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    Islam in Science Fiction Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad launches a new web site looking at the world of Islam in the SFF genre. Islam in Science Fiction Muhammad
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      Islam in Science Fiction
      Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad launches a new web site looking at the world of
      Islam in the SFF genre.

      Islam in Science Fiction
      Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad launches a new web site looking at the world of
      Islam in the SFF genre.
      Muhammad Aurangzeb Ahmad dropped us a line to let us know that his new web
      site 'Islam in Sci-Fi' has just launched.

      Muhammad - aka von Aurum - says: "The site started when I was searching of
      some information on the topic online but did not find anything. So I decided why
      not make one myself."

      He coins the term Sultanpunk, saying on his site it is: "a neologism that I
      coined for a subgenre of Science Fiction stories set in anachoristic middle
      ages or in alternative history setting. The neologism is derived from the word
      'Sultan' which was frequently used for rulers in the Muslim world right upto the
      beginning of the 20th century. Sultanpunk is inspired in part by the
      Steampunk genre. Sultanpunk stories are usually set in the high middle ages and the
      setting is mostly an Islamic culture. Sultanpunk lies somewhere between the
      dystopian vision of cyberpunk and the optimistic vision of postcyberpunk.
      Sultanpunk is too recent to have generalizations made about it."

      The site looks at the world of Islam in SF films and novels, looks at Islam
      in parallel history, touches on SF written by muslims, and invites you to
      contribute to his soon to be released online library of original works of Islamic
      SFF short fiction.

      Check the site out at http://www.cs.rit.edu/~maa2454/SCIFI/islam_scifi.html


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      British Fantasy Awards 2004
      The winners are in ... read on!
      The British Fantasy awards were announced the other day.

      The winners were:-

      Best Novel (August Derleth Fantasy Award):
      Full Dark House by Christopher Fowler

      Best anthology:
      The Mammoth book of best new horror: Volume 14 ed Stephen Jones

      Best Short Fiction:
      American Waitress by Christopher Fowler (Crimewave #7)

      Best Collection:
      Told by The Dead by Ramsey Campbell

      Best Artist:
      Les Edwards

      Best small Press:
      PS Publishing

      Karl Edward Wagner award for services to the genre:
      Peter Jackson

      More details at www.britishfantasysociety.org.uk.


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