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Episode Info: Saladin Ahmed is a fascinating cat. He’s best known as the Arab and Muslim American fantasy novelist who crafted Throne of the Crescent Moon which was nominated for the Hugo and won the Locus Award for best first novel. But his ethnicity also includes Polish and Irish, and his writing also includes short stories, articles, a stunning number of Tweets, and the new Marvel Comics series Black Bolt about the king of the Inhumans. We met at the Science Fiction Research Association conference in Detroit in 2012, and he was as fun and down to earth in person as he is online. When I learned that he was writing for Marvel I just knew I had to find out what it was like for him as a novelist to leap into the world of comics, and was delighted to learn that like me, he was a lifelong comics fan who’d always wanted to create comics, too. In today’s episode of MF GALAXY, Saladin Ahmed discusses: Which influential editors and which groundbreaking comics writer helped him get the gig How his shot at turning a D-list Marvel character such as Black Bolt into A-list potential gave him the chance to write one of his favourite Z-list characters into the story, and why What aspects of real-world politics about alienation and prison he wants to address with Black Bolt, and which others he won’t touch and why His personal connections to prison and knowledge of the secret life of prisoners, and why they matter How writing comics helps keep him safe from what he called a “good old-fashioned nervous breakdown” and liberated him from the soul-crushing and intimidating solitary grind of novel-writing Ahmed spoke with me by Skype from his home near Detroit on June 02, 2017. Saladin Ahmed’s Patreon Christian Ward CBR - Black Bolt sent to cosmic prisonRead more »

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