Lavie Tidhar

Lavie Tidhar (Hebrew: לביא תדהר‎) (born 16 November 1976) is an Israeli-born writer, working across multiple genres. He has lived in the United Kingdom and South Africa for long periods of time, as well as Laos and Vanuatu. As of 2013, Tidhar lives in London.[1] His novel Osama won the 2012 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel, beating Stephen King's 11/22/63 and George R. R. Martin's A Dance with Dragons. His novel A Man Lies Dreaming won the £5000 Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Prize, for Best British Fiction, in 2015.[2] He won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2017, for Central Station.[3]

Lavie Tidhar
Lavie Tidhar in London in 2006
Lavie Tidhar in London in 2006
Born (1976-11-16) 16 November 1976 (age 43)
Israel
OccupationAuthor
NationalityIsraeli/South African/British
GenreFantasy, science fiction, slipstream
Notable worksOsama; The Violent Century; A Man Lies Dreaming; Central Station
Website
lavietidhar.wordpress.com

As of October 2019 Tidhar is a columnist for The Washington Post[4].

BiographyEdit

Tidhar grew up in the communal atmosphere of an Israeli Kibbutz. He began to travel extensively from the age of 15 and incorporates his experiences as a traveller into several of his works.[5]

Awards and honoursEdit

BibliographyEdit

NovelsEdit

  • Tidhar, Lavie (2011). Osama. Hornsea, England: P S Publishing. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)
  • The Violent Century, Hodder & Stoughton, 2013 (UK) / Tachyon Publications, 2019 (US). Review in the Guardian
  • A Man Lies Dreaming, Hodder & Stoughton, 2014 (UK) / Melville House, 2016 (US). Review in the Guardian
  • Central Station, Tachyon Publications, 2016.
  • Unholy Land, Tachyon Publications, 2018.
  • By Force Alone, Head of Zeus, 2020 (UK) / Tor, 2020 (US). Review in the Washington Post

Children's Books

  • Candy, Scholastic, 2018 (UK), Peachtree, 2020 (US, as The Candy Mafia)

OthersEdit

  • Tidhar, Lavie and Nir Yaniv (2009). The Tel Aviv dossier : a novel. Toronto: ChiZine Publications. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)CS1 maint: uses authors parameter (link)
  • Tidhar, Lavie (2013). Martian sands. Hornsea, England: P S Publishing. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)

The Bookman Histories

  • The Bookman. Angry Robot Books, 2010.
  • Camera Obscura. Angry Robot Books, 2011.
  • The Great Game. Angry Robot Books, 2012.

NovellasEdit

CollectionsEdit

  • HebrewPunk. United States: Apex Publications. 2007. A collection of four linked short stories re-imagining pulp fantasy in Jewish terms.
  • Black Gods Kiss. United Kingdom: PS Publishing. 2015. A collection of five linked short stories (including one novella) related to Tidhar's previous British Fantasy Award-winning novella Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God (2011).
  • Terminale Terra. Italy: Future Fiction, 2018. Collection of several SF short stories, in Italian translation.
  • Venus in Bloom. Japan: Hal-Con, 2019. Guest of honour collection published to coincide with Hal-Con 2019, collecting several SF short stories, in dual English and Japanese. Illustrated by Masato Hisa.

ComicsEdit

  • "The Butcher & The Fly-Keeper: A Christmas Love Story", in Murky Depths #6, 2008, 6pp strip with artist Thomas Tuke.
  • "Finger", in Murky Depths #10, 2009, 3pp strip with artist Neil Roberts.
  • "Mr. Spellman's Last Dance", in Grave Conditions, ed. Scott Nicholson, 2010, 6pp strip with artist Andre Siregar.
  • "Mr. Spellman's Holiday", in Murky Depths #13, 2010, 9pp strip with artist Andre Siregar.
  • Adolf Hitler's "I Dream of Ants!". United Kingdom: House of Murky Depths, 2012. With artist Neil Struthers.
  • A Man Named Wolf. Hodder & Stoughton 2014. Special promotional comic. With artist Neil Struthers.
  • "New Swabia" in Outside. Berlin: Ash Pure and Topics Press, 2017. 10pp strip with artist Sarah Anne Langton.
  • Adler #1. Titan Comics 2020. With artist Paul McCaffrey.
  • Adler #2. Titan Comics 2020. With artist Paul McCaffrey.
  • Adler #3. Titan Comics 2020. With artist Paul McCaffrey.
  • Adler #4. Titan Comics 2020. With artist Paul McCaffrey.

Picture BooksEdit

  • Going to the Moon. United Kingdom: House of Murky Depths, 2012. With artist Paul McCaffrey.

As editorEdit

The Apex Book of World SF SeriesEdit

A series of anthologies published since 2009, collecting short stories of international speculative fiction. Tidhar edited the first three volumes, and remained as overall Series Editor from the fourth volume.[34]

  • The Apex Book of World SF. United States: Apex Publications. 2009.
  • The Apex Book of World SF 2. United States: Apex Publications. 2012.
  • The Apex Book of World SF 3. United States: Apex Publications. 2014.

As Series Editor

  • The Apex Book of World SF 4. United States: Apex Publications, 2015. Edited by Mahvesh Murad.
  • The Apex Book of World SF 5. United States: Apex Publications, 2018. Edited by Cristina Jurado.

Jews vs... SeriesEdit

OtherEdit

Short storiesEdit

Selected anthologiesEdit

  • "Widow Maker" - The Book of Magic, edited by Gardner Dozois, HarperVoyager 2018
  • "Talking To Ghosts At The End Of The World" - Infinity's End, edited by Jonathan Strahan, Solaris Books 2018
  • "Waterfalling" - The Book of Swords, edited by Gardner Dozois, Bantam Books 2017
  • "The Drowned Celestrial" – Old Venus, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, Bantam 2015[36]
  • "The Night Train" – Strange Horizons, 2010. Reprinted in both Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty Eighth Annual Collection and in Jonathan Strahan's The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of the Year: Volume 5.
  • "The Spontaneous Knotting of an Agitated String" – Fantasy Magazine 2010. Reprinted in Gardner Dozois's The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty Eighth Annual Collection
  • "The Integrity of the Chain" – Fantasy Magazine, 2009. Reprinted in Gardner Dozois' The Year's Best Science Fiction: Twenty Seventh Annual Collection
  • "Set Down This" – Phantom, edited by Sean Wallace and Paul Tremblay, Prime Books 2009
  • "One Day, Soon" – Lovecraft Unbound, edited by Ellen Datlow, Dark Horse Comics 2009
  • "Shira" – The Del Rey Book of Science Fiction & Fantasy, edited by Ellen Datlow, Del Rey 2008
  • "My travels with Al-Qaeda" – Salon Fantastique, edited by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling, Thunder's Mouth Press 2006
  • "Bophuthatswana" – Glorifying Terrorism, edited by Farah Mendlesohn, 2007

Selected stories in online magazinesEdit

  • "Blue and Blue and Blue and Pink", Clarkesworld Magazine, 2020
  • "In Xanadu", Tor.com, 2019
  • "Venus in Bloom", Clarkesworld Magazine, 2019
  • "Svalbard", PuzzleTales.com, 2019 [37]
  • "Gubbinal", Clarkesworld Magazine, 2018
  • "Yiwu", A Tor.com Original, 2018
  • "Terminal", A Tor.Com Original, 2015
  • "Spider's Moon", Futurismic, 2009
  • "304, Adolf Hitler Strasse", Clarkesworld Magazine, 2006
  • "The Dope Fiend", Sci Fiction, 2005

The "Central Station" story cycleEdit

Inspired by authors like Cordwainer Smith, C.L. Moore, Clifford D. Simak, Philip K. Dick and Zenna Henderson.[38] Several of Tidhar's short stories relate to one another in the following chronological order, according to the author:[39]

  • "Under the Eaves", Robots: The Recent A.I., 2012 (Dozois’ Year's Best, Horton's Year's Best)
  • "Robotnik", Dark Faith II, 2012
  • The Smell of Orange Groves, Clarkesworld, 2011 (Dozois’ Year's Best, Strahan's Year's Best, Polish translation)
  • "Crabapple", Daily Science Fiction, 2013
  • The Lord of Discarded Things, Strange Horizons, 2012
  • "Filaments", Interzone, 2013
  • Strigoi. Interzone, 2012
  • "The Book Seller". Interzone, 2013
  • "The God Artist", unpublished as of February 2013[40]
  • "The Core", Interzone, 2013
  • "The Birthing Clinics", unpublished as of February 2013[40]

"Substantively different" versions of these stories form the basis of the fix-up novel Central Station.[41]


Short fictionEdit

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
The indignity of rain 2012 Tidhar, Lavie (2012). "The indignity of rain". Interzone. The "Central Station" story cycle
Murder in the cathedral 2014 Tidhar, Lavie (June 2014). "Murder in the cathedral". Asimov's Science Fiction. 38 (6): 80–105.
Needlework 2013 Tidhar, Lavie (March 2013). "Needlework". Asimov's Science Fiction. 37 (3): 48–53. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help)
The Oracle 2013 Tidhar, Lavie (September 2013). "The Oracle". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (9): 37–47. Cite has empty unknown parameter: |1= (help) The "Central Station" story cycle
Vladimir Chong chooses to die 2014 Tidhar, Lavie (September 2014). "Vladimir Chong chooses to die". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (9): 40–47. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help) The "Central Station" story cycle
Whaliens 2014 Tidhar, Lavie (April 2014). "Whaliens". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (4): 54–63. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)

Non-FictionEdit

  • Art and War. Co-written with Shimon Adaf. United Kingdom: Repeater Books, 2016.

Critical studies and reviews of Tidhar's workEdit

  • Pei-chen Liao (2020). "Worlding Alternate Histories of the Post-9/11 Era: The Transnational Trend, Normalization, and the Dynamics of Memory", in Post-9/11 Historical Fiction and Alternate History Fiction, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Manheim, Noa (21 September 2020). "A Propher Without Honor". The Tel Aviv Review of Books. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)
  • Morgan, Glyn (2020). "Reimagining Horror: The Plot Against America (2004), Farthing (2006), A Man Lies Dreaming (2014), and J (2014)", in Imagining the Unimaginable: Speculative Fiction and the Holocaust, Bloomsbury Academic Press.
  • McFarlane, Anna (2019). "Time and Affect After 9/11: Lavie Tidhar's Osama: A Novel". In Sideways in Time: Critical Essays on Alternate History Fiction, ed. Glyn Morgan and C. Palmer-Patel, Liverpool University Press.
  • Glinter, Ezra (20 May 2016). "What If the Nazis Won – or If They Lost?". Forward. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)
  • Schaefer, Brian (29 June 2016). "Let's Circumcise Hitler: Literary Fantasies in the Summer of Trump and Brexit". Ha'aretz. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)
  • Maimon, Ehud (23 January 2012). "Bridge Over Troubled Waters: The City of Haifa In Lavie Tidhar's Stories". Strange Horizons. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)
  • Wilson, D. Harlan (4 December 2012). "Osama bin Laden, pulp vigilante". Los Angeles Review of Books. Cite has empty unknown parameters: |1= and |authormask= (help)

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b http://www.fictionuncovered.co.uk/2015/06/jerwood-fiction-uncovered-prize-announces-winners/
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