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Alif the Unseen (Excerpt)

, || Alif is an Arab-Indian computer hacker in an unnamed repressive emirate to whom two bad things have just happened. The aristocratic woman he loves has dumped him for a prince chosen by her parents, and Alif's computer has been breached by the state's electronic surveillance. Then it turns out his lover's fiancé and the head of the government's electronic security are the same man. The security police come after Alif and he must go underground.

The Orc Renaissance: Race, Tolerance and Post-9/11 Western Fantasy

Orcs: grim, slimy, generally bald. They stink, they lurk. In Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, they are harbingers of evil, the dull-minded minions who carry out Sauron and Saruman’s infamous plans. Derived—according to Wikipedia, at any rate—from Orcus, the demonic-looking Roman god of death, and the subsequent Old English cognate orcneas, a fae race condemned by God, the orc is the embodiment of all that is emphatically bad in the black-and-white world Tolkien created, the world from which the bulk of modern, western fantasy descends.

[Tolkien, Peter Jackson, World of Warcraft, and the evolution of the orc…]

Alif the Unseen (Excerpt)

We invite you to take a look at this excerpt for G. Willow Wilson’s upcoming novel, Alif the Unseen. The author will be at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, so you should stop by and say hi! Also, here’s a little something to get you in on the action:

Alif is an Arab-Indian computer hacker in an unnamed repressive emirate to whom two bad things have just happened. The aristocratic woman he loves has dumped him for a prince chosen by her parents, and Alif’s computer has been breached by the state’s electronic surveillance. Then it turns out his lover’s fiancé and the head of the government’s electronic security are the same man. The security police come after Alif and he must go underground. In this scene, Alif and his friend Dina are searching for protection from an unlikely source.

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