Lavie Tidhar (born 16 November 1976) is an Israeli-born writer, working across multiple genres. 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 traveler into several of his works. 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. 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. He won the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2017, for Central Station.
Of special steampunkish note is The Bookman Trilogy, consisting of The Bookman (2010), Camera Obscura (2011), and The Great Game (2012). You can read the first three chapters for free right here.
In connection with the first book, Lavie Tidhar gave this interview.
Lavie Tidhar has published The Apex Book of World SF Series, collecting short stories of international speculative fiction. Tidhar edited the first three volumes (2009, 2012, 2014), and remained as overall Series Editor from the fourth volume (2015). A fifth volume is being published this year. As companion to the book series, Lavie Tidhar began the blog World SF promoting the books and presenting background articles and interviews to the authors – and to international science fiction as such. An immense work that we will look deeper into in a special segment of this year´s Fantasticon.
Lavie Tidhar´s books will be sold by Angry Robot Books at Fantasticon, and we will have both a reading and a signing session with Lavie at the con.
There is an interview with Lavie Tidhar here.
His homepage is this one, and he twitters at this account: @lavietidhar