A Man Lies Dreaming

My new novel is out October 23rd from Hodder & Stoughton. The official announcement is here.

Pre-orders are available from Amazon and Waterstones.

A Man Lies Dreaming

Deep in the heart of history’s most infamous concentration camp, a man lies dreaming. His name is Shomer, and before the war he was a pulp fiction author. Now, to escape the brutal reality of life in Auschwitz, Shomer spends his nights imagining another world – a world where a disgraced former dictator now known only as Wolf ekes out a miserable existence as a low-rent PI in London’s grimiest streets.

An extraordinary story of revenge and redemption, A Man Lies Dreaming is the unforgettable testament to the power of imagination.

Jesus and the Eightfold Path now in e-book!

My novella, Jesus and the Eightfold Path, was first published as a free serial online. Then Immersion Press brought out a hardcover edition limited to 200 copies. These have sold out and seem pretty hard to get (prices on Amazon marketplace seem to start at $190), so – finally – we got an e-book edition out!

Available on Amazon and Amazon UK, and soon on Nook and Kobo etc. Here it is!

Jesus and the Eightfold Path

 

THREE WISE MEN CAME FROM THE EAST for the infant Jesus in The New Testament. Three brave companions accompany the Buddha in the Chinese classic A Journey to the West. Could they have been the same three? Guided by a star, three strange companions arrive in the barbarous land of Judea to seek a newborn child–a possible messiah to some, and the reincarnation of the Budda to others.

When the child’s life is threatened, his family and new guardians escape to Egypt, returning years later, to a Jewish land on the cusp of annihilation by the Roman Empire.

Once a general in the Judean army, now a Roman agent, Josephus Flavius is sent by Caesar back to his home land to observe and report on the actions of the troubling young man now preaching sedition in the Galilee–a boy with the unsettling powers of kung-fu…

Their lives would collide in a cataclysmic confrontation between Romans and Jews, between empire and rebels–and change the world forever…

Announcing The Apex Book of World SF 3!

It’s finally – almost! – here – and I’m delighted to announce the cover and table of contents for The Apex Book of World SF 3, published next month by Apex Book Company. This is the third in the series began in 2009.

To celebrate, Apex are offering a special pre-order deal – just $30 for all 3 volumes in paperback+ebooks (with free US shipping!) or, and especially for international readers, all 3 volumes for just $10!

Or you can get The Apex Book of World SF 3 for $15 paperback or $4.99 e-book.

The pre-order pager is here.

The full set contains 287,000 words, in 58 stories, from 34 different countries!

The Apex Book of World SF 3

Table of Contents:

  • Courtship in the Country of Machine-Gods by Benjanun Sriduangkaew (Thailand)
  • A Hundred Ghosts Parade Tonight by Xia Jia (China)
  • Act of Faith by Fadzlishah Johanabas (Malaysia)
  • The Foreigner by Uko Bendi Udo (Nigeria)
  • The City of Silence by Ma Boyong (China)
  • Planetfall by Athena Andreadis (Greece)
  • Jungle Fever by Zulaikha Nurain Mudzar (Malaysia)
  • To Follow the Waves by Amal El-Mohtar (Lebanon/Canada)
  • Ahuizotl by Nelly Geraldine Garcia-Rosas (Mexico)
  • The Rare Earth by Biram Mboob (Gambia)
  • Spider’s Nest by Myra Çakan (Germany)
  • Waiting with Mortals by Crystal Koo (Philippines)
  • Three Little Children by Ange (France)
  • Brita’s Holiday Village by Karin Tidbeck (Sweden)
  • Regressions by Swapna Kishore (India)
  • Dancing on the Red Planet by Berit Ellingsen (South Korea/Norway)

Cover by Sophia Tuska.

The World Cup

I was sure I posted it a long time ago, but it seems to have gone missing, so anyway, my one football story, for the World Cup. Sort of.

 The Elders of Safed

 By Lavie Tidhar

In Israel, when a winter is particularly savage, when something hadn’t happened in many years, such as freak snow or a tornado, they say that even the Elders of Safed don’t remember such a winter. There is a caveat. The cynics add that the Elders of Safed can’t even remember what they had for breakfast that morning. That is not true.

Safed lies in the mountains above the Sea of Galilee. It is the home of kaballah, the secret, mystical wisdom of the Jews. It is (with the exception of Jerusalem) the closest place to heaven, on Earth. Its residents paint the walls of their houses blue. Old men float down the street, deep in concentration, hovering several feet above the ground. Rare flowers blossom on street corners and grow upside-down and send bright petals blowing across windows and fill the air with the scents of Africa and Asia and Atlantis. There are alligators in the water supply. At certain times of the morning one can spot a herd of elephants, half-translucent, crossing the main street. An old English lady takes tea with God every afternoon in her backyard.

The Elders of Safed know when the sun will set and when it will rise, and have calculated down to several decimal points when the last ever sunset would be, and the time of the messiah’s arrival, which they keep secret but say, when pushed – ‘Don’t you worry, it won’t be any time soon.’ The Elders of Safed read the book of the Zohar every day and grow their beards long and some of them never cut their toenails. The children of Safed play soccer in the streets and they never stop to think that the Elders of Safed must have been children once, too, and were made to wash and go to bed early and weren’t allowed to get their shorts muddied. Every morning the Elders of Safed communicate telepathically with the monks of a hidden monastery that lies in a secret valley in Nepal, and they discuss the Overall Plan, and argue theology. Every four years the Elders of Safed watch the soccer world cup and lay bets and they use all their secret wisdom, but despite everything Israel had never made it past the preliminary stage.

 THE END.

Coming to America!

Delighted to say that The Violent Century will be published by Thomas Dunne Books in the United States.

Hardcover and e-book editions are currently scheduled for February 2015. The US edition cover below!

The Violent Century, Thomas Dunne Books 2015

Osama in Europe

Osama was out last year in several European countries, and subsequently I found out that:

  • In Germany, my translator, Juliane Gräbener-Müller, is nominated for the Kurd Lasswitz Prize, in the Best Translation category, for her translation of Osama (pub: Rogner & Bernhard).
  • In France, my cover artist, Pedro Marques, is nominated for the Prix Imaginales, for his cover of Osama (pub: Panini/Eclipse).

Osama, France, 2013 Osama, German edition, 2013

 

This is fantastic news – Pedro’s cover was the last thing I expected for Osama, but as soon as I first saw it I knew it was absolutely right – I love that 1950s Penguin paperback vibe it has, that cool modernism. It ended up being used on the mass market paperback, the French, and the German editions of the book and was previously nominated for a BSFA Award.

As for Juliane, I can’t judge the German translation myself, but it’s been an utter pleasure working with her (and indeed, with everyone at Rogner & Bernhard, who have been amazing throughout), and I’m delighted to see her work recognised – in fact, I wish translators were recognised a lot more than they usually are, and it’s great to see the Kurd Lasswitz has a special category explicitly for translators.

Fingers crossed!

The Violent Century out in paperback!

The Violent Century is out in paperback today across the UK!

You can pick a pb up from Amazon or in a Waterstones shop near you.

“A stunning masterpiece” – The Independent

“A sophisticated, moving and gripping take on 20th century conflicts and our capacity for love and hate, honour and betrayal.” – The Daily Mail

“An elegiac espionage adventure that demands a second reading.” – Metro

The Violent Century

New in Audio: Jesus & The Eightfold Path

My third novella this month to be given the audiobook treatment – it’s Jesus & The Eightfold Path!

Jesus & The Eightfold Path

Three Wise Men came from the East for the infant Jesus in The New Testament. Three brave companions accompany the Buddha in the Chinese classic A Journey to the West. Could they have been the same three? Guided by a star, three strange companions arrive in the barbarous land of Judea to seek a newborn child – a possible messiah to some, and the reincarnation of the Budda to others.

When the child’s life is threatened, his family and new guardians escape to Egypt, returning years later, to a Jewish land on the cusp of annihilation by the Roman Empire. Once a general in the Judean army, now a Roman agent, Josephus Flavius is sent by Caesar back to his homeland to observe and report on the actions of the troubling young man now preaching sedition in the Galilee – a boy with the unsettling powers of kung-fu….

Their lives would collide in a cataclysmic confrontation between Romans and Jews, between empire and rebels – and change the world forever….

Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God in Audio

So, short on the heels of the audiobook edition of Cloud Permutations, Audible have released my 2012 British Fantasy Award winning novella, Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God.

Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God, Audible 2014

There is only one truth Gorel of Goliris – gunslinger, addict, touched by the Black Kiss – is interested in: Finding a way back home, to the great empire from which he had been stolen as a child and from which he had been flung, by sorcery, far across the World.

It started out simple: Get to Falang-Et, find the mirror, find what truth it may hold. But nothing is simple for Gorel of Goliris…

When Gorel forms an uneasy alliance – and ménage à trois- with an Avian spy and a half-Merlangai thief, things only start to get complicated.

Add a murdered merchant, the deadly Mothers of the House of Jade, the rivalry of gods and the machinations of a rising Dark Lord bent on conquest, and things start to get out of hand. Only one thing’s for sure: By the time this is over, there will be blood.

Not to mention sex and drugs…or guns and sorcery.