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El-Mohtar, Amal

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author, Editor.

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(1984-    ) Canadian author, poet and editor who first began to publish work of genre interest with "The Crow's Caw" in Shimmer magazine for Summer 2006. She co-edited the online genre Poetry magazine Goblin Fruit (eight issues, 2008-2016), initially with Jessica P Wick and latterly with Caitlin Paxson. The Honey Month (coll 2010 chap) assembles honey-themed tales and verse, including one of her three Rhysling Award-winning poems.

El-Mohtar's short fantasy fiction has received wide attention, with "The Truth About Owls" (in Kaleidoscope, anth 2014, ed Alisa Krasnostein and Julia Rios) winning a Locus Award as best short story and "Seasons of Glass and Iron" (in The Starlit Wood: New Fairy Tales, anth 2016, ed Dominik Parisien and Navah Wolfe) winning a Hugo, Locus Award and Nebula as best short story.

Of direct sf interest is the novella-length This Is How You Lose the Time War (2019) with Max Gladstone, telling of an epistolary love affair between Posthuman women on opposite sides of a Changewar; this won a BSFA Award as best shorter fiction and a Nebula, Locus Award and Hugo as best novella. [DRL]

Amal El-Mohtar

born Ottawa, Ontario: 13 December 1984


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