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.
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!
There will be further events. I’ll update the site when I have the details!
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!
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.
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.
The finalists are:
- “The Galactic Tourist Industrial Complex”, Tobias S. Buckell (New Suns)
- “Omphalos”, Ted Chiang (Exhalation)
- This Is How You Lose the Time War, Amal El-Mohtar & Max Gladstone (Saga)
- “Give the Family My Love“, A.T. Greenblatt (Clarkesworld 2/19)
- “The Dead, In Their Uncontrollable Power“, Karen Osborne (Uncanny 3-4/19)
- “The Painter of Trees“, Suzanne Palmer (Clarkesworld 6/19)
- “Waterlines“, Suzanne Palmer (Asimov’s 7-8/19)
- Sisters of the Vast Black, Lina Rather (Tor.com Publishing)
- “The Last Voyage of Skidbladnir“, Karin Tidbeck (Tor.com 1/14/19)
- “New Atlantis”, Lavie Tidhar (F&SF 5-6/19)
- “The Archronology of Love“, Caroline M. Yoachim (Lightspeed 4/19)
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
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.
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
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.
Delighted to say my novella, New Atlantis, originally published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, is now available as a brand spanking new e-book from Jabberwocky, with a fantastic cover by Sarah Anne Langton. It is available for the low price of just $2.99 / £1.99.
Amazon/ Amazon UK
When a mysterious message arrives from vanished New Atlantis, a restless Mai undertakes the perilous journey to its drowned isles. But the journey is long and hard: through the Blasted Plains and the ancient cities of Tyr and Suf, through shipwreck and wilderness.
For this is a world where ants develop inexplicable weapons, where a lonely robot lives surrounded by cats in the ruins of old Paris, and where floating coral islands host sleeping sentience. Mai’s journey takes her by land, sea and air to the islands of New Atlantis, and to the nightmare prison buried underneath old London.
On her way she will find heartbreak and love – and a new life, awakening.
First published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 2019. Published in e-book by Jabberwocky in 2020. Cover art by Sarah Anne Langton.
“A complex, layered and hugely enjoyable story” – Bestsf
“Lovely work” – Locus
“Excellent… not a word is wasted” – Sfcrowsnest
“Amazing” – 1000yearplan
“A wonderful, imaginative story” – SFRevu
Was delighted to discover last night that the Chinese edition of Central Station, published by Citic and translated by Chen Yang, has been nominated for the Xingyun (“nebula”) Award in China!
I had the great fortune of launching Central Station in Beijing and Shenzhen last year, meet my editor and translator and generally have a great time.
The 2020 Xingyun nominees for Best Translation Fiction are:
- Dragon’s Egg, Robert L. Forward, translated by Kuan Yuan
- “Magician”, Satoru Ogawa, translated by Ding Dingchong
- Marrow, Robert Reed, translated by Jia Ye
- Central Station, Lavie Tidhar, translated by Chen Yang
Delighted to discover last night that the Japanese edition of A Man Lies Dreaming has been nominated for Japan’s Seiun Award! The full list of nominees is here.
This is my second Seiun nomination, following The Violent Century in 2016, and it’s the fifth award nomination overall for A Man Lies Dreaming (it won a UK award and been nominated for additional awards in the UK, Italy and Israel).
For English language readers, the brand-new e-book edition of A Man Lies Dreaming is now available!
I’m delighted to have curated a new bundle for Storybundle – The Best British SFF Bundle! The bundle is available for just 3 weeks, with some of the proceeds going to support the non-profit Locus Foundation (who publish Locus Magazine and Locus Online, and run the Locus Awards and more). I think it’s great value for money, and also goes to supporting a bunch of writers and independent presses during this difficult time – what’s not to like! Click here to check it out.
My favourite novel, A Man Lies Dreaming, is available in a new, improved e-book edition! The magnificent cover is by Sarah Anne Langton.
THE CULT NOVEL RETURNS!
“The best book I read last year is A Man Lies Dreaming by Lavie Tidhar… It is so cleverly constructed and such a spectacular conclusion unfolds that you are going to take it all very seriously.” – Sting
“Ambitious as hell” –Ian Rankin
“An excellent novel” –Philip Kerr
Since its original 2014 publication, A Man Lies Dreaming has been translated into multiple languages and gained a cult following for its dark humor, prescient politics and powerful exploration of the impossibility of fantasy.
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).