CRESCENT MOON Q&A / Discussion Group — 72 members — last activity Mar 14, 2016 04:23AM
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Ashley Phillips Can't wait for book two in the Crescent Moon series! :) Thanks for bringing such a unique story to us.

George You need to get some more books on your "read" list, young man.

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