HebrewPunked!

My HebrewPunk collection was one of my earliest books. First published in 2007, it collects four long linked stories which explore different historical eras and different tropes of pulp fiction, with a specifically Jewish slant. As Paul di Filippo said, they are the sort of stories that should have appeared in “such pulps as Thrilling Hebrew Tales and Yiddish Excitement Quarterly” – had those, of course, ever existed…

Ellen Datlow called it a “Judaic mystical alternative history”, and Kage Baker called it “Hard-Boiled Kabbalah”… neither of which I mind at all!

I also adore the cover, by Melissa Gay, which perfectly encapsulates the spirit of the book.

Anyway, Apex are putting the Kindle edition out as a special offer all this month – just 99c in the US, and 99p in the UK.

We took the opportunity to revamp the e-book from scratch for a better experience, and added a brand-new introduction and brief story notes.

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How well I recall, as a lad aged some ten years, circa 1937, reading Lavie Tidhar’s stirring adventures in such pulps as THRILLING HEBREW TALES and YIDDISH EXCITEMENT QUARTERLY. Even then, these tales possessed a fascinating air of archaic menace and occult power. Now, some seventy years after their original publication, they positively radiate the uncanny sensibilities of a bygone era. What a cast of characters—the Rabbi, the Rat and the Tzaddik, as memorable as Doc Savage and his crew! And what a set of venues—the London underworld, the African jungles, and more! Plus robust menaces galore! Lavie Tidhar surpassed those who went before him, such as H. Rider Haggard, and inspired those who came after, viz, Avram Davidson and Alan Moore. Having these rousing romps gathered at last into the volume HEBREWPUNK marks a milestone in the literature of the fantastic.
—Paul Di Filippo, author of The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories

Lavie Tidhar has staked out (no pun intended) his own territory by imagining a Judaic mystical alternative history into which he injects vampires, zombies, werewolves, Tzaddiks, golems, and Rabbis. These four stories are wondrous, adventurous, and thought-provoking.
—Ellen Datlow, co-editor of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror

Here we have stories of Tzaddik, The Rat, the Rabbi… Lavie is mining ancient traditions and recent history to write stories of modern despair and a weird sort of redemptive compassion, messing with our expectations and always, always, leading with our humanity, even when those heroes are, by some standards, monsters.
—Laura Anne Gilman, author of Burning Bridges

Lavie Tidhar has a unique and fascinating voice, as well as a good sense of history—both History Surreal and History Literary, as well as the more mundane kind. Imagine Hard-Boiled Kabbalah, a Godfather Rabbi whose gang includes vampires, werewolves and (naturally) golems. If you like your otherworld fun noir, have I got a book for you!
—Kage Baker, author of In the Garden of Iden

Early blurbs for Central Station

“If you want to know what SF is going to look like in the next decade, this is it.”
—Gardner Dozois, editor of the best-selling YEAR’S BEST SCIENCE FICTION series

“A dazzling tale of complicated politics and even more complicated souls. Beautiful.”
—Ken Liu, Nebula, Hugo, and World Fantasy winner and author of THE GRACE OF KINGS

“If Nalo Hopkinson and William Gibson held a seance to channel the spirit of Ray Bradbury, they might be inspired to produce a work as grimy, as gorgeous, and as downright sensual as CENTRAL STATION.”
 —Peter Watts, Shirley Jackson, Tähtivaeltaja, and Seiun award-winning author of BLINDSIGHT and ECHOPRAXIA

“Lavie Tidhar weaves the threads of classic and modern science fiction tropes with the skills of a gene surgeon and creates a whole new landscape to portray a future both familiar and unsettling. A unique marriage of Philip K. Dick, William Gibson, C. L. Moore, China Miéville, and Larry Niven with 50 degrees of compassion and the bizarre added. An irresistible cocktail.”
—Maxim Jakubowski, author of the SUNDAY TIMES bestselling Vina Jackson novels

2015 in Publishing

I didn’t have much published this year, relatively speaking, but here is what I did manage to put out.

Novels

I didn’t have a new novel out this year in the UK, but The Violent Century came out in the US in February (and in Japan at the same time). And Chinese and Polish editions are forthcoming.

A Man Lies Dreaming came out in paperback in the UK in March. Round the corner, the Italian edition is due around January, the US edition in March, and there’s also a Czech edition in the works, and I’ve just signed another translation deal for the book. The limited edition came out just recently too, a two-volume signed slipcased edition packed with bonus stuff.

Awards

It was lovely to get a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize for A Man Lies Dreaming in June, which was completely unexpected. The novel’s currently on the longlist for the International Dublin Literary Award (my second time on the longlist in two years). It was also shortlisted for a British Fantasy Award, and my collection, Black Gods Kiss, was nominated for the same award in the best collection category.

Anthologies

Quite a busy year on that front. After editing the first 3 volumes, I became Series Editor for the Apex Book of World SF 4, edited by Mahvesh Murad. I was very happy with the final result, which also gave us a chance to revamp the series with new covers by Sarah Anne Langton, and to offer an omnibus package of all four volumes. The new volume is not only performing well, but has bumped up the previous volumes, and I think we’re on track to (hopefully!) do a 5th volume sometime in the next couple of years.

Meanwhile, Rebecca Levene and I edited Jews vs Zombies and Jews vs Aliens, two small anthologies in aid of charity. These came out as e-book originals to begin with, but you can now get the snazzy omnibus paperback edition.

Novellas

Lust of the Swastika, a parody of the sort of ‘stalag’ novels that A Man Lies Dreaming engages with, was published in a strictly limited hardcover edition – in fact you can only get it here, as part of the 2-book slipcase bundle of A Man Lies Dreaming. For what it’s worth, the whole thing’s gorgeous, with faultless design by Pedro Marques.

Short Stories

Only 6 7!

  • “Aftermaths”. A bonus short story set some two years after the end of The Violent Century, it is only available as part of the US edition.
  • “The Drowned Celestial”. In Old Venus, ed. George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois. This one was fun to do, and I’ve tended to describe it as “Brokeback Mountain on Venus”. Lots of shoutouts to C.L. Moore and other writers of the pulps.
  • “Antarctica”. In The Brand Annual. It was an interesting challenge, as I had quite a specific set of requirements for this, but I was pleased with how it turned out. It’s set in a future London and features a… marketeer.
  • “The Last Dinosaur”. In Shimmer. A little story about the last car ride in the world.
  • “Dynamics of an Asteroid”. In The Mammoth Book of the Adventures of Moriarty, ed. Maxim Jakubowski. This is like a quadruple mashup – think Moriarty meets War of the Worlds meets Jack the Ripper meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Yeah.
  • “Cold Blood”. In Innsmouth Nightmares, ed. Lois Gresh. This was fun! What would have happened if Truman Capote and Harper Lee ended up investigating the murder of a family in, well, Innsmouth. Hey it makes sense OK.
  • “Like Bogart”. In Shattered Prism. A vignette set in the world of The Violent Century. The “Atomic Cocktail” thing is all true!

Next Year

A new novel, Central Station, comes out in May (US, with UK distribution); my first non-fiction book, a collaboration with Shimon Adaf called Art and War, comes out in March (US and UK).

A Man Lies Dreaming comes out, as I said, in the US next March. And many other things are, well, afoot… a few announcements in the new year!