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Al-Khalili, Jim

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

Working name of Iraqi-born broadcaster, physicist, academic and author Jameel Sadik Al-Khalili (1962-    ), in the UK from 1979; several of his nonfiction publications, beginning with Black Holes, Wormholes and Time Machines (1999), have been addressed to the intelligent general reader. He is of sf interest for his first novel, Sunfall (2019), describes a Near Future Disaster perhaps fatal to the planet, the sudden dissolution of the Earth's magnetosphere, which normally forms a natural shield against the Sun's more dangerous radiation. The tale competently touches on the variety of human responses to the possible End of the World: they range from the Religious, mostly uttered by the "saved", to the concerted efforts of scientists to figure a workaround to save us. Al-Khalili was appointed OBE in 2008. [JC]

Jameel Sadik Al-Khalili

born Baghdad, Iraq: 20 September 1962

works (highly selected)

  • Sunfall (London: Bantam Press, 2019) [hb/]


works as editor


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