“Blue And Blue And Blue And Pink” Published

My latest short story, “Blue And Blue And Blue And Pink” is published in this month’s Clarkesworld Magazine. There is also an audio version.


Giorgio fell asleep. In his dream he was back home in his parents’ farmhouse. Vines grew over the pergola columns and roof and bunches of grapes hung down, purple and green. He reached up and plucked a grape and put it in his mouth and it tasted blue and blue and blue and pink. His mother came out of the kitchen where she had been cooking and saw him.

“Giorgio!” she said. She wiped her hands on her apron. This was very strange to Giorgio, since he grew up in a small flat, not on a farm, and his mother never cooked.

His mother looked at him curiously.

“How much you’ve grown!” she said.

“Mama,” he said. He went to her. She looked good. But hadn’t she died in the last major outbreak, five years ago? And she was never this large or this homey. His mother was thin as a rake and smoked long menthol cigarettes and worked in accounts. “You look good,” he said.

“Come give Mama a hug,” she said. She put her arms around him. It felt good to be held by his mother.

“Snuggly-wuggly,” she said, nuzzling him close. “Snuggly-wuggly-woozy-woo.”

“No, no,” Giorgio said. “No, mother.”

Mother was turning blue.

“Snuggle!” she cried. Her arms lengthened, wrapped around him. Blue and blue and blue and pink.

The Candy Mafia US Publication Day!

It’s been a long road, but THE CANDY MAFIA is out today in the US from Peachtree Publishing!

This latest edition follows the original UK publication in 2018 (as Candy) and subsequent editions in Italy, Germany, France, Poland and the Czech Republic (a Romanian edition is still forthcoming).

THE CANDY MAFIA is published in hardcover, with brand-new, fantastic illustrations by Daniel Duncan!

The Candy Mafia_COVER

Some advance US reviews:

“Snappy dialogue… Food fights, an abandoned candy factory break-in, and more sweets-themed antics add to the fun and intrigue…. Combining chewing gum and gumshoes, this comical mystery begs to be read aloud.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Noir tropes loom large in Tidhar’s fast-paced story, with a gutsy gumshoe, a hardboiled narrative voice…and enough action to keep young readers on their toes.” —Publishers Weekly

“Nelle is a sturdy, intrepid, practical character surrounded by a colorful cast of candy-obsessed children and adults in this fast-paced mystery.…there’s plenty here to satisfy tween mystery lovers….mystery, humor, plenty of action, and a red herring or two with an explosive climax.” —School Library Journal

You can get a copy from Amazon (there is also a kindle edition), from Barnes & Noble (there is also a nook edition) or from your local bookstore.

By Force Alone US Publication Day!

By Force Alone is officially out in the US today! Published in hardcover, e-book and audiobook by Tor. The book was originally scheduled for June, and I was supposed to be doing a book tour then… Oh, well. Instead I will be doing some virtual events! I’ll be joined by Silvia Moreno-Garcia for the first two. See below for details.


Online Events

FRIDAY AUGUST 14: Washington Post Reddit AMA – with Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Join Washington Post book columnists Lavie Tidhar and Silvia Moreno-Garcia for a Reddit AMA at r/Fantasy. 10 am PST / 1 pm EST / 6 pm UK on Friday, August 14.

Basically, we’re doing this for the Post – pop in and ask us about books and stuff!

SUNDAY AUGUST 16: Mysterious Galaxy Bookshop Virtual Event

Silvia joins me again for a virtual zoom chat about By Force Alone and Mexican Gothic and, well, whatever! We don’t know. We’ll make it up as we go along, I’m sure.

Sunday 1pm PT.

To view and register for the event click here!

I am trying to make sure Mysterious Galaxy has signed book plates available, so order your hardback from them!

Lavie Tidhar - By Force Alone

There will be further events. I’ll update the site when I have the details!

The big World SF 3 bundle!

Very happy to launch the third of the World SF bundles! Available now on Storybundle and for the next 3 weeks, it’s got 10 books for one easy price!

All Covers Large

Here’s my intro:

I’m delighted to be launching a third World SF bundle in what I can only hope is by now an annual tradition. In the midst of some extraordinary turmoil across the globe, it takes writers from all corners of the Earth to weave profound new truths out of fantasies and paint new futures out of difficult pasts and turbulent presents.

The writers here come from Botswana and Bangladesh; Russia, Italy and France; Mexico, Spain, Israel and India. They are all of them fantastic, and I couldn’t be happier sharing their work with you.

It shouldn’t need saying, and yet it does: Black Lives Matter. I couldn’t think of a better match for this bundle than to partner up with the African Speculative Fiction Society and associated Nommo Awards for our chosen charity. The ASFS is an organization of African writers, editors, comic and graphic artists and filmmakers in the fields of speculative fiction. As spokesperson (and fantastic author) Chinelo Onwualu says on the society site, it’s there to “provide a place where writers, readers, and scholars can come together to find information, connect with each other, and act as watchdogs for their collective interests.”

The society administers the Nommo Awards, which recognises excellence in the works of speculative fiction by African writers. The award was founded in 2017, and previous winners include Tade Thompson, Nnedi Okorafor, Tendai Huchu and Tochi Onyebuchi in its several categories.

I hope you enjoy the books here. You may discover a new favourite author, be lost in time and space, or find yourself rethinking things you thought you knew. From djinns to ghost trains, alternate history to shape-shifting dragons, this is fantasy that nevertheless looks reality straight in the eye and challenges it. Just as fantasy entertains, so does it allow its writers to ask some big questions, to hold up a carnival mirror to the world: gaze at it long enough, and you may be changed forever.

New Atlantis nominated for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award

Delighted to find out that New Atlantis (e-book here; originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) is a finalist for the Theodore Strugeon Memorial Award, given for the best science fiction short story of the year.

New Atlantis Cover Web

The finalists are:

Best of British Science Fiction 2019

NewCon Press have announced the table of contents for The Best of British Science Fiction, edited by Donna Scott. You can pre-order it here. It includes my story “Neom”, first published in Asimov’s.


Table of Contents:

  • 2019: An Introduction – Donna Scott
  • The Anxiety Gene – Rhiannon Grist
  • The Land of Grunts and Squeaks – Chris Beckett
  • For Your Own Good – Ian Whates
  • Neom – Lavie Tidhar
  • Once You Start – Mike Morgan
  • For the Wicked, Only Weeds Will Grow – G. V. Anderson
  • Fat Man in the Bardo – Ken MacLeod
  • Cyberstar – Val Nolan
  • The Little People – Una McCormack
  • The Loimaa Protocol – Robert Bagnall
  • The Adaptation Point – Kate Macdonald
  • The Final Ascent – Ian Creasey
  • A Lady of Ganymede, a Sparrow of Io – Dafydd McKimm
  • Snapshots – Leo X. Robertson
  • Witch of the Weave – Henry Szabranski
  • Parasite Art – David Tallerman
  • Galena – Liam Hogan
  • Ab Initio – Susan Boulton
  • Ghosts – Emma Levin
  • Concerning the Deprivation of Sleep – Tim Major
  • Every Little Star – Fiona Moore
  • The Minus-Four Sequence – Andrew Wallace

For Sale: Limited Editions

Edited to add: Gone for now! Might list some more stuff at some point.

I need to clear some space! Price includes packaging and postage (worldwide). Payment by paypal. Books are already signed on limitation sheet, but can be additionally inscribed on title page by request.

Central Station

PS Publishing 2016. Signed, slipcased collectors’ edition, limited to 100 copies. PC Copy. Out of print. Designed by Pedro Marques, with slipcase art by Sarah Anne Langton. Possibly the prettiest of all my limited editions, and the most collectible. Last I checked copies were going for £200+, but now there are none even on the collectors market. £150

Unholy Land

PS Publishing 2018. Signed, slipcased collectors’ edition, limited to 100 copies. PC Copy. Out of print. Designed by Pedro Marques, with slipcase art by Sarah Anne Langton. Another gorgeous edition, and possibly my favourite slipcase art of the lot! I can’t find any copies for sale anywhere. £150.

Get both for £300 and I’ll throw in a signed copy of Venus in Bloom And Other Stories, a rare collection published only in Japan and illustrated by artist Masato Hisa. In English, with Japanese translation side by side. Published to coincide with Hal-Con 2019, where I was Guest of Honour, back in the glory days when you could still leave your house! About 1000 copies printed, of which 100 were signed. Not available outside Japan.