Art and War

Art and War: Poetry, Pulp and Politics in Israeli Fiction, my debut non-fiction book, with my friend Shimon Adaf, is now available for pre-order (Amazon; Amazon UK). It is published in March 2016 by Repeater Books. Here is the cover, and description!

Art and War

Shimon Adaf and Lavie Tidhar are two of Israel’s most subversive and politically outspoken writers. Growing up on opposite sides of the Israeli spectrum — Tidhar in the north of Israel in the Zionist, socialist Kibbutz; Adaf from a family of religious Mizrahi Jews living in Sderot — the two nevertheless shared a love of books, and were especially drawn to the strange visions and outrageous sensibilities of the science fiction that was available in Hebrew. Here, they engage in a dialogue that covers their approach to writing the fantastic, as they question how to write about Israel and Palestine, about Judaism, about the Holocaust, about childhoods and their end. Extending the conversation even into their fiction, the book contains two brand new short stories — “Tutim” by Tidhar, and “third_attribute” by Adaf — in which each appears as a character in the other’s tale; simultaneously political and fantastical, they burn with an angry, despairing intensity.

A Man Lies Dreaming limited edition+Original Novella

The limited edition of A Man Lies Dreaming is now available for pre-order, and should be out very soon.

Besides being a gorgeously designed and produced piece of book art in its own right – thanks to my long-time designer Pedro Marques, who really pulled out all the stops! – this comes packed with bonus material, including:

  • Poster reproductions for Tangier and Re-Elect Mosley, by artist Sarah Anne Langton
  • The mini-comic A Man Named Wolf, with art by Neil Struthers
  • Short story “304, Adolf Hitler Strasse” (a sort of early origin story)
  • An unfinished novella fragment, set some 3 years later in Hollywood

But if that’s not all, I’m delighted to say this is not one but two books, the second being the never before seen novella Lust of the Swastika, by the pulp author “Sebastian Bruce”, with a long introduction by me. This awful and notorious work is best described as an early ‘stalag’ novel, and should be read with caution.

Lust of the Swastika includes original cover art by Paul McCaffrey (inside) as well as new cover and endpapers by Pedro Marques.

You can currently get the set here for a reduced price of £49.

A Man Lies Dreaming, limited edition, 2015

Lust of the Swastika, PS Publishing 2015

Ebrei Contro Zombi

I’m delighted to say we have agreed for an Italian edition of Jews vs Zombies, to be published in e-book and paperback by Acheron Books. All proceeds from the sale of this edition will go to our chosen charity, with the advance against royalties already given in donation.

I’d like to thank my co-editor, Rebecca Levene, Jurassic publisher Jared Shurin, Acheron publisher Samuel Marolla, cover artist Sarah Anne Langton and all our authors who have generously donated their stories!

Ebrei Contra Zombi

Out Today! The Apex Book of World SF 4!

The Apex Book of World SF 4 is out today for the Kindle, on Amazon and Amazon UK. The paperback is also available, on Amazon and Amazon UK, or you can get them direct from the publisher.

This is the fourth volume in the series, and the first for me as series editor. This volume is edited by Mahvesh Murad, and I think it’s great!

Here’s the cover, and the full table of contents:

The Apex Book of World SF 4

  • Kuzhali Manickavel — Six Thing We Found During The Autopsy
  • Yukimi Ogawa — In Her Head, In Her Eyes
  • Rocío Rincón Fernández — The Lady of the Soler Colony (Translated from the Spanish by James and Marian Womack.)
  • Chinelo Onwualu — The Gift of Touch
  • Deepak Unnikrishnan — Sarama
  • Elana Gomel — The Farm
  • Saad Z. Hossain — Djinns Live by the Sea
  • Haralambi Markov — The Language of Knives
  • Nene Ormes — The Good Matter (Translated from the Swedish by Lisa J Isaksson and Nene Ormes.)
  • Samuel Marolla — Black Tea (Translated from the Italian by Andrew Tanzi.)
  • Prathibha Nadeeshani Dissanayake — Jinki & the Paradox
  • Sese Yane — The Corpse
  • Dilman Dila — How My Father a Became God
  • Isabel Yap — A Cup of Salt Tears
  • Swabir Silayi — Colour Me Grey
  • Sabrina Huang — Setting Up Home (Translated from the Chinese by Jeremy Tiang.)
  • Vajra Chandrasekera — Pockets Full of Stones
  • Zen Cho — The Four Generations of Chang E
  • Tang Fei — Pepe (Translated from the Chinese by John Chu.)
  • Julie Novakova — The Symphony of Ice and Dust
  • JY Yang — Tiger Baby
  • Natalia Theodoridou — The Eleven Holy Numbers of the Mechanical Soul
  • Thomas Olde Heuvelt — The Boy Who Cast No Shadow (Translated from the Dutch by Laura Vroomen.)
  • Shimon Adaf — Like A Coin Entrusted in Faith (Translated from Hebrew by the Author.)
  • Usman T. Malik — The Vaporization Enthalpy of a Peculiar Pakistani Family
  • Johann Thorsson — First, Bite Just a Finger
  • Bernardo Fernández — The Last Hours of The Final Days (Translated from the Spanish by the author.)
  • Celeste Rita Baker — Single Entry

Central Station Cover+Blurb

Central Station, Tachyon, 2016

A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover Miriam is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the data stream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin Isobel is infatuated with a robotnik—a cyborg ex-Israeli soldier who might well be begging for parts. Even his old flame Carmel—a hunted data-vampire—has followed him back to a planet where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above all is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful entities who, through the Conversation—a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness—are just the beginning of irrevocable change.

In April, 2016, everything changes with CENTRAL STATION.