Lavie Tidhar

Praise for Lavie’s short fiction:
“Tidhar beautifully evokes the power of technology ”
The Fix, reviewing The Dying World (Clarkesworld Magazine)

“richly detailed characters in a well paced and well thought out story”
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) – January 2013 (worldwide)

Ooh, I'd kill for one of those right nowIsraeli-born writer Lavie Tidhar has been called an “emerging master” 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.

Lavie’s novella An Occupation of Angels was published in 2005, a Cold War fantasy thriller described by Michael Marshall Smith as “stunningly imaginative” and “the most compelling thing I have read in a long time”. 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 “Uganda”, effortlessly mixing fact and fiction. The collection was described by Adam Roberts as containing “intensified supernatural action-surrealism” full of “conceptual surprise” and “saturated with a sense of exotic roundedness, an eerie solidity and reality.” His extraordinary 2012 novel Osama won the World Fantasy Award.

Lavie’s first work of non-fiction Art and War: Poetry, Pulp and Politics in Israeli Fiction, co-authored with Shimon Adaf, will be released through Repeater in March 2016.

This is Lavie’s website. You can also follow him on Twitter.

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)
Interview with Fantasy Magazine (Nov 2011)

Listen to an audio reading of a short story called ‘The Smell of Orange Groves’ by Lavie Tidhar on Clarkesworld Magazine.