By Saad Z Hossain
Indelbed is a lonely kid living in a crumbling mansion in the super dense, super chaotic third-world capital of Bangladesh. His father, Dr Kaikobad, is the black sheep of their clan, the once-illustrious Khan Rahman family. A drunken loutish widower, he refuses to allow Indelbed to go to school, and the only thing Indelbed knows about his mother is the official cause of her early demise: "Death by Indelbed."
But when Dr Kaikobad falls into a supernatural coma, Indelbed and his older cousin, the wise-cracking slacker Rais, learn that Indelbed's dad was in fact a magician—and a trusted emissary to the djinn world. And the djinns, as it turns out, are displeased. A "hunt" has been announced, and ten year-old Indelbed is the prey. Still reeling from the fact that genies actually exist, Indelbed finds himself on the run. Soon, the boys are at the center of a great djinn controversy, one tied to the continuing fallout from an ancient war, with ramifications for the future of life as we know it.
Saad Z Hossain writes in a niche genre of fantasy, science fiction and black comedy with an action-adventure twist. His debut novel Escape From Baghdad! was included in the Financial Times' Best Books of 2015. He was published in the anthologies The Apex Book of World SF: Volume 4 and The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories. He lives and works in Dhaka, Bangladesh.