Central Station Wins Chinese Nebula Award!

I woke up on Saturday to a flurry of messages on WeChat. It turned out the Chinese edition of Central Station (translated by Chen Yang and published by Citic) had just won the Best Translated Fiction category of the Chinese Nebula (Xingyun) Awards, hosted in Hainan.

Accepting the award…

This is the third win for the book following the Campbell Award and the Neukom Prize. It was also nominated for the Clarke, Locus, Kurt Lasswitz (Germany), Geffen (Israel), Premio Italia (Italy) and the Premio Kelvin 505 (Spain).

Not a bad run for a book no one was ever going to publish! The Chinese edition is the tenth translation for the book, following editions in Bulgaria, Poland, Israel, Germany, the Czech Republic, Romania, Spain, Russia and Italy. Here’s to a few more!

The rather fancy trophy! (which goes to my translator)

New Game: Bitcoin Catcher!

Just released my second mobile game, the very tongue-in-cheek Bitcoin Catcher to the Play Store.

Welcome, Investor!

With Bitcoin, money just falls from the air! Catch as many Bitcoins as you can and watch your profits soar!

But be warned – the markets are volatile, Investor! Watch out for market-crashing 8-balls and collect as many coins as you can!

Can you make it in the Bitcoin world?

Get it here!

And a reminder that Cornucopia: Catch Everything! is also available on the Play Store – click here to check it out.

A Man Lies Dreaming Publication Day!

Nothing gives me more joy than writing “Publication Day” for a book other than writing it again (and again. And again!). So welcome to the world the brand-new UK edition of A Man Lies Dreaming, my favourite book, out now in a gorgeous new paperback from publishers Head of Zeus.

Winner of a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize for Best British Fiction, shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award, the Premio Roma, the Geffen Prize, and a Seiun Award – who knows where it will go next, before the inevitable Penguin Classic edition of 2054?

The obligatory Amazon link here! Though of course, if you can find an open independent shop, do consider ordering from them instead!

1939: Adolf Hitler, fallen from power, seeks refuge in a London engulfed in the throes of a very British Fascism. Now eking a miserable living as a down-at-heels private eye and calling himself Wolf, he has no choice but to take on the case of a glamorous Jewish heiress whose sister went missing.

It’s a decision Wolf will very shortly regret.

For in another time and place a man lies dreaming: Shomer, once a Yiddish pulp writer, who dreams lurid tales of revenge in the hell that is Auschwitz.

Prescient, darkly funny and wholly original, the award-winning A Man Lies Dreaming is a modern fable for our time that comes “crashing through the door of literature like Sam Spade with a .38 in his hand” (Guardian).

“The best book I read last year is A Man Lies Dreaming” – Sting

“Ambitious as hell” – Ian Rankin

“Theodor Adorno said that to write poetry after Auschwitz was barbaric. To which I would say, yes, but you can still write an excellent novel. A man Lies Dreaming is that novel.” – Philip Kerr

“A raw, difficult and brilliant work” – Silvia Moreno-Garcia

The Big Blind now out in e-book!

The brand new edition of my poker novella, The Big Blind, is out now in e-book at all the usual venues (here’s the Kindle edition). It is also available in a gorgeous collectors’ hardcover edition from PS Publishing.

“Tidhar changes genres with every outing, but his astounding talents guarantee something new and compelling no matter the story he tells.” –Library Journal

The daughter of a legendary card player with skills of her own, Claire doesn’t want to go into the family business. She’s heard the call, and she desperately wants to become a nun. But when her convent comes under financial threat, Claire must leave what she loves to save what she loves–and enter an international poker tournament.

Both a poker novella and a meditation on faith, The Big Blind is a taut, heartfelt and compelling new book from multiple award winner Lavie Tidhar.

It’s The Best of World SF’s UK Publication Day!

Ok, so shops are still closed, but the magnificent tome that is The Best of World SF (complete with shiny foil cover!) is officially out today in the UK – official US publication is in June.

I couldn’t be happier with it – publishers Head of Zeus really pulled out all the stops on this one. But of course my first thanks are to all the authors who entrusted their stories to me. I hope this does you proud!

The Best of World SF is available internationally on Book Depository, Waterstones, Amazon of course, Foyles, or, hopefully, your local independent bookshop (you can always order from them!).

We should have a fun UK launch for the book on Zoom near the end of the month, and a lot of fun events lined up in the lead up to the US publication. In the meantime, here’s to World SF taking over the world!

It’s Adler’s Publication Day!

It is, of course, hard to tell it’s publication day, what with there being no bookshops or comics shops. Still. Who knows! You can buy it on the virtual plain. Or by astral projection. Remember to disinfect on arrival. Wear a mask at all times while reading comics.

Back in 2012(!) when we sold Adler, I went into the London Graphic Centre and bought myself two special pens, one gold, one silver. I was going to sign my new comic with them! Then time passed, then more time passed… and then we launched the comic run into a global pandemic and never left the house again. Now the omnibus graphic novel is out. If and when I get my own copies I might try to sign one, if the pens still work…

Over at Sci Fi Now, artist Paul McCaffrey is being interviewed – and they are very kindly giving away a free copy of Adler! As well as reviewing the book, calling it ” dreadfully fabulous”.

More nice reviews for the book:

“Propels an ensemble of historical figures and literary characters through a knotty and thrilling plot packed with intrigue and visceral action, illustrated with a keen eye for historical detail.” – Library Journal, Starred Review

“This thrilling comic bursts with reimagined period characters… with strong crossover appeal, as well as twists and derring-do aplenty.” – Publishers Weekly

“Feels fresh throughout. … Adler is pure entertainment.” – Foreword (5*)

Anyway, you can pick it up from your nearest comic book store, or of course a bookshop, or Comixology or Forbidden Planet, or, indeed, Amazon.

The Return of A Man Lies Dreaming!

My overall favourite book never quite got the TLC it deserved (perhaps fair for a book starring Adolf Hitler!), but here at last I’m delighted to say that A Man Lies Dreaming will be coming out again in the UK in a brand spanking new paperback edition from Head of Zeus! It will be out next month (here’s a handy Amazon link). This is a book that’s had some fantastic covers, and Head of Zeus didn’t let me down on that front!

(More A Man Lies Dreaming news shortly!)

‘A twisted masterpiece’ Guardian

1939: Adolf Hitler, fallen from power, seeks refuge in a London engulfed in the throes of a very British Fascism. Now eking a miserable living as a down-at-heels private eye and calling himself Wolf, he has no choice but to take on the case of a glamorous Jewish heiress whose sister went missing.

It’s a decision Wolf will very shortly regret.

For in another time and place a man lies dreaming: Shomer, once a Yiddish pulp writer, who dreams lurid tales of revenge in the hell that is Auschwitz.

Prescient, darkly funny and wholly original, the award-winning A Man Lies Dreaming is a modern fable for our time.

Announcing… The Hood!

This got announced to trade last week, here is the press release…

CEO Nicolas Cheetham has acquired World English language rights (excluding USA & CAN) for The Hood, the second in Lavie Tidhar’s ambitious novelistic quartet billed as the ‘Anti-Matter of Britain’ from John Berlyne at Zeno Agency set to be published in hardback, ebook and audiobook on the 7th October 2021.

The quartet explores the history and mythology of Britain through its most significant (and self-aggrandising) stories. Following the bloodied Dark Ages of King Arthur (By Force Alone, 2020), the second novel in the quartet focuses on an England in the grip of Norman rule, enmeshed in foreign wars, internal turmoil and battle between church and state. In such a world the people turn to yet another myth – of the lord of the Greenwood and his eternal May Queen. But myths will always let you down…

Playful, subversive, profane and hugely ambitious, the ‘Anti-Matter of Britain Quartet’ is modern fantasy hacked and reinvented as only Lavie Tidhar can conceive it.

Editor Nicolas Cheetham said: “Tidhar’s reweirding of our national mythology gathers pace with a narcotic trip into the heart of darkness that is Sherwood Forest. I wanted a subversive, razor-sharp fantasy quartet and for my sins, Lavie gave me one.”

Tidhar said: “Part of the joy of working with Head of Zeus has been the pure creative freedom they afford me. The other is being challenged to produce big, ambitious work, and I can’t wait to dive right back into destroying Britain’s most cherished myths!”