SFF and Horror Novelist Ahmed Khaled Tawfik, ‘Pop Culture Godfather,’ Dies at 55


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Reply ↓ Commonly called “the Godfather,” the popular blogger Zeinobia called Towfik the “Pop Culture godfather of a whole generation of Egyptians,” adding on Twitter that he was one of the few   “intellectual figures and public figures in Egypt that believed we should mourn the Egyptians who died in #Rabaa and was not afraid of expressing this in public.”
Towfik’s books were particularly concerned with widening class divides, as evidenced in   Utopia   and other near-future dystopias. Jackets from a few of his books:

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Andy

April 3, 2018 • 9:32 am

This is a shock. Utopia, set in a dystopian Egypt of 2023, in many ways feels in many ways quite similar to (an exaggerated version) of Egypt 2010: The wealthy live in a secured compound on the Mediterranean while the poor live down in Cairo in polluted, broken-down, hardscrabble conditions. More:   Towfik’s Goodreads page   and blog. Ahmed Khaled Towfik was one of the warmest, most charming, most modest men I’ve ever met. Towfik also translated English-language science fiction into Arabic, including works by   Ray Bradbury, Arthur Clarke, Isaac Asimov. LikeLiked by 1 person

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mlynxqualey

April 3, 2018 • 9:40 am

I think if Ahmed felt any horror, it was on behalf of the fates of others & especially his beloved fellow countrymen/women. Chip Rossetti —   died Monday:
The popular and prolific author, who died in the northern city of   Gharbia, was just 55. Chip Rossetti, was a finalist for the   2012 Science Fiction and Fantasy Translation Awards. Since that time in 2011 he frequently sent me email greetings on both Christian and Muslim holidays, always decorated with lively emojis. I doubt there was any true horror in dear Ahmed’s soul. According to the BBC, the author suffered a sudden health crisis. Somewhere in his collection are photos I took of him recreating the famous zebra crossing album cover. I had the pleasure of accompanying him on his trip to London, where one of the sights he wanted to see was the Abbey Road studios. In an interview with BBC, Towfik had said his work became more pessimistic after January 25, 2011. Egyptian prominent author Ahmed Khaled Towfik (1962-2018) — author of more than 200 novels, including Utopia,   tr. Zeinobia remembered him in a thread:

As a teenager, I was attracted to the teenagehood pop fiction written by Ahmed Khaled Tawfik #AKT and his book series "Metaphysics" starring an old cynical Egyptian physician Rifaat Ismail and Nabil Farouk and his version of James Bond a la Egyptian Adham Sabry
— Zeinobia (@Zeinobia) April 2, 2018

oh and yes Ahmed Khaled Tawfik was not that sophisticated writer and he used to write pop sci-fi for teenagers but at least he was more honest, more respectful than big names spoke about justice and revolution in fiction and stood with injustice and dictatorship
— Zeinobia (@Zeinobia) April 2, 2018

Towfik’s engaging novel Utopia,   tr.