Some people have asked about Arabic science fiction, so I’m starting a list of titles here. Please feel free to tell me of others…
- The Time Travels of the Man Who Sold Pickles and Sweets ( رحلات الطرشجي الحلوجي) by Egyptian Khairy Shalaby, translated to English by Michael Cooperson
- The Girl Who Fell to Earth
- Throne of the Crescent Moon
- This one is banned, and honestly I’m not sure I’d really want to read it, but it’s worth knowing about…حوجن
- Here’s a historical one…A True Story: Parallel English and Greek by Lucien de Samosate, the Syrian, who was born in the 2nd century when eastern Turkey was part of Syria, and whose tale A True Story concerned a voyage to the Moon: he was therefore one of the early proto-SF authors.
- Here are a couple “supernatural” story collections… The Square Moon: Supernatural Tales (Arabic Translation Award and The Seventh Heaven: Supernatural Tales
- There’s also the story “Jullanar” in 1001 Nights (which tells a mermaid tale).
- Future Files series by Egyptian Nabil Farouk – I would recommend his book “Tamima” to young adult readers
- إكسير الحياة / The Elixir of Life by Moroccan Mohammed Aziz El-Habbani
- الطوفان الأزرق / The Blue Deluge and other books by Moroccan Ahmed Abd El-Salam El-Baqqali – He writes for young adults, and his writing has been compared to Jules Verne and Ralph Ellison.
- مجرد حلم / Just a Dream by Moroccan Abd El-Rahim Buhayr – treats social and political issues
- السيد من حقل السبانخ / The Guy from the Spinach Field – futuristic novel about state politics, freedom, and illusions of freedom
- اجوان and sequel ماندان by Noura Noman – see this discussion and interview
- also see this discussion and this interview with Ana Barbaro
art: ‘Warrior’ by Matt Leines
And on the topic of science fiction, see Ed Finn’s post on science fiction in popular culture and higher education here.