(1971- ) Pakistani-born author, mainly in US and UK from early childhood, though more recently in Pakistan. He began to publish work of genre interest with "Of Windows and Doors" (14 November The New Yorker), an excerpt (released before the book's release) from his first novel of sf interest, Exit West (2017), which is set in an unspecified City in an unspecified Near Future (see Mainstream Writers of SF), though the narrative is in fact intensely conveyed and full of particularized sensory impact. Its protagonists, having discovered a form of Matter Transmission via portals, travel instantaneously to various parts of the planet that seem less tortured. Their experiences, in California and elsewhere, make up a kind of anthology of migrant experiences in the early twenty-first century.
Hamid's earlier novels, beginning with Moth Smoke (2000), are nonfantastic, while at the same time importing, through their vivid though structurally estranged renderings of lives intersecting across the planet in times of stress, an unusually vivid sense of the front edge of the contemporary. [JC]
born Lahore, Pakistan: 1971