Central Station Publication Day!

Central Station is officially out into the world today (Amazon, Amazon UK). Still hard to believe my odd little project is out there today, and even getting some really lovely reviews…

(You can also get signed copies exclusively from Forbidden Planet).

My utmost thanks to my agent, John, for believing in this book, and to everyone at Tachyon Publications who made it come true!

(And to my incredible cover artist, Sarah Anne Langton!)

Central Station

And some of the latest reviews…

“Tidhar’s last two books, The Violent Century and A Man Lies Dreaming, were rightly given great acclaim, so were always going to be tough acts to follow. Central Station maintains that standard, cementing Lavie Tidhar as one of science fiction’s great voices, an author who creates scenarios and characters that feel destined to become classics, ones that readers will be happy to revisit time and time again. It’s a compelling collection that mixes the epic and the intimate, one that succeeds at being profound, incredibly moving and, quite simply, stunning.” – Starburst Magazine

“Sublimely sensual, emotionally moreish, and composed with crystalline clarity” – Tor.com

“[Tidhar] has created a textured and original future that echoes real historical and economic tensions while satisfying veteran readers with deliberate echoes of classic science fiction… Despite the book’s affectionate allusions to earlier science-fiction themes, its deeply humane world seems both thoroughly new and oddly familiar.” – The Chicago Tribune

Art and War Publication Today!

Art & War, my first non-fiction book (though it comes with some fiction, too, see below), is a collaboration with my friend, the author Shimon Adaf. It’s out today in paperback and e-book. The US edition is already available for the Kindle but it looks like the paperbacks will be out in a few days, on the 26th.

Art and War

Art & War is a book-length conversation between Shimon and myself, in which we cover subjects ranging from writing the Israeli novel, poetry, the Holocaust, war (of course), our respective childhoods, and our shared love of science fiction and crime fiction, among many other topics. It was prompted by what began as an interview I was conducting with Shimon back in 2013, The Convergence Between Poetry and the Fantastic, and which Shimon turned into a conversation between us.

In between the interview and the book, we each composed a short story that, taking their cue from the subtitle of “poetry, pulp and politics”, are also in dialogue with each other (and we each appear briefly in the other’s work as characters). These are both political, and works of speculative fiction. My own contribution, “Tutim”, is I think one of my best works in the short form, and Shimon’s own “third_attribute” (translated from the Hebrew by Yaron Regev) is pretty remarkable, I think, like everything he writes.

It felt important to write this book, though what value, if any, it has, will have to be left to any readers to decide. I am not fond of acknowledgement sections in books, but since I have the opportunity here, I’m very grateful to Niall Harrison for commissioning that first conversation linked above, and to Etan Ilfeld and Tariq Goddard at Repeater Books for taking it on.

I hope you get a chance to check it out!

“Terminal” up at Tor dot com

My story “Terminal” is now up for a free read at tor.com. It can also be purchased as an e-book for 99c. The story was acquired and edited by the legendary Ellen Datlow. The story is 6000 words.

“Terminal” by Lavie Tidhar is an emotionally wrenching science fiction story about people, who, either having nothing to lose or having a deep desire to go into space, travel to Mars via cheap, one-person, one-way vehicles dubbed jalopies. During the trip, those in the swarm communicate with each other, their words relayed to those left behind.


Illustration by Richie Pope.

“Affection” in Strata

Strata is a new digitally native mixed media project from Penguin Random House, Google Play and basically a sort of Singularity-level tech thang.

Anyway my story, “Affection”, is published there, paired with a science essay by Maggie Koerth-Baker, so you can take the red pill and check it out! My bit only uses, you know, words though.


Alt History Film Posters: The Vanishing Kind

I don’t think I mentioned it before, but I have a new novella, “The Vanishing Kind”, coming out in July in F&SF Magazine. It’s alternate history noir, a psychic remnant of working on A Man Lies Dreaming, and it started with a strong visual image – so naturally, I roped Sarah Anne Langton into working on the fake film poster! As usual, it was fun to “cast” the film, too. Really pleased with the final result, though I’m half-tempted to try for a “variant” cover too… we’ll see!