Dark Faith: Invocations Devotional – Lavie Tidhar

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Apex Publications Blog: Matters of SF, Fantasy, and Horror | 0 comments

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Dark Faith: InvocationsLavie Tidhar is the World Fantasy Award winning author of Osama, of The Bookman Histories trilogy and many other works. He also won the British Fantasy Award for Best Novella, for Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God, and was nominated variously for a BSFA, Campbell, Sturgeon and Sidewise awards. He grew up on a kibbutz in Israel and in South Africa but currently resides in London.

Lavie can be found online at http://lavietidhar.wordpress.com or on twitter @lavietidhar

For Apex Publications, Lavie Tidhar has edited both The Apex Book of World SF and The Apex Book of World SF 2. He’s also the author of the spy thriller, An Occupation of Angels, and the collection Hebrew Punk.

“Robotnik” is the title of his story in Dark Faith: Invocations.

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Who are you?

I’m a writer. Sometimes I also read! I have two awards, a World Fantasy and a British Fantasy Award, and sometimes, late at night, I like to imagine that they’re fighting each other, but the one shaped like HP Lovecraft always wins because it has laser eyes.

Tell us about your story.

“Robotnik” is the third or fourth story in my Central Station series, of stories set in a future Tel Aviv, around a space port of sorts – the Central Station of the name. The stories standalone but together add to a sort of mosaic novel. Other stories in the sequence have been published in Clarkesworld, Interzone and Strange Horizons, and one is forthcoming in Analog.

Incidentally, I have a particularly soft spot for this story as it’s a sort of remake, or at least building on, my story “Crucifixation” – which is the first story Jason Sizemore ever bought! For the first issue of Apex Digest. If we only knew then what we know now…

How does your story tie into the idea of faith?

I think a lot of my stories explore the idea of faith. It seems to me something you either have or don’t, but I’m fascinated by the idea of inducing it artificially, by using drugs – hence the Crucifixation in the story.

Every year, Maurice Broaddus throws a convention in honor of himself (Mo*Con). How do you feel about this fact?

I’d love to hang out with Maurice one day!

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Our next devotional will be on Friday, when Matt Cardin tells us about his story “Prometheus Possessed”.

Until then, read past devotional posts by Nick Mamatas, Jay Lake and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer.



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