The Great Game is out!

The Great Game is out today in the US and Canada, with the UK print coming out on Thursday. Rejoice!


As a 19th century unlike our own comes to a close, Mycroft Holmes is found murdered outside his London club. It is up to retired shadow executive Smith to track down the killer – only to stumble on the greatest conspiracy of his life. Strange forces are stirring into life around the globe, and in the shadow game of spies nothing is certain.

In The Great Game, World Fantasy Award winning author Lavie Tidhar concludes his epic trilogy of a Victorian era that could never have been: filled with literary references galore, not to mention airship battles, Frankenstein monsters, alien tripods and death-defying acts. It is a world where nothing is certain – not even death.

This new edition also comes with a bonus story: “Dynamics of An Asteroid”.

Central Station Audio Book

The audiobook edition of Central Station is out today from Audible! It’s narrated by Jeff Harding, who also narrated Osama. Jeff is also the narrator for the Jack Reacher books and many others. The audiobook runs 8 hours and 36 minutes.

Central Station Audio Edition

“Magnificently blends literary and speculative elements in this streetwise mosaic novel… Readers of all persuasions will be entranced.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Heroes: A Story of The Violent Century

My latest short story is now up online at Strange Horizons. There s also an audio version.

“Heroes” is a stand-alone episode in the world of The Violent Century, and part of a small cycle I’ve been working on featuring Spit, who otherwise appears in a relatively minor role in the novel. Another story, “Aftermaths”, appears only in the US hardcover edition of the novel, and a third, “The Rainmaker”, will appear in the anthology Adam’s Ladder from PS Publishing, at some point.

The story was written for a Spanish charity anthology, WhiteStar, edited by Cristina Jurado. The anthology will be out in November, with profits going in support of cancer research. I was asked to write something to do with a David Bowie song, and “Heroes”, with its Berlin Wall subject, seemed appropriate.

There’s no particular requirement to read the novel first, of course! The Violent Century, however, for those interested, is currently out in US and UK editions, and in Japan, with Polish and Chinese editions forthcoming. It was longlisted for the IMPAC Dublin Literature Prize, and was shortlisted for the Japanese Seiun Award.

Berlin. 1987.

Sometimes it feels to Spit as though she’s stuck here, in time; that it’s always bloody Berlin, and it’s always 1987. Big hair, synths, glasnost, Donkey bloody Kong. She hates the whole fucking decade. She can’t wait for it to end. In the apartment across the street from the Wall, Whirlwind is looking through binoculars at Checkpoint Charlie. Somewhere nearby, by the Reichstag, Bowie is playing a live concert. He’s singing “Heroes.”

“Oh, do shut up, David,” Spit says.

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Tutim! Tutim!

“Tutim”, one of my very favourite stories, combines my love of satire and strange alternate histories with actual politics – and keen-eyed readers will, of course, recognise the title reference to the famous Yona Wallach poem. Anyhow, “Tutim” was only published as part of my non-fiction collaboration with Shimon Adaf, Art And War: Poetry, Pulp And Politics in Israeli Fiction, published by Repeater Books, a book-length conversation between us which includes a pair of twinned stories, my own “Tutim”, and Shimon’s “third_attribute”.

However, you can now read the story itself online, as it’s been just posted to the Repeater Books blog.

“You have to leave,” the voice said. “They’re coming for you now.”

Tirosh sat up, suddenly awake.

“It is no longer safe for you there,” the voice said. “Go. Take nothing with you.”

“Not even poems?” Tirosh said.

“You don’t understand,” the voice said. “They are coming for all the poets.”

Art and War

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