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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 42)
NationalityIsraeli/South African/British
GenreFantasy, science fiction, slipstream
Notable worksOsama; The Violent Century; A Man Lies Dreaming; Central Station



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.[4]

Awards and honoursEdit



  • Tidhar, Lavie (2011). Osama. Hornsea, England: P S Publishing.
  • The Violent Century, Hodder & Stoughton, 2013. Review in the Guardian
  • A Man Lies Dreaming, Hodder & Stoughton, 2014. Review in the Guardian
  • Central Station, Tachyon Publications, 2016.
  • Unholy Land, Tachyon Publications, 2018.

Children's Books

  • Candy, Scholastic, 2018.


  • Tidhar, Lavie and Nir Yaniv (2009). The Tel Aviv dossier : a novel. Toronto: ChiZine Publications.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  • Tidhar, Lavie (2013). Martian sands. Hornsea, England: P S Publishing.

The Bookman Histories

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


  • An Occupation of Angels. United Kingdom: Pendragon press 2005. United States: Apex Publications 2010.
  • Cloud Permutations. United Kingdom: PS Publishing 2010.
  • Gorel and The Pot-Bellied God. United Kingdom: PS Publishing 2011.
  • Jesus & The Eightfold Path. United Kingdom: Immersion Press 2011.


  • 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).
  • HebrewPunk. United States: Apex Publications. 2007. A collection of four linked short stories re-imagining pulp fantasy in Jewish terms.

Graphic novelsEdit

  • Going to the Moon. United Kingdom: House of Murky Depths, 2012. With artist Paul McCaffrey.
  • Adolf Hitler's "I Dream of Ants!". United Kingdom: House of Murky Depths, 2012. With artist Neil Struthers.
  • Adler. United Kingdom: Titan Comics. Forthcoming 5-part miniseries, due end of 2017. With artist Paul McCaffrey. ISBN 978-1782760719
  • New Swabia. Outside an anthology of new horror fiction from Ash Pure and Topics Press. 2017. With artist Sarah Anne Langton.

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.[25]

  • 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


Short storiesEdit

Selected anthologiesEdit

  • "The Drowned Celestrial" – Old Venus, edited by George R. R. Martin and Gardner Dozois, Bantam 2015[27]
  • "Dark Continents" – We See a Different Frontier, 2013, Futurefire Net Publishing; honorable mention in Year's Best Science Fiction and Fantasy, 31st edition, ed. Gardner Dozois, 2013
  • "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

  • "Gubbinal", Clarkesworld Magazine, 2018
  • "Yiwu", A 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.[28] Several of Tidhar's short stories relate to one another in the following chronological order, according to the author:[29]

  • "The Indignity of Rain", Interzone, 2012
  • "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[30]
  • "The Core", Interzone, 2013
  • "The Birthing Clinics", unpublished as of February 2013[30]

"Substantively different" versions of these stories form the basis of the fix-up novel Central Station.[31]

Short fictionEdit

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected Notes
Needlework 2013 Tidhar, Lavie (March 2013). "Needlework". Asimov's Science Fiction. 37 (3): 48–53.
The Oracle 2013 Tidhar, Lavie (September 2013). "The Oracle". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 133 (9): 37–47. 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. The "Central Station" story cycle
Whaliens 2014 Tidhar, Lavie (April 2014). "Whaliens". Analog Science Fiction and Fact. 134 (4): 54–63.


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

Critical studies and reviews of Tidhar's workEdit


  1. ^ Locus interview, 2013
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  21. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 28 July 2015. Retrieved 27 July 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  22. ^ "World Fantasy Award Ballot". World Fantasy Convention. Retrieved 8 August 2012.
  23. ^ Anders, Charlie Jane (4 November 2012). "Lavie Tidhar's Osama wins World Fantasy Award". io9. Archived from the original on 7 November 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  24. ^ Jordan Farley (13 January 2012). "Finalists announced for The Kitschies 2011". SFX. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
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  26. ^ Interview at the Times of Israel
  27. ^ "Not A Blog: Venus In March". 19 June 2014. Archived from the original on 21 August 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  28. ^ Five Classic Science Fiction Stories That Helped Shape Central Station
  29. ^ Tidhar, Lavie (15 February 2013). "Central Station". Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013.
  30. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2013. Retrieved 16 February 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  31. ^ Tidhar, Lavie. Central Station. p. 274.

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