Praise for Lavie’s short fiction:
“Tidhar beautifully evokes the power of technology ”
The Fix, reviewing The Dying World (Clarkesworld Magazine)
ârichly detailed characters in a well paced and well thought out storyâ
Tangent reviewing The Pattern Makers of Zanzibar (Murky Depths)
“Tidhar’s story reads like a drug-infused John Le CarrĂ© novel,
if Le CarrĂ© wrote science fiction and dropped LSD as he pounded on the typewriter…
an amazing accomplishment, and highly recommended.”
The Fix, reviewing The Shangri-La Affair (Strange Horizons)
The Bookman – 7 Jan 2010 (UK/Aus), October 2010 (US/Row)
Camera Obscura – April 2011 (UK/Aus), May 2011 (US/Row)
The Great Game – February 2012 (worldwide)
The Bookman Histories (omnibus) â January 2013 (worldwide)
Israeli-born writer Lavie Tidhar has been called an âemerging masterâ by Locus magazine, and has quickly established a name for himself as a short fiction writer of some note. He has travelled widely, living variously in South Africa, the UK, Asia and the remote island-nation of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, and his work exhibits a strong sense of place and an engagement with the literary Other in all its forms. He is currently based in Laos, in South East Asia.
Lavie’s novella An Occupation of Angels was published in 2005, a Cold War fantasy thriller described by Michael Marshall Smith as âstunningly imaginativeâ and âthe most compelling thing I have read in a long timeâ. In linked-story collection HebrewPunk (2007) Tidhar set out to re-imagine traditional fantasy tropes with a distinctly Jewish slant and rich historical settings, including a tale of the little-known Zionist expedition to British East Africa in search of a possible Jewish homeland in âUgandaâ, effortlessly mixing fact and fiction. The collection was described by Adam Roberts as containing âintensified supernatural action-surrealismâ full of âconceptual surpriseâ and âsaturated with a sense of exotic roundedness, an eerie solidity and reality.â
Recent and forthcoming works include short novel The Tel Aviv Dossier (co-written with Nir Yaniv), novellas Cloud Permutations and Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God, and the short graphic novel Adolf Hitlerâs âI dream of Antsâ. His extraordinary 2012 novel Osama was nominated for the World Fantasy Award.
Lavie is also the creator of the acclaimed website dealing with SF writing from non-English speaking countries, World SF News.
Interview with Bibliophile Stalker (Aug 09)
Interview with SF Signal (Sept 09)
Guest Blog at Jeff Vandermeer’s Ecstatic Days (Dec 09)
Interview at The Traveler’s Steampunk Blog (Dec 09)
Interview at Dark Wolf’s Fantasy Reviews (March 10)
InterviewÂ with Fantasy Magazine (Nov 2011)
Listen to anÂ audio reading of a short story called âThe Smell of Orange Grovesâ by Lavie Tidhar on Clarkesworld Magazine.