Synopses & Reviews
A worldwide diaspora has left a quarter of a million people at the foot of a space station. Cultures collide in real life and virtual reality. The city is a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap and data is cheaper.
When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boriss ex-lover Miriam is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the data stream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin Isobel is infatuated with a robotnika cyborg ex-Israeli soldier who might well be begging for parts. Even his old flame Carmela hunted data-vampirehas followed him back to a planet where she is forbidden to return.
Rising above all is Central Station, the interplanetary hub between all things: the constantly shifting Tel Aviv; a powerful virtual arena and the space colonies where humanity has gone to escape the ravages of poverty and war. Everything is connected by the Others, powerful entities who, through the Conversationa shifting, flowing stream of consciousnessare just the beginning of irrevocable change.
World Fantasy Award–winner Tidhar (A Man Lies Dreaming) magnificently blends literary and speculative elements in this streetwise mosaic novel set under the towering titular spaceport. In a future border town formed between Israeli Tel Aviv and Arab Jaffa cyborg ex soldiers deliver illicit drugs for psychic vampires and robot priests give sermons and conduct circumcisions. The Chong family struggles to save patriarch Vlad lost in the inescapable memory stream they all share thanks to his father’s hack of the Conversation the collective unconscious. New children born from back alley genetic engineering begin to experience actual and virtual reality simultaneously. Family and faith bring them all back and sustain them. 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. (May)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
Pre-publication praise for Central Station
If you want to know what SF is going to look like in the next decade, this is it.”
Gardner Dozois, editor of the best-selling Years Best Science Fiction series
Bears comparison with the best of Philip K. Dick” The Financial Times
Exceptional” World Literature Today
On The Violent Century
A tour de force” James Ellroy, bestselling author of L.A. Confidential
A stunning masterpiece” The Independent
A new masterpiece” Library Journal
Unforgettable” Jewish Standard
On A Man Lies Dreaming
A twisted masterpiece” Guardian
Unmissable” The Telegraph
On The Bookman
"An emerging master" Locus
"A steampunk treasure" SFF World
"Sparks like a Roman candle" Publishers Weekly
About the Author
British Science Fiction and World Fantasy Awardwinning author Lavie Tidhar
was born in Israel. He has lived all over the world, including in Vanuatu, Laos, and South Africa, and is currently making his home in London. Tidhar has been compared to Philip K. Dick by the Guardian
and to Kurt Vonnegut by Locus
. His most recent novels, The Violent Century
and A Man Lies Dreaming
, were published to rapturous reviews in the UK, with the Independent
both referring to them as masterpieces.”