The Literature Of ‘What If?’ With Sami Ahmad Khan

April 19 | 7:30PM
Crow HQ, Delhi
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Ever harboured a desire to write your own fantasy/ sci-fi novel? This April at the Imaginary Lands Series, join author Sami Ahmed Khan as he takes us through his creative journey of writing speculative fiction.

Speculative fiction is any fiction in which the “laws” of the world (explicit or implied) are different from ours. This genre takes our existing world and changes it by asking “What if…?” (What if zombies were real? What if the Nazis had won World War II? What if one man had x-ray vision…?) You may have the right question but where do you go from there?

Speculative fiction writing presents its own special challenges and a good guide is everything. So come and get started on your own Imaginary Land with Sami Ahmed Khan.

About Sami Ahmad Khan
Sami Ahmad Khan studied Literature at Delhi University, completed his master’s in English at JNU, and then went to the University of Iowa on a Fulbright grant. He holds a PhD degree in techno-culture studies from JNU. He has produced features for All India Radio and taught at IIT Delhi, JNU, Jindal Global University and the University of Iowa. He currently discusses life, language and literature at GGS Indraprastha University, Delhi. He is a member of the IASFS (Indian Association for Science Fiction Studies) and ISFWA (Indian Science Fiction Writers’ Association).

'Red Jihad', Sami’s debut thriller, won NBT’s National Debut Youth Fiction Award and Muse India Young Writer Award (Runner-up). He also won third prize in the US-based “Islamicate SF Short Story Contest” for his time-travel/alternate-history piece “Operation Mi’raj”. His short fiction, research papers and articles have appeared in leading magazines and journals across the globe. His second novel, 'Aliens in Delhi', will be out in April 2017.

This event is part of the Imaginary Lands series, curated every Wednesday night at Crow HQ. For more events, check out our calendar

About Crow HQ:
Crow HQ is a unique space in Hauz Khas Village, Delhi. Immersive theatre company, Crow is bringing it to life with workshops, talks and immersive experiences from Jan- June 2017. Check out our Imaginary Lands series every Wednesday night and our Design for Performance workshops on the weekends.

Workshop Contents

- Imagining SpecFic
- Approaching various arms of SpecFic: Mythology, Fantasy and Science Fiction
- (Creative) Writing and rewriting SpecFic
- Creating narratives, constructing worlds: plot, characterization and language in SpecFic
- Microtasks to get started on your own Imaginary Land.

How To Get There

When you enter the Hauz Khas village, go straight. Take the left at New York Slice (before the monument). Cross the kathi roll stands, a grocery store on your right, then one on the left. After this you'll see a board on your left that says "the electrical shop." Opposite that is a little lane going in. Enter it. It's the door in front of you, at the top of the steps.


Crow HQ, Delhi

42, Hauz Khas Tank, Block A 1, Deer Park, Hauz Khas, New Delhi, Delhi 110016

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