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Lavie Tidhar grew up on a kibbutz in Israel, lived in Israel and South Africa, travelled widely in Africa and Asia, and currently lives in London. He is the winner of the 2003 Clarke-Bradbury Prize (awarded by the European Space Agency), was the editor of Michael Marshall Smith: The Annotated Bibliography (PS Publishing 2004) and the anthology A Dick & Jane Primer for Adults (The British Fantasy Society, forthcoming 2006), and is the author of An Occupation of Angels (Pendragon Press, Dec. 2005), a supernatural cold war thriller which James Lovegrove called "a novella of blistering, ballistic energy and ferocious cleverness" and Adam Roberts called a "powerfully phantasmagoric fantasy... Sharp, witty, violent and liable to haunt your dreams." His stories appear in Sci Fiction, Chizine, Postscripts, Nemonymous, Infinity Plus, Aeon, The Book of Dark Wisdom, Fantasy Magazine, Fortean Bureau and many others, and in translation in seven languages.



An Occupation of Angels, Pendragon Press (UK), 2005


As Editor:

A Dick & Jane Primer for Adults, British Fantasy Society (UK), 2006 (forthcoming)

Michael Marshall Smith: The Annotated Bibliography, PS Publishing (UK), 2004


Short Stories

"Revolution Time", Fantasy Magazine, 2006

"Midnight Folk," Aeon Magazine, 2006

"The Dope Fiend", Sci Fiction, 2005 (novelette)

"Baobabs," Fortean Bureau, 2005

"Alienation and Love in the Hebrew Alphabet," Chizine, 2005

"Grandma's Two Watches," Nemonymous, 2005

"The Heist," The Horror Express, 2005

"Thrilling Wonder Stories #52: The Invasion of the Zog," Apex Digest, 2005

"Crucifixation," Apex Digest, 2005

"The Gimatria of Pi," Fortean Bureau, 2004

"Cell," Continuum Science Fiction, 2004

"Post-Human Pat," Abyss & Apex, 2004

"The Curious Case of the Micro-Cynicon," Fortean Bureau, 2004

"Transylvanian Mission," Dark Lurkers, 2004

"The Ballerina," Nemonymous, 2003


Michael Marshall Smith
on "An Occupation of Angels"

Sharp, brutal, cool - yet also stunningly imaginative and perfectly realised. This is the most compelling thing I've read in a long time: the only bad thing was that it had to end.

Patrick Hudson, The Zone
on "An Occupation of Angels"

Lavie Tidhar is a rising star in the British fantasy and SF scene and this dark thriller gives ample demonstration of why... [this] tale of otherworldly intrigue will stick with you long after you've finished it

Nick Gevers

Lavie Tidhar is a fast-rising writer whose novelette, "The Dope Fiend", juxtaposes traditional Jewish, Chinese, and West Indian beliefs against the hedonistic and crime-ridden background of London in the '20s. Three underworld figures, including a defrocked Tzaddik, all love a beautiful flapper who died of a drug overdose; their efforts to resurrect her (or not) draw in a demonic visitor from another of the Kabbalistic Sefiroth, and perilous chases ensue through the low dives, opium dens, and catacombs of the Imperial capital. The ride is fast and exhilarating, if a little ragged around the edges; with his strong sense of place and considerable dark eloquence, Tidhar could soon compete with the great Kim Newman in the field of the postmodern supernatural secret history.