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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Jamil Nasir  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: in Chicago

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Illinois Connection

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''.

Published Works

  • Quasar, Spectra, 1995
  • The Higher Space, Spectra, 1996
  • Tower of Dreams, Spectra, 1999
  • Distance Haze, Spectra, 2000
  • The Houses of Time, Tor Books, 2008

Selected Titles At Your Library

The higher space /
ISBN: 0553568876. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York :. 1996.

Tower of dreams /
ISBN: 0553580892. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York, NY :. 1999.

Distance haze /
ISBN: 0553579959. OCLC Number:

Bantam Books,. New York, NY :. 2000.

The houses of time /
ISBN: 0765306107. OCLC Number:

Tor,. New York :. 2008.

Aging, skirt-chasing lawyer David Grant studies lucid dreaming with Dr. Thotmoses at the Trans-Humanist Institute, hoping to dream up the most perfect woman possible and incidentally discover the underlying truth of life. When Grant falls in love with Thotmoses's daughter, Kat, he chases her through multiple dream worlds until he learns to control his dreams and propel himself into other realities. Soon he learns that Kat's family wants to use his abilities to plead on their behalf before God. As multiple realities flood his life, Grant believes himself insane and must choose whether to accept the godlike gifts he has been offered or live as a crazy person in a damaged body.


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

Speaking Engagements

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