Excerpt

Something I’m working on.

The man walked through the door with a gun. The gun looked dainty in his enormous hand, like a lollipop he really wanted to chew on. The way he pointed it on me was near apologetic. For a moment we merely stared at each other in silence.

‘It’s very Chandleresque of you,’ I said.

‘I beg your pardon?’

‘Chandler suggested you could always solve a plot problem by having a man walk through the door with a gun.’

‘I never liked Chandler,’ he said. ‘I’m more of a Dashiell Hammett fan.’

A Man Lies Dreaming Best of 2014 Selections

A Man Lies Dreaming is currently on a couple of year’s bests lists: it’s been picked by the Guardian (which previously reviewed it, calling it, in part, “a twisted masterpiece”) for their list of best SF novels of 2014, and also by the Scotland Herald for their list of best crime novels of 2014, saying:

Pushing hard at the boundaries of genre, daring us to classify it neatly, Lavie Tidhar’s A Man Lies Dreaming (Hodder and Stoughton, £18.99) reimagines Adolf Hitler as a deposed dictator forced to work as a private investigator on the mean streets of 1930s London. But as the book progresses we realise that the man called Wolf only exists in the mind of a Jewish writer imprisoned in Auschwitz. It’s bold, often brilliant, and avoids the pitfalls one might expect before crossing into the territory of speculative writers such as Philip K Dick.

2014 In Review

The publication of my short story, “Die”, in the anthology Dangerous Games a few days ago marks my final publication of the year. I thought I’d post a short round-up of everything I’d had out this year, after deciding to take it easy the year before. So.

Novels

I only had one novel out this year, A Man Lies Dreaming. I am very happy with it.

Comics

Adler is moving along… slowly. My only comic this year, as such, was the short A Man Named Wolf, done as a promotional giveaway for the novel. There was a limited print run of 50-70 copies, but you can read it online for free (or get it as a PDF).

Collections

My long delayed guns & sorcery collection, Black Gods Kiss (featuring the titular hero from Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God) finally appeared a short while ago. It’s a gorgeous edition, designed by my long-time artist Pedro Marques, and includes 5 long stories, including the brand-new novella “Kur-a-len” (a murder mystery set in a vast cemetery where both suspects and victim are already dead). And no, there’s no apostrophe.

Short Stories

I had about 20 stories out last year, and the year before. So this year I swore I’ll publish less. I ended up with 8, which isn’t so bad.

  • “Whaliens”. Analog, April 2014. Or how to win a Hugo. You can also read it online.
  • “Murder in the Cathedral”. Asimov’s Science Fiction, June 2014. A novelette “from the lost files of the Bookman Histories!”
  • “Vladimir Chong Chooses To Die”. Analog. September 2014. Final published story from my Central Station cycle. Already picked up for reprint in Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best SF 32. Which is nice!
  • “The Time-Slip Detective”. Tel Aviv Noir, September 2014. Weird crime story, in an anthology co-edited by Etgar Keret – which I happen to think is incredibly cool.
  • Selfies. Tor.com, September 2014. Horror. I guess September was a busy month.
  • “The Woman Who Fell In Love With The Hungerford Bridge”. Ambit #218 (October 2014). Lit.
  • The Rise and Fall of the Simian Empire. Interfictions, November, 2014. Giant apes.
  • “Die”. Dangerous Games, December 2014. Horror.

Next year

The American edition of The Violent Century will be out in February, and will include an exclusive new short story, “Aftermaths”, as well as a Q&A. You can pre-order it from Amazon. It should also be out at some point in Poland and Japan.

The limited edition of A Man Lies Dreaming will be out in the UK from PS Publishing (I hope!). It includes a huge amount of bonus material, and will also come bundled separately with the infamous Sebastian Bruce nazisploitation novella Lust of the Swastika (with a new scholarly introduction by me). Seriously, it will be an amazing book.

I have two mini-anthologies, co-edited with Rebecca Levene, scheduled for early next year. They’re very cool, with proceeds all going to a good charity. We’ll announce them soon!

I am also hoping to finally bring out a collected edition of all the Central Station stories. It’s not quite a collection and not quite a novel, but something in between…

At the moment I only have a couple of short stories scheduled for publication next year, one in the Brand Perfect Annual, and one in the George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois anthology Old Venus. And a short comic, with artist Sarah Ann Langton, provisionally titled “New Swabia”, in a forthcoming comics anthology.

Other plans include writing a new novel (finally!) as well as a non-fiction book with my friend Shimon Adaf, about Israeli fiction, pulp, poetry and politics. Sounds riveting, I know!

And, as always, lots of other things.

The International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award

Delighted to discover last night that The Violent Century has been longlisted for the International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award.

142 books have been nominated by libraries worldwide for the €100,000 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award, the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.

The longlist is nominated by librarians worldwide, which makes The Violent Century being on the longlist particularly rewarding.

How To Win a Hugo

So a while ago I analysed at great length took a nap and worked out all the elements you need to win a Hugo Award.

The result was a story called “Whaliens”, published earlier this year in Analog Magazine. It is currently reprinted online, under the title of “How To Win A Hugo Award”, over at Pornokitsch.

Follow this foolproof method and you, too, could win a Hugo! (though, since I was never even nominated for one, you should probably take this with a pinch of salt).