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As is so often the case when terrible things are happening in the world and I’ve made all the calls I can and I still feel helpless, I reach out to SFF to find a way we can at least connect with one another . So let’s talk about SFF by Palestinian authors. There isn’t a lot of English (or it has been translated into English) but it’s still very readable.
The speculative fiction magazine Strange Horizons published a special Palestinian issue on March 29, 2021. There are short stories and poems to read.
Palestine + 100: Stories from the Post-Nakba Century Edited by Basma Ghalayini
An anthology of SFF short fiction by 12 Palestinian authors asked to imagine what 2048 will be like. The stories have been translated into English by Raph Cormack, Mohamed Ghalaieny, Andrew Leber, Thoraya El-Rayyes, Yasmine Seale and Jonathan Wright. (IIRC this anthology was inspired by Iraq + 100, which is also excellent.)
Wonderful travels in foreign lands by Sonia Nimr, translated by Marcia Lynx Qualey
Half historical novel, half fable, this is the story of a young Palestinian woman who travels the world (sometimes while disguising herself as a boy) to solve puzzles and go on adventures. She may never find a home for herself, but she is building a family. (The translator writes for Book Riot.)
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Reworlding Ramallah Published by Callum Copley
This anthology of short stories comes from a series of science fiction workshops conducted by Callum Copley. (This book will be shipped internationally.)
The Book of Disappearances by Ibtisam Azem, translated by Sinan Antoon
This deeply disturbing novel envisions a world where all Palestinians disappear at once, leaving their Israeli neighbors confused and terrified. A traumatized Jewish journalist examines and finds the diary of his missing neighbor, Alaa, in which he talks to his dead grandmother.
While it is obviously not a book, Palestinian director Larissa Sansour has made a trilogy of science fiction films. You can find out more about them at Mec Film together with In Vitro. There are VOD links, although unfortunately the films are only available in a few European countries.