French CENTRAL STATION Out in Four Weeks!

A reminder, today, that the new French edition of Lavie Tidhar‘s award-winning, widely-acclaimed novel CENTRAL STATION is due out in four weeks! To be published by Mnémos on February 21st, 2024, it was translated by Julien Bétan. Here’s the synpopsis…

Boris Chong vit sur Mars depuis de nombreuses années. À son retour sur Terre, il atterrit à Central Station, un hub interplanétaire où l’humanité s’est réfugiée pour échapper aux ravages de la pauvreté et de la guerre : un véritable carrefour où se croisent des humains, des augmentés, des robots, des IA, des créatures génétiquement modifiées et même des entités extra-terrestres. Depuis son départ, bien des choses ont changé et c’est l’histoire de plusieurs vies qu’il va découvrir, entre une ancienne amante, un enfant aux dons étranges, un père malade, un cousin amoureux, un cyborg mendiant ou encore une data-vampire dont la présence est interdite sur Terre. De carrefour des planètes, Central Station devient alors le carrefour d’une humanité faite de débrouillardises, de sensibilités et d’amours, où chaque vie à son importance et chaque destin son parcours unique.

Lavie Tidhar nous offre une vision d’un futur et d’une humanité qui portent en eux la mosaïque d’un avenir fascinant, d’un monde en mutation constante où l’espoir est toujours présent.

CENTRAL STATION and its sequel, NEOM, are published in the UK and North America by Tachyon Publications. Here’s CENTRAL STATION‘s English-language synopsis…

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. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.

When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris’s ex-lover is raising a strangely familiar child who can tap into the datastream of a mind with the touch of a finger. His cousin is infatuated with a robotnik — a damaged cyborg soldier who might as well be begging for parts. His father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague. And a hunted data-vampire has followed Boris to where she is forbidden to return.

Rising above them 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 alien entities who, through the Conversation — a shifting, flowing stream of consciousness — are just the beginning of irrevocable change.

At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive… and even evolve.

CENTRAL STATION racked up a number of awards and commendations after its publication (in 2017). In addition to landing on many best-of-year lists (Amazon, NPR, Barnes & Noble), it won the John W. Campbell Award (2017) and Xiyung Award For Best Translated Fiction (China, 2020), and was shortlisted and/or a finalist for a number of other awards.

In addition to these accolades, the novel received an outpouring of praise from readers, critics, and authors alike. Here are just a few of the reviews CENTRAL STATION has received…

‘Magnificently blends literary and speculative elements in this streetwise mosaic novel set under the towering titular spaceport… 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.’ — Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

‘It is just this side of a masterpiece — short, restrained, lush — and the truest joy of it is in the way Tidhar scatters brilliant ideas like pennies on the sidewalk.’ — NPR

‘The stories include some of Tidhar’s most beautiful prose, and his future Tel Aviv is among the most evocative settings in recent SF… Somehow, CENTRAL STATION combines a cultural sensibility too long invisible in SF with a sensibility which is nothing but classic SF, and the result is a rather elegant suite of tales.’ — Locus

‘A fascinating future glimpsed through the lens of a tight-knit community. Tidhar changes genres with every outing, but his astounding talents guarantee something new and compelling no matter the story he tells.’ — Library Journal (starred review)

‘[Tidhar] has created a textured and original future that echoes real historical and economic tensions while satisfying veteran readers with deliberate echoes of classic science fiction… Deeply humane.’ — Chicago Tribune

‘Powerfully imagined and beautifully rendered… capture[s] profound emotional truths…’ — Interzone

‘Tidhar’s prose draws the reader in, bringing this world to life with ease… characters are never sacrificed in favour of the technology; in fact, the two of them combine seamlessly to create a unique vision, one that will leave the reader thinking long after the final page. Not only intelligent, it’s emotional too, telling of loves lost and those only just begun, of those wishing to escape their past and those hoping to bring it back… Tidhar is reminiscent of an early William Gibson, not just in sharing that short and punchy style, but in his ability to create a world where the speculation is believable enough to fit seamlessly into the narrative; somehow, despite being set centuries into the future, it feels just around the corner… cement[s] Lavie Tidhar as one of science fiction’s great voices, an author who creates scenarios and characters that feel destined to become classics, ones that readers will be happy to revisit time and time again. It’s a compelling collection that mixes the epic and the intimate, one that succeeds at being profound, incredibly moving and, quite simply, stunning.’ (10/10) — Starburst 

‘It might seem like Lavie Tidhar is such a major figure by now that discussing him under international SF is hardly necessary, but his somewhat novelized storysuite CENTRAL STATION is so engaged with Israeli culture that it seems appropriate, even though it’s also a wonderful tribute to classic SF both in form (the fix-up) and content…’ — Gary K. Wolfe, Locus (2016 Year in Review)

CENTRAL STATION is without question the best assemblage of short stories I’ve read in recent memory. Sublimely sensual, emotionally moreish, and composed with crystalline clarity irrespective of its incredible complexity.’ —

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