Haris Durrani is the author of Technologies of the Self (Brain Mill Press, 2016), winner of the Driftless Novella Contest. His short story “Forty-two Reasons Your Girlfriend Works for the FBI, CIA, NSA, ICE, S.H.I.E.L.D., Fringe Division, Men in Black, or Cylon Overlords” (Buffalo Almanack, 2015) was reprinted in the special 50th Issue of McSweeney's Quarterly Concern (2017). His novelette Tethered (Analog Science Fiction and Fact, July-August 2013; reprinted in Lightspeed, May 2016) was a Writers of the Future Semifinalist. His most recent literary publications include two stories set in the world of Technologies of the Self: a novelette, Ciguapa (The Harvard Advocate, Winter 2018), and a short story, The Unlikely Bedfellow (The Lifted Brow, Fall 2017; reprinted in The Morningside Monocle, Winter 2018).
Buffalo Almanack editor Maxine Vande Vaarst describes his work as “stories about colonialism, neoliberalism, conspiracy bullshit, and a Trumped-out America at the gates of hell.” His other fiction, creative essays, and memoirs have appeared in Catapult, Mithila Review, Skin Deep, Media Diversified, and The Fantasist. He edited The Best Teen Writing of 2012. He is a 2009 alum of the Alpha Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Workshop for Young Writers and was a 2011 Portfolio Gold Medalist in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, for which he currently serves on the Alumni Council.
Haris is also an academic. His most recent article, " 'Our Window on the World': Life in the Orbital Heterotopia of the International Space Station," won the Sacknoff Prize for Space History and is forthcoming from Quest: The History of Spaceflight (2018). Another article, "Interpreting 'Space Resources Obtained': Historical and Postcolonial Interventions in the Law of Commercial Space Mining," is forthcoming from the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law (2018). His other scholarly essays and articles have appeared in The New Inquiry, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Poet's Country, Comparative Islamic Studies, and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law's The Bulletin.
He is a J.D. candidate at Columbia Law School and a Ph.D candidate in History of Science at Princeton University. His academic work focuses on the intersections between technology, colonialism, and disenfranchised communities, with an eye on space law. He holds an M.Phil in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge, where he researched the international politics of spaceflight and debates in medieval Islamicate science and philosophy. He also holds a B.S. in Applied Physics from Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science, where he minored in Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies and co-founded the Muslim Protagonist Literary Symposium on “literature as an agent of social change” for Muslim communities and allies. When he grows up, he would like to live on Gliese 581 g, if it exists.