Audible - the world’s primary publisher of audio books – have published five of my novels, including all three Bookman Histories novels (The Bookman, Camera Obscura and The Great Game), Osama, and The Tel Aviv Dossier (and also offer the audio edition of my novella An Occupation of Angels, published by Iambic Audio).
They’re currently running a spotlight on me, where I am interviewed on such diverse topics as nazisploitation, poetry and chilli sauce recipes. Check it out!
And so in celebration – not a nazisploitation cover but a spacey one! Caper at Canaveral – the space race as you’ve never seen it!
Cuban commies use the fiery desires of a lush nympho to try to gain American missile secrets!
(via Ian Sales – thanks Ian!)
I have a lot of, you know, what you’d call “influences”, writers or books I admire. It’s hard to give an answer to that one. I think, with regards to Osama, I was particularly interested in that sort of European sensibility with regards to crime fiction. If you think of, say, Peter Høeg’s Miss Smilla’s Feeling for Snow, which combines all these different genres to make something rather profound, rather unexpected. Or Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, who again, uses the crime “formula” in a completely different way to the Americans, using to ask important questions – I think his The Buenos Aires Quintet is just wonderful. Or Arturo Pérez-Reverte’s The Dumas Club, which again plays with this idea of genres. I was influenced a lot by that approach to fiction, which is using “crime” in a very non-formulaic way. – read the full interview.
I chatted to Patrick Hester recently for the SF Signal podcast, which is now online. We talk about steampunk, cover art, Going to the Moon, The Apex Book of World SF and lots of other stuff. Warning: quite a lot of bitching about steampunk follows!
And, for no particular reason, a picture – it’s funny because it’s true!
Photo’s from a pad thai place in Vientiane’s Talat Sao, or Morning Market
And the very nice (ok, lovely!) people of Pornokitsch have announced their new anthology, Pandemonium: Stories of the Smoke - released in an e-book edition and a hardcover edition limited to just 100 copies (of which over half, I’m told, are already gone!)
The anthology will contain my “Brief History of the Great Pubs of London”, of which the entry below may serve as a sample.
The Crypt, St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields
Not a pub in the traditional sense but we like it, having spent at least one boozy occasion there. Also they serve a mean apple crumble with custard. An 18th century crypt below the church of St. Martin’s-in-the-Fields, it has high stone arcs and a hushed but convivial atmosphere. Rumours that this is where Count Dracula made his abode upon arrival in England on board the Demeter are probably false, though it is worth noting many of the staff are notoriously pale. Vampire aficionados do make pilgrimage to the otherwise quiet cafe, and the use of flash lights, like the carrying of wooden stakes, is discouraged.
Jesus and the Eightfold Path is reviewed in Abyss & Apex:
What happens when Lavie Tidhar, an Israeli and Jewish author, visits the story of Jesus with Zen koans and a Kung-fu movie sensibility? What happens is a romp.
Another reviewer called this book, Kick-A** for the Lord, and I’d have to agree. Jesus and the Eightfold path is a mash-up of the story of Christ and martial arts movies. The Monkey King becomes one of the Three Wise Men. Each chapter starts with a familiar Biblical quote from the Christmas and Easter stories, and sort of goes downhill from there – but in a good way. It is fitting that the cover looks like a seventies Kung Fu movie poster, and it all leads up to The Big Fight Scene where the Chosen One throws the money changers out of the Jewish temple. Everything after that is simply the denouement.
Add a star if you’re a fan of martial arts movies, and add another one (believe it or not) if you’re a Christian. As Gardner Dozois remarked, it’s great fun.
And I joined the Skiffy and Fanty show to talk about Osama, global terrorism, opium and a bunch of other stuff – you can listen to it here.
A couple of things recently – I participate in the latest SF Signal Mind Meld, on women SF writers, where I get to gush a bit about all the writers in the Apex Book of World SF, and talk about the influence of Tiptree (Alice Sheldon) and C.L. Moore on my own work.
And I was interviewed by Mur Lafferty for the Angry Robot podcast – where I ramble on about Camera Obscura and being a secret agent… erm.
New story should be up at Chizine soon. I’ll post as soon as it goes up!
This month’s story from Lavie Tidhar, The Hubbard Continuum, is a lot of fun. It takes Scientology at its word and considers the implications. Lavie is a prolific author who’s quickly establishing himself as one of the new voices of modern science fiction. Although he is legendarily elusive, Lavie took time to answer a few questions for us. I think you’ll enjoy the results. – read the interview.
A quick interview with me over at Angela Slatter’s site, about Batman, donuts and silly rejections.
New Hungarian web magazine SF Mag has just gone live, and it includes my first Hungarian translation! “Spider’s Moon” (which you can read in English over at Futurismic) - A Pók holdja – is now online, as well as an interview with me, in both Hungarian and English.
SFmag: One of your stories, “Transylvania Mission” has Hungarian references. Where did the idea come from and did you have help with the Hungarian words?
Lavie Tidhar: Well, my family is Hungarian, in fact – my grandparents come from Transylvania, and I grew up with Hungarian being spoken (though I can’t speak it myself!) and a lot of references to Transylvania. I still have some relatives in Budapest, as it happens. My grandfather’s cousin, Erdélyi Lajos, who is quite a well known photographer, is still there. When I was eighteen I travelled through Romania and Hungary – this would have been early 90s – so I got a chance to go to Braşov and Vásárhely / Târgu Mureş, where my grandfather grew up, and to Budapest. I really should go back soon…