Ahmed A. Khan

The Future of Futuristic Fiction, nonfiction, Issue 35, June 1, 2016

Birthday? 1959 

When did you start writing? I started writing stories - very childish ones, of course - when I was 6 or 7 years old. 

When and what and where did you first get published? 
My first publication was a poem in Urdu which I had written when I was about 17. My first English language publication was a science fiction story that appeared in 1984  in an Indian magazine called Science Today.

What themes do you like to write about? I love to write stories where intelligence triumphs over adversities.

What books and/or stories have most resonated with you as an author? Why? How do these stories and their characters find expression in your work? The stories/books that have resonated with me most in the English language were: The Pickwick Papers, Tom Sawyer, the Sherlock Holmes cannon, Dune, Tactics of Mistake, to name a few. I think these works resonated with me due to their positive connotations and appeal to intellect and logic. These stories find expression in my work in the most direct way possible. As indicated in answer to the previous question, I love writing stories about characters that overcome monumental odds using their faculties.

Ahmed A. Khan is a Canadian writer whose works have appeared in various venues like Interzone, Strange Horizons, Anotherealm, Starship Sofa, etc. He has also co-edited the seminal anthology of Islamic SF titled A Mosque Among the Stars.