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Arabic Sci-fi talk at EuroCon 2016

Spanish sci-fi and fantasy writer and editor, Cristina Jurado, will be giving a presentation (in Spanish) on Arabic science fiction during EuroCon 2016

The European Convention of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror taking place between November 4th to the 6th in Barcelona (Spain). Her intriguing talk title is “La ciencia ficción en los países árabes: retos, características y nombres propios” (Science fiction in Arab countries: challenges, characteristics and names). Jurado will provide insights about the current situation of genre literature in Arabic. She said:

“This presentation intents to fill a gap in Spanish fandom. Today, the genre is open to diversity from different communities and cultures, but still science fiction in Arabic is a very unknown territory for Westerners. I hope attendees will get to learn about a type of literature that is gaining a lot of attention in the Arab world, like Ahmed Saadawi who won the 2014 International Prize for Arabic Fiction for Frankenstein in Baghdad, an unprecedented achievement.”

The event is scheduled for Friday November 4th at 3:30 pm (Spain’s time) and can be followed live from the following link:


Cristina Jurado at is a science fiction and fantasy author who writes in Spanish and English. She is also editor of SuperSonic, the first semi-professional bilingual sci-fi and fantasy magazine, featuring fiction and no-fiction in both languages. She also edited Spanish Women of Wonder, the first anthology of science fiction short stories written by women in Spanish. A regular contributor to genre anthologies and magazines, Jurado’s works in English can be read in The Best of Spanish Steampunk (Nevsky 2015), as well as in SuperSonic #6.

For more information, please contact her at

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Bradford Literature Festival

Sindbad Sci-Fi is excited to partner with this year’s Bradford Literature Festival – located in one of the most most vibrant cities in the UK.

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Islamicate Science Fiction

Saturday, 21st May 2016 | 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm | University of Bradford

Our panel will talk about their own work and Arabic sci-fi more broadly, touching on lesser known work from past authors as they explore the themes, worlds and wonders this exciting genre contains and examine its place within Islamicate fiction more generally.
Yasmin Khan of website Sindbad Sci-Fi, which is dedicated to promoting Arab science-fiction, moderates the discussion. She’s joined by writer, artist and calligrapher Razwan Ul Haq, whose flowing pieces are coloured with otherworldly influences and cosmological themes; fantasy author Rehan Khan, whose latest book ‘Last of the Tasburai’ centres around a sword-wielding heroine’s struggle against massing evil and the ghosts of her past; and Naomi Foyle, author of ‘The Gaia Chronicles’, a science-fantasy quartet set in a post-fossil fuel Mesopotamia.


Naomi Foyle is the author of ‘The Gaia Chronicles’, a planned quartet currently comprising ‘Astra’, ‘Rook Song’ and ‘The Blood of the Hoopoe’. Also an award-winning poet and a non-Muslim Fellow of the Muslim Institute, Naomi co-founded British Writers In Support of Palestine. Read our book review of Astra here.

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Rehan Khan was born in Wimbledon, close to the quintessential All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. As a child he loved listening to swashbuckling tales of heroism and valor. His debut novel is ‘Last of the Tasburai’ (2014). He is also a professor of management and leadership.

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Razwan Ul-Haq is a British Muslim artist with a wide range of artistic styles. His work can be described as experiential Islamic Art, a post-modern reflection that draws from the well that fed the traditional calligraphic foundations of Islamic Art. Razwan uses a number of science fiction motifs in his work.

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Yasmin Khan is the producer of Sindbad Sci-Fi, which seeks to engage audiences in discovering the interconnections of science fiction across the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia and exploring relationships between culture and innovation. Yasmin has partnered with a diverse range of clients and artists to deliver major exhibitions and events across the museums, heritage and creative sectors.

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See the full festival programme:


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Orkney Science Festival

Sindbad Sci-Fi is delighted to partner with the 2015 Orkney International Science Festival to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary, the International Year of Light, and the centenary of Einstein’s theory of general relativity. Join us for this fantastic voyage!


The Grimond Lecture
Yasmin Khan describes how science fiction, often seen as the ultimate bridge between science and the arts, is becoming increasingly popular in the Middle East – which once gave the world the tales of Sindbad’s adventures. Could the new wave of Arab SF enable the next generation to envision an alternative future – and inspire new waves of scientific development in the Arab world and beyond?

7 September  2015 | 2 pm

Kirkwall |Town Hall | Broad Street | KW15 1DH

The idyllic Orkney Islands are North of Scotland. The capital of the islands is Kirkwall situated near the center of the Mainland.

Click here for travel information or browse Visit Orkney.

TICKETS £4 | £2

BOOK here

See the full festival programme: 

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Shubbak Festival partners with Sindbad Sci-Fi




From utopian dreams to dystopian nightmares, could a new wave of Arabic science fiction spur us to reimagine alternative futures in the Middle East and beyond?

Sindbad Sci-Fi’s producer Yasmin Khan joins forces with Shubbak to beam up a stellar panel of visionary writers, including Egyptian Ahmed Khaled Towfik, author of Utopia, Iraqi Ahmed Saadawi, the author of the IPAF-winning Frankenstein in Baghdad and Iraqi playwright Hassan Abdulrazzak, author of a short story about an alien invasion of Baghdad.

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Tickets: £5/£4 over 60s/£3 students and other concessions

Day Pass: £15/£12 over 60s/£10 students and other concessions

Weekend Pass: £26/£20 over 60s/£16 students and other concessions
Booking fees may apply


or call: 01937 546546

VENUE: The British Library
Conference Centre
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB

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Programme developed in partnership with Saqi Books and the British Library

Supported by British Council, Open Society FoundationsArab Fund for Arts and Culture – AFACInternational Prize for Arabic Fiction, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing and Banipal

Part of the Shubbak Literature Festival

Check out the event highlights in this Twitter Storify:


Prize winners!

1. Gerard Early
2. Arfa Ruhee
3. Zeba Asghar
4. Michelle Eskiwazi
5. Naima Benaye
6. Peter Abberle
7. Simon Fox
8. Frances Winfield
9. Debora Bradley
10. Subayda Said Mahamed

Prize Draw

As part of our exciting Sindbad Sci-Fi event at the Science Museum on 15 November, all participants will have the chance to enter our prize-draw to win even more books on the night!

Browse through this fabulous selection of Science Fiction which we’ve been busy harvesting from our generous publisher friends and authors especially for you to enjoy.

Download the full description booklet here: Books for Sindbad Sci-Fi Prize-Draw

Which title would you most like to win?











*****BOOK PRIZES*****

1. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed (Courtesy of Gollancz)

A traditional swords and sorcery fantasy set in a very untraditional world.


2. THE 99 Produced by Naif Al-Mutawa

The first comic featuring superheroes based on an Islamic archetype.


3. Ajwan and Madnan by Noura Al-Nouman

A space saga series for young adults written in Arabic.


4. Astra by Naomi Foyle

An allegory for the Israeli occupation of Palestine.


5. Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

A dystopian gothic horror novel set in a future vision of Iraq after western invasion.


6. Phoenix by SF Said,

A spiritual space adventure illustrated by Dave McKean


7. The Apex Book of World SF, Edited by Lavie Tidhar

An anthology featuring a short story written by Jamil Nasir.


8. The Apex Book of World SF III, Edited by Lavie Tidhar

A newly published anthology featuring a short story by Amal El-Mohtar.


9. Hieroglyph: Stories Visions for a Better Future , Edited by Ed Finn and Kathryn Cramer

An anthology that reignites an optimistic vision of the future.


10. Utopia by Ahmed Towfik

A grim futuristic account of Egyptian society in the year 2023.


With special thanks to Noura Al-Noman, Apex Book Company, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Publishing,  Ed Finn, Naomi Foyle, Gollancz, , RUYA Foundation, SF Said and Tashkeel Media Group for their kind generosity.

Sindbad Sci-Fi news feature in The National!

As we begin the countdown  to our Sindbad Sci-Fi event on Saturday check out this exciting preview:

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Arab science fiction in the here and now By Ben East

9th November 2014

“A year ago, the question was really: ‘Does contemporary Arab science fiction even exist?’” says Khan. “Now it’s a case of following the trail. I find new things every day

Read the full article here:

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ARAB SCIENCE FICTION: From Imagination to Innovation

Saturday 15 November • 19:00 – 21:00 (Doors open 18:30)

Science Museum | London | South Kensington

BBC broadcaster, Samira Ahmed chairs a stellar panel of visionary thinkers who offer new perspectives on whether nurturing creativity through science fiction could be more crucial to our global progress than we might realise.

What is the link between technological innovation and artistic imagination? Science fiction is often thought to be the ultimate bridge between science and the arts. Could exploring this symbiotic relationship enable the next generation to envision an alternative future of the Middle East? Can inventive forms of art, film and literature help to inspire new waves of scientific development in the Arab world today and beyond?

In true geek spirit, this event is about brokering dialogue and engagement between different spheres; science and the arts, ‘East’ and ‘West’, academia and popular culture. And we also hope participants will have a good time!

 £10 Full  | £8 Concession

Book Online here

Groups Discounts:
5-9 people: 10% off total amount (Call 0870 870 4868 and quote SINDBAD10)
10+ people: 20% off total amount (Call 0870 870 4868 and quote SINDBAD20)

This event is produced in partnership with the Nour Festival as a sequel to the ground-breaking salon held at the Dana Centre in 2013. Read a review of the 2013 event on the BBC website.

Press quotes

‘…a fantastic evening.’ (Amal El-Mohtar,

‘…if the buzzing enthusiasm of the sold-out audience at the Dana Centre was anything to go by, Arab sci-fi’s place in the future it seeks to understand seems assured.’ (Lydia Green, BBC)


Ticket holders will each receive exclusive signed copies of  HWJN and Hunaak! (Somewhere) which are amongst the best-selling Sci-Fi novels from the Arab region, courtesy of  Yatakhayaloon.




Sindbad Sci-Fi Presents the World at Worldcon: Arabic SF/F

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Fantastical storytelling in Arabic doesn’t begin with and end with The Thousand and One Nights; in fact there is a long history of speculative fiction in Arabic, stretching all the way back to medieval intellectuals like al-Farabi and Ibn al-Nafis. This panel will explore the past, present and future of Arab and Arabic Science Fiction Narratives, incluyding authors writing in Arabic- such as Ahmed Khalid Towfik and Noura al-Nouman – and the work of members of the Arab diaspora, such as Amal El-Mohtar and Saladin Ahmed.

SPEAKERS: Ibrahim Abbas, Noura Al-Nouman, Yasser Bahjatt and Amal El-Mohtar

VENUE: Capital Suite 8+11, Excel, London Dockland, UK

Join us!