Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged from Iraq by Hassan Blasim Zhraa Alhaboby Online

Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged from Iraq
Title : Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged from Iraq
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ISBN : 9781250161321
Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 224

Iraq + 100 poses a question to contemporary Iraqi writers: what might your home city look like in the year 2103 – exactly 100 years after the disastrous American and British-led invasion of Iraq? How might that war reach across a century of repair and rebirth, and affect the state of the country – its politics, its religion, its language, its culture – and how might Iraq hIraq + 100 poses a question to contemporary Iraqi writers: what might your home city look like in the year 2103 – exactly 100 years after the disastrous American and British-led invasion of Iraq? How might that war reach across a century of repair and rebirth, and affect the state of the country – its politics, its religion, its language, its culture – and how might Iraq have finally escaped its chaos, and found its own peace, a hundred years down the line? As well as being an exercise in escaping the politics of the present, this anthology is also an opportunity for a hotbed of contemporary Arabic writers to offer its own spin on science fiction and fantasy.


Iraq + 100: The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have Emerged from Iraq Reviews

  • Taryn

    3.5 Stars. Ten short stories by Iraqi writers envisioning Iraq 100 years after the US-led invasion. I love short speculative fiction, but I was mostly interested in this book because I have a huge blind spot in my knowledge about Iraq. Everything I've read about Iraq has been from the perspective of the American military or Western journalists! I had trouble nailing down the central message of some of the stories, but I recognize this book's importance. These futuristic tales provide insight int [...]

  • Lata

    2.5 stars. This was a somewhat slow read. There are a number of stories in this collection, all imagining what Iraq could be like in 100 years. A few of the stories felt like scifi, while a couple of others felt more like literary fiction. I particularly enjoyed the last story, which ended on a somewhat sad note.Some of the stories felt uneven, or abrupt, and were at times sad, wistful, humorous (though more on the black humour side than anything). I found a couple of the stories also seemed to [...]

  • Ronald Morton

    The overall premise on this book ("Iraq + 100 poses a question to contemporary Iraqi writers: what might your home city look like in the year 2103 – exactly 100 years after the disastrous American and British-led invasion of Iraq?") appealed to me - I'm a big fan of speculative fiction and literature in translation, and the premise is simply compelling on it's own. Unfortunately I didn't feel that the execution lived up to the premise. There are some good pieces in here (Hassan Blasim's contri [...]

  • Margaret

    In the introduction, editor Hassan Blasim explains that contemporary Iraqi literature typically sticks to realism and veers away from science fiction and fantasy. But he sees SFF as a way to imagine a different future, something he feels needs to happen more often. So he pitched the idea: what might your home city look like in the year 2103—exactly 100 years after the disastrous American and British-led invasion of Iraq? And the 10 stories from these Iraqi authors are the ones he chose to comp [...]

  • Noor

    I received an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. "And to her, it seemed more attractive than anything this artificial world had to offer, this place where everything you touched became obsolete because you touched it, everything you said became a lie because you said it." This collection was largely disappointing. Although this short story collection is advertised as science fiction, most of the stories read more like literary fiction, despite the su [...]

  • Callum McAllister

    Some of these were 4 stars, others were 3 - so it's really a 3.5 (even though overly qualifying stars is a pet peeve of mine). Besides some particular standout stories, I also appreciated the project of this collection and want to see more like it.

  • Alvaro Zinos-Amaro

    Hassan Blasim’s editorial call in Iraq + 100, originally suggested to him by his publisher, is a fascinating one—“imagine Iraq a hundred years after the US occupation, through short fiction”—and it has engendered a must-read anthology. In his Foreword, Blasim makes a number of interesting observations as he relates the challenge of getting stories for this project. “Perhaps unsurprisingly,” he says, “it was difficult to persuade many Iraqi writers to write stories set in the futu [...]

  • Sarah

    Review originally written for my blogFirst I’d like to thank Macmillan-Tor for the ARC of this book. It had been on my to-read list for a while as it looked perfect for my Read Around the World challenge and so when I saw it was being re-released I jumped at the chance to get an ARC.This is a collection of short stories all set 100 years in the future and all written by Iraqi authors and translated by a variety of translators. It’s incredibly fascinating to see all the different ideas they h [...]

  • Emily

    Watch a mini-review in my August 2017 wrap up!I received an advanced ebook of this collection from the publisher through NetGalley.Overall, I found this to be a solid short fiction collection. A few stories were definitely not for me, but others I really, really enjoyed. That wide range landed the collection three stars from me. My favorite story in the collection was "Bagdad Syndrome"--I absolutely LOVED this one. I found that the language itself often felt a bit stiff and formal, particularly [...]

  • Jessica

    8/31/2017 - I love science fiction anthologies & I'm excited to see one featuring Iraqi authors! 1. Kahramana by Anoud - ***2. The Gardens of Babylon by Hassan Blasim - **Strange3. The Corporal by Ali Bader - *****4. The Worker by Diaa Jubaili - ****This one had pieces of history woven into the story, though the "present day" in 100 years was bleak5. The Day by Day Mosque by Mortada Gzar - *What??! Why are they collecting people's snot? Why do they want to reverse everything? So confusing!!6 [...]

  • Michael Whiteman

    This collection of stories from Iraqi and Iraqi diaspora writers imagines the country 100 years after the 2003 invasion. It suffers from the unevenness of a lot of collections but the unifying theme means most stories have an interesting angle on even well-worn concepts. The introduction mentions that speculative fiction is not widely produced in Iraqi literature and this does show through in the SF ideas and structures employed. However, the settings and points of view keep things fresh through [...]

  • Jalal Hasan

    Why I wrote my story in this book "The Prison of Here and Now"? May be just to say: “I am not from Fallujah”In the seventies, when I was a little Baghdadi kid, playing Hide and seek, Marbles or “The shit will leak from his butt” (It was a real game believe it or not.) I had a son of one of my 7 aunties named “Falah” who looks exactly like Richard Gear in “Breathless”, joined “The Arabic Navigation Company” and disappeared for a while, but when he came back a few months after, [...]

  • Aaron Mullis

    The concept for the book was very interesting. It provided good insight into the mind of Iraqis. There was a wide variety of stories of varying levels of complexity. The level of development of most of the stories is reminiscent of the pulp era science fiction in the US although the writers were attempting s level of reflection on their society and the world that was missing from such pulp era pieces. Many of the stories used science fiction elements or tropes (time travel, etc) to actually disc [...]

  • Sam Schroder

    Sundays are for relaxing. Today I've spent some time on my comfy reading chair, finishing the last couple of stories in this collection. The premise of the book is simple, Iraqi writers were asked to imagine Iraq 100 years from now and write a short story. I love how different they are, how many ways the future may potentially evolve, and how the current political climate echoes in the stories in so many different ways. And I love that I have been exposed to Iraqi writing for the first time. I w [...]

  • Tim

    Want to see how the marketing of a book is affected by who publishes it? Look at Iraq + 100, a collection of stories by 10 Iraqi authors imagining how their country would look 100 years after the 2003 invasion and subsequent occupation by the United States. When originally released in the U.S. last December, the book was subtitled Stories from Another Iraq. Forge, an imprint of noted science fiction publisher Tor Books, has changed the subtitle to The First Anthology of Science Fiction to Have E [...]

  • Denise

    This wasn't my favorite short story collection but there were some gems, with the last two stories being my favorites. Not sure if the topic constraint or translation issues were what bugged me, but in general I'm glad that this exists and I want to see more things like it.

  • Margaret Sankey

    Blasim asked contemporary Iraqi authors to write short pieces speculating on their homeland in the year 2103, and the prompt resulted in this collection of stories that span science-fiction, a clever twist on the aṣḥāb al kahf (People of the Cave), sharp political critique, a vision of Baghdad as Chinese-built domes to protect against desertification, and the way the giant 1970 concrete statue of "The Worker" sees a century pass before being stuck in a museum and mistaken for Saddam Hussein [...]

  • jzthompson

    A really interesting collection. Everything here is well worth a read, but inevitably some in a collection like this will be more to your taste than others. For me the real stand-outs were Kuszib, Baghdad Syndrome and Najufa. But generally speaking the stories that engaged most directly with the science fiction idiom were the most rewarding, with some of the absurdist/magical-realist entries being less essential. I don't know if it formed part of the submission guidelines, but there was a runnin [...]

  • Samantha Harrington

    This is such a diverse and interesting collection. I love the concept and think it takes on an important and intense mission. Some of the writing at times felt like it suffered from clunky translation and I wish my Arabic were good enough to read the originals. Baghdad Syndrome has to be one of the most beautiful stories I've ever read. I also loved the Prison story. I'm excited to check out more works by the featured authors.

  • Brendon

    I have very mixed feelings about this collection.

  • س

    Some gems in this uneven collection.

  • Jamie Bradway

    This is a mixed bag, but there are a few quality works. If you get two or three stories in an experimental collection like this that hit home, that counts as a success, I think.

  • Becky

    This book is a collection of short stories by different Iraqi authors imagining Iraq in the year 2103. The imagined futures in Iraq varied from a place where humans are subjugated by alien invaders, to a peaceful paradise (while the US is overrun with terrorism and religious extremism), to a nation where all languages except Chinese are illegal and anyone caught speaking an illegal language is compressed into a diamond to decorate the dictator's clothing, to a land facing mass starvation due to [...]

  • Joy

    I believe I saw this mentioned on one of the book blogs I follow, and as I'm trying to widen the range of voices I read I picked it up right away. The premise is simple and contained within the title - Iraqi writers wrote about Iraq in one hundred years, in a variety of genres, and their stories are collected here.There is a lot to learn from these stories, not only about Iraq and its people but how they see Westerners, especially those who have waged bloody war over WMDs and oil over the past t [...]

  • Cristina

    osrascunhos/2017/09/13/irNão se tratando de um país com tradição em ficção científica, os organizadores desta antologia convidaram uma série de escritores a apresentarem contos que se passassem no futuro. De perspectivas diversas, na sua maioria bem escritas e de boa direcção narrativa, as histórias deste volume não formam uma excelente compilação de ficção científica, ainda que algumas das histórias sejam excelentes.Depois de uma introdução que pretende enquadrar, quer a ori [...]

  • Heidi Svendsen

    This book contains short stories about Iraq, and the only criteria the authors needed to meet was that the stories should happen 100 years into the future. Other than that they could write about what they wanted. As it is a selection of short stories, some of them was not for me, and others was just perfect. I still found most of them intriguing and surprising.In a country so characterized by war, it was nice to read about 100 years into the future. Some of the stories showed an author still ful [...]

  • Todd

    An interesting theory for a book -- but a theory doesn't by itself make a great book. This anthology from an array of Iraqi authors has an odd stylistically uniform feel. Seemingly most all of the stories had what was meant to have an ironic "gotcha!" finish, a cynical "same as it ever was" twist, et al. Maybe the pay-off for this type of writing works better in it's native Arabic language -- maybe it has more "punch"? Maybe my tepid response to this book is purely a cultural disconnect, and I'm [...]

  • Kookie

    Short sci-fi stories written by Iraqis that take place in Iraq 100 years after Desert Storm. Very interesting concept. You could tell that some of the writers weren't 100% comfortable with the genre, but there were at least two or three that were incredible. Worth a read for the novelty, if nothing else. And for Western readers it is important, so we see what Desert Storm looked like from the other side.

  • Catherine

    4.5. This was a very special read for me and one that I had been looking forward to! While a couple of the stories didn’t really click with me, I was very impressed with the majority of them and found the writing and ideas beautiful.This is something that I definitely want to reread just to let the content sink in a bit more and to give myself more of a chance to review each story since I zipped through it kind of quickly.

  • James Eckman

    The introduction to these shorts says that there is no tradition of Iraqi SF. While some stories come thru as SF, most feel like magical realism or Wellsian social commentary. None of the are happy, which given the recent history of Iraq is not shocking, an interesting, if unhappy read with a different take on the SF genre.