Art and War Publication Today!

Art & War, my first non-fiction book (though it comes with some fiction, too, see below), is a collaboration with my friend, the author Shimon Adaf. It’s out today in paperback and e-book. The US edition is already available for the Kindle but it looks like the paperbacks will be out in a few days, on the 26th.

Art and War

Art & War is a book-length conversation between Shimon and myself, in which we cover subjects ranging from writing the Israeli novel, poetry, the Holocaust, war (of course), our respective childhoods, and our shared love of science fiction and crime fiction, among many other topics. It was prompted by what began as an interview I was conducting with Shimon back in 2013, The Convergence Between Poetry and the Fantastic, and which Shimon turned into a conversation between us.

In between the interview and the book, we each composed a short story that, taking their cue from the subtitle of “poetry, pulp and politics”, are also in dialogue with each other (and we each appear briefly in the other’s work as characters). These are both political, and works of speculative fiction. My own contribution, “Tutim”, is I think one of my best works in the short form, and Shimon’s own “third_attribute” (translated from the Hebrew by Yaron Regev) is pretty remarkable, I think, like everything he writes.

It felt important to write this book, though what value, if any, it has, will have to be left to any readers to decide. I am not fond of acknowledgement sections in books, but since I have the opportunity here, I’m very grateful to Niall Harrison for commissioning that first conversation linked above, and to Etan Ilfeld and Tariq Goddard at Repeater Books for taking it on.

I hope you get a chance to check it out!

“Terminal” up at Tor dot com

My story “Terminal” is now up for a free read at It can also be purchased as an e-book for 99c. The story was acquired and edited by the legendary Ellen Datlow. The story is 6000 words.

“Terminal” by Lavie Tidhar is an emotionally wrenching science fiction story about people, who, either having nothing to lose or having a deep desire to go into space, travel to Mars via cheap, one-person, one-way vehicles dubbed jalopies. During the trip, those in the swarm communicate with each other, their words relayed to those left behind.


Illustration by Richie Pope.

“Affection” in Strata

Strata is a new digitally native mixed media project from Penguin Random House, Google Play and basically a sort of Singularity-level tech thang.

Anyway my story, “Affection”, is published there, paired with a science essay by Maggie Koerth-Baker, so you can take the red pill and check it out! My bit only uses, you know, words though.


Alt History Film Posters: The Vanishing Kind

I don’t think I mentioned it before, but I have a new novella, “The Vanishing Kind”, coming out in July in F&SF Magazine. It’s alternate history noir, a psychic remnant of working on A Man Lies Dreaming, and it started with a strong visual image – so naturally, I roped Sarah Anne Langton into working on the fake film poster! As usual, it was fun to “cast” the film, too. Really pleased with the final result, though I’m half-tempted to try for a “variant” cover too… we’ll see!


The Violent Century nominated for Japan’s Seiun Award!

Found out yesterday that the Japanese edition of The Violent Century, translated by Takeshi Mogi and published by Tokyo Sogensha, is on the shortlist for the Seiun Award, in the Best Translated Novel category!

The Violent Century Japan

The awards are announced in July. The other nominees in the translated novel category are:

  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Tokyo Sogen)
  • Zendegi by Greg Egan (Hayakawa)
  • Gunmetal Ghost by Gareth L. Powell (Tokyo Sogen)
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (Hayakawa)
  • Vulcan’s Hammer by P.K. Dick (Tokyo Sogen)



Yet more blurbs/reviews for Central Station…

“Beautiful, original, a shimmering tapestry of connections and images – I can’t think of another SF novel quite like it. Lavie Tidhar is one of the most distinctive voices to enter the field in many years.”

-Alastair Reynolds, author of the Revelation Space series

And some recent reviews….

“Magnificently blends literary and speculative elements in this streetwise mosaic novel… Tidhar gleefully mixes classic SF concepts with prose styles and concepts that recall the best of world literature. The byways of Central Station ring with dusty life, like the bruising, bustling Cairo streets depicted by Naguib Mahfouz. Characters wrestle with problems of identity forged under systems of oppression, much as displaced Easterners and Westerners do in the novels of Orhan Pamuk. And yet this is unmistakably SF. Readers of all persuasions will be entranced.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A fascinating future glimpsed through the lens of a tight-knit community.  Tidhar changes genres with every outing, but his astounding talents guarantee something new and compelling no matter the story he tells.” – Library Journal (starred review)

“a standout, absorbing, well realised sci-fi world, with characters who feel like they’re about to stroll off the page and take you for a cup of arak.” – Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

“If you’re looking for something a little more philosophical and thoughtful than the usual fare in the genre, look no further than this book . . . a fantastic read.” – Strange Currencies

“Lavie Tidhar gives enormous depth to the world he creates. . . . Central Station is a fascinating glimpse into a very possible future.” – Metapunk

“one of the most breathtakingly, bewilderingly, mindbendingly imaginative stories I’ve read” – Bookaneer