A New Manifesto for Islamic Science Fiction!
Ahmed A. Khan has posted Islamic Science Fiction Coming into Light, a new manifesto for, and discussion of, Islamic science fiction:
Religious or spiritual science fiction (SF) is an established sub-genre of speculative fiction. There are magazines like “Solaris Science Fiction” that cater specifically to this sub-genre of speculative fiction. Of the sub-sub-genres in this category, Christian SF has been quite prominent.
A Google search for “Christian SF” brings hundreds of hits. On the other hand, Islamic SF has been coming to prominence only of late, particularly through the existence of websites like islamscifi.com and IslamOnline.net.
At the risk of sounding immodest, I like to think that the publication of anthology, “A Mosque Among the Stars” (edited by Aurangzeb Ahmad and yours truly) contributed more awareness of Islamic SF and planted seeds for fresh discourses.
In view of this rising awareness, I think this is the right time to come up with a definition and a manifesto for Islamic SF.
What is Islamic Science Fiction?
First, let me make it clear that this manifesto is not being touted as a definitive word on Islamic SF. On the other hand, its purpose is to encourage debate and discussion so that more ideas are generated and the field is delineated in more and more detail as time goes by.
So what is Islamic SF? – continue reading!