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Title: Central Station
Author: Lavie Tidhar
Length: 275 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
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 literally 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. 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.
How and when I got it:
I bought myself a copy after reading another book by this author.
Why I want to read it:
One of the weirdest and most original books I read in 2019 was Lavie Tidhar’s Unholy Land, and it immediately made me want to read more by this author.
Unholy Land was my first encounter with Israeli science fiction. Central Station, published two years earlier, looks like another strange and fantastical trip to a futuristic world. The story includes space exploration and other dimensions, but is also set in that world’s version of Tel Aviv, and honestly, I can’t wait to see what it’s like.
The only reason that I haven’t read this yet is the perpetual problem of having way too many books to read and always finding something else that’s a higher priority. I really do want to get to Central Station!
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8 thoughts on “Shelf Control #239: Central Station by Lavie Tidhar”
I’ve read this and really enjoyed it! It’s more like a bunch of interconnected stories rather than one novel, but it worked really well for me.
Good to know! I’m happy to hear you liked it. Sometimes, interconnected stories are just the thing — looking forward to reading this!
Ooh I like the synopsis! The plot feels quite refreshing!
Here’s my Shelf Control post
I agree, it sounds really unique! Thanks for sharing your link.
Sounds very interesting, but the mindtaps are a little unnerving–I haven’t read very many in futuristic settings but many of the older ones do tend to turn out prophetic, don’t they? Hope you enjoy it.
Thanks! It does sound like the scenarios are unsettling, but those are usually the ones that end up being most thought-provoking too!
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