Amal El Mohtar

Amal El Mohtar is a Canadian poet, author, and editor. She is known for her speculative fiction and fantasy works, including the Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning novella 'This Is How You Lose the Time War', co-written with Max Gladstone. El Mohtar's work often explores themes of identity, culture, and mythology. She has also served as the Otherworldly columnist for The New York Times Book Review.


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  1. 1. This Is How You Lose The Time War

    In this epistolary science fiction novel, two rival agents, Red and Blue, find themselves on opposite sides of a sprawling temporal conflict known as the Time War. As they carry out missions to manipulate the strands of history for their respective factions, their paths cross in unexpected ways. Through a series of secret letters left across time and space, what begins as taunting correspondence evolves into a deep, forbidden connection. The narrative weaves a complex tapestry of time-travel and intrigue, exploring themes of love, identity, and the consequences of actions within the ever-shifting sands of time. As their bond deepens, Red and Blue must ultimately decide where their loyalties lie and what sacrifices they are willing to make for a chance at a future together.

    The 8942nd Greatest Book of All Time