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General Information

Name:  Jamil Nasir  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: in Chicago

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He was born in Chicago, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Jamil Nasir is a writer, attorney, and novelist. He entered college at the age of fourteen and is currently an attorney at a Washington, DC, law firm and for a utility company. He worked variously as a carpenter, gardener, shop clerk, warehouse worker, apple picker and paralegal.He has also been a contributor to periodicals including: ''Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine'', ''Universe'', ''Interzone'' and ''Aboriginal SF''.

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Titles At Your Library

ISBN: 0553763148

Spectra. 1995

The Higher Space
ISBN: 0553568876

Spectra. 1996

A suburban lawyer's life is changed when he becomes involved in a seemingly simple custody battle that leads him to an enigmatic detective, a professor with dreams of immortality, and a doorway to a higher place

Tower of Dreams
ISBN: 0553580892

Spectra. 1999

In advertising, image is everything.

Blaine Ramsey has an unusual occupation. He travels to foreign countries and lives like a native. He drinks in the culture with his mind, body, and soul. And he does it all in the name of American capitalism. For Blaine is an Image digger, one of an elite few blessed with the power to "dream" authentic images from the deep unconscious of foreign lands that are turned into alluring, computer-animated packages used by advertisers to sell their products.

But in a dusty Middle Eastern villa, something goes terribly wrong. Blaine is haunted by the recurring Image of a young Arab beauty suffering a brutal attack. For Blaine, her Image becomes the seductive source of romantic obsession--and a nightmare from which he cannot escape. And as Blaine is about to discover, her appearance in his dreams foretells tragedy--a disaster the likes of which the world has never seen....

Distance Haze
ISBN: 0553579959

Spectra. 2000

If dreams are doorways, where do they take us?

The Deriwelle Institute has millions in funding, Nobel prize-winning scientists, and a mission that could be crazy--or about to change the world....

Science fiction writer Wayne Dolan--his career at a standstill and his life adrift--has just entered the Deriwelle Institute. Built on sacred Indian ground in southwest Michigan, it's posh, well funded...and perhaps the world's biggest hoax. At least that's what Wayne thinks. Using advanced technology, Deriwelle's scientists say they are on a mission to find God. In reality, one is a grieving father hoping to contact his dead child. Another has invented a baseball cap to measure unusual brain waves. Yet another says he has a vaccine to eliminate the genes that program humans to be religious.

Are they all crackpots? Maybe. But from the moment Wayne walks through the Institute's door, eerie events plague him: a recurring dream about a bank account number, visions of an ethereal girl, and the appearance of an old Indian shaman. Of course, Wayne sees the shaman only when he's asleep. And what is about to happen when Wayne is awake may be a nightmare of obsession, twisted desire, and secrets no human is ready to know....

The Houses of Time
ISBN: 0765306107

Tor Books/Tom Doherty Associates Books. 2008

David Grant has a singular talent--he can affect the course of his dreams.

Quite by chance, he discovers the existence of the Trans-Humanist Institute and their lucid dreaming lessons. He discovers that under the tutelage of Dr. Thotmoses he has more control over his dreams. However, his talent soon runs away with him and he visits dreamplaces while awake. The waking world and the dreaming world collide. Grant ends up sedated in a hellish mental institution . . . but escapes through his lucid dreams, which he is beginning to control--though the control is far from perfect.

Grant discovers, to his horror, that Dr. Thotmoses belongs to the Caucasus Synod Western Orthodox Church, and that they have been grooming him because of his fantastic dreaming talents. Only someone with his talent at manipulating reality and dream can bring their prayer to the Divine Presence in the universe. Many have tried this journey, few have succeeded. Those who have returned successful are rewarded beyond their wildest dreams.


Philip K. Dick Award for Best Novel nomination, Grand Prix de l'Imaginaire for foreign novel for ''Tower of Dreams'' L. Ron Hubbard Writers of the Future Contest winner

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