The Violent Century nominated for Japan’s Seiun Award!

Found out yesterday that the Japanese edition of The Violent Century, translated by Takeshi Mogi and published by Tokyo Sogensha, is on the shortlist for the Seiun Award, in the Best Translated Novel category!

The Violent Century Japan

The awards are announced in July. The other nominees in the translated novel category are:

  • Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie (Tokyo Sogen)
  • Zendegi by Greg Egan (Hayakawa)
  • Gunmetal Ghost by Gareth L. Powell (Tokyo Sogen)
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi (Hayakawa)
  • Vulcan’s Hammer by P.K. Dick (Tokyo Sogen)

 

Exciting!

Yet more blurbs/reviews for Central Station…

“Beautiful, original, a shimmering tapestry of connections and images – I can’t think of another SF novel quite like it. Lavie Tidhar is one of the most distinctive voices to enter the field in many years.”

-Alastair Reynolds, author of the Revelation Space series

And some recent reviews….

“Magnificently blends literary and speculative elements in this streetwise mosaic novel… Tidhar gleefully mixes classic SF concepts with prose styles and concepts that recall the best of world literature. The byways of Central Station ring with dusty life, like the bruising, bustling Cairo streets depicted by Naguib Mahfouz. Characters wrestle with problems of identity forged under systems of oppression, much as displaced Easterners and Westerners do in the novels of Orhan Pamuk. And yet this is unmistakably SF. Readers of all persuasions will be entranced.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A fascinating future glimpsed through the lens of a tight-knit community.  Tidhar changes genres with every outing, but his astounding talents guarantee something new and compelling no matter the story he tells.” – Library Journal (starred review)

“a standout, absorbing, well realised sci-fi world, with characters who feel like they’re about to stroll off the page and take you for a cup of arak.” – Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

“If you’re looking for something a little more philosophical and thoughtful than the usual fare in the genre, look no further than this book . . . a fantastic read.” – Strange Currencies

“Lavie Tidhar gives enormous depth to the world he creates. . . . Central Station is a fascinating glimpse into a very possible future.” – Metapunk

“one of the most breathtakingly, bewilderingly, mindbendingly imaginative stories I’ve read” – Bookaneer

A Man Lies Dreaming (of) Publication Day!

A Man Lies Dreaming is officially published today in the US! Dennis Johnson, Melville House’s co-publisher, calls it “probably the most outrageous book we’ve ever published”.

Some early US reviews have been positive…

“Seldom will readers come across fantasy as well conceived and well written as this exceptional novel” – Library Journal (starred review)

“Another success… everything in this genre-bender works” – Booklist (starred review)

“A wholly original Holocaust story: as outlandish as it is poignant” – Kirkus (starred review)

“bold and unnerving” – NPR

“Damn good… a tight, masterful creation, an unexpectedly moving work” – Jewish Book Council

AMLD US

The book can be ordered from Melville House, or from Amazon (hardcover, Kindle), or Barnes & Noble, or your favourite independent!

Here’s an interview with me about the book from Mystery People.

Here’s another great review, from Cleaver Magazine.

And here is an excerpt from the novel.

More blurbs+Review for Central Station

“Disturbingly strange, yet bizarrely familiar, like implanted memories from a future you have not yet lived. I loved it.” —Eileen Gunn, author of Stable Strategies and Others

“A mosaic of mind-blowing ideas and a dazzling look at a richly-imagined, textured future.”—Aliette de Bodard, author of The House of Shattered Wings

“Magnificently blends literary and speculative elements in this streetwise mosaic novel… Tidhar gleefully mixes classic SF concepts with prose styles and concepts that recall the best of world literature. The byways of Central Station ring with dusty life, like the bruising, bustling Cairo streets depicted by Naguib Mahfouz. Characters wrestle with problems of identity forged under systems of oppression, much as displaced Easterners and Westerners do in the novels of Orhan Pamuk. And yet this is unmistakably SF. Readers of all persuasions will be entranced.”—Publishers Weekly, Starred Review