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A Spotlight on Jamil Nasir


A wonderful article and interview from last year on Apex Book of World SF contributor Jamil Nasir, by Nicholas Seeley:

"I think science fiction is a lot easier for people who are bi-cultural," he explains. "A lot of what science fiction does is overthrow assumptions that we have about the world, and it's much easier to do that if you've already had that experience. Being a participant in two societies, two cultures, which are so different, allows you to see that there are some things people think are cast in stone that are actually arbitrary."

"That's what science fiction is all about. The assumption that we make is that there's only one world, and that's the world that we live in; well, what if that weren't true?"

Nasir's childhood was split between the Middle East and America, and often in the center of violent and arbitrary events. His father, Sari Nasir, came from Jerusalem, his mother from Michigan. They met and married in Chicago, where Sari was studying sociology. Jamil was born in the United States, but in 1964, his father decided to take his family and return to his homeland in Palestine. - read the rest of this article.

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