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Central Station

3.51  ·  Rating details ·  2,344 ratings  ·  491 reviews
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
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Paperback, 275 pages
Published May 26th 2016 by Tachyon Publications (first published April 12th 2016)
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Bradley
You know you've got a winner when:

You keep saying to yourself, over and over and over, I hope this never ends, I hope this never ends.

You get so deeply immersed in ideas, with so much world-building and awe and exploration of humanity, post-humanity, robot, evolutionary AI, and how everyone interacts, explores, and lives together pretty much harmoniously, that you cry and say, I live here. I will always live here. I have already been living here.

You snap out of a nested story
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars. Final review, first posted on Fantasy Literature:

Central Station is a brilliantly imagined, vividly detailed world, where Lavie Tidhar stitches together concepts about scientific developments, the future of humanity, community and family, love, religion and individual choice, all at the same time. It’s an impressive and beautiful patchwork quilt; it’s just that there isn’t a whole lot of plot to it. Central Station is more focused on the ideas and the characters. But what scintillating ideas, and what fascina/>Central
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Althea Ann
Jan 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
It'd been a while since I'd read some really good, original cyberpunk - and Tidhar's vision of a future Israel definitely qualifies. I'm upping my 'star rating' to a four because the setting of 'Central Station,' its conflicts and concerns, are so vivid, rich and enjoyable.

However, this is a fix-up novel, and it shows. I'd read a couple of the segments in this book before, in somewhat different form, and said, "hmm" when I encountered them. At the end, there is a list of all the venues where ot
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Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018

Once, the world was young. The Exodus ships had only begun to leave the solar system then; the world of Heven had not been discovered; Dr. Novum had not yet come back from the stars. People still lived as they had always lived: in sun and rain, in and out of love, under a blue sky and in the Conversation, which is all about us, always.

Very good novel that isn't actually a novel but a collection of sketches / cameos linked by location (the main Earth spaceport from the title) and by family ties
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Manuel Antão
Mar 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


Navel Gazing Novel: “Central Station” by Lavie Tidhar


"The Shambleau called Carmel came to Central Station in spring, when the smell in the air truly is intoxicating. It is a smell of the sea, and of the sweat of so many bodies, their heat and their warmth, and it is the smell of humanity’s spices and the cool scent of its many machines."
 
In “Central Station” by Lavie Tidhar
 
This is a na
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Kaitlin
May 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
I definitely liked bit of this story, but some of it just didn't work for me. I think this may be another case of a world which fascinates, and a character set that I couldn't engage with (kind of like my feelings for The Essex Serpent). What I did most enjoy about this book was seeing the progression of humanity into various types and blends of people/alien and bot. We have cool technology nodes that the majority of humans now have implemented into their brains, we have robots who work and cybo ...more
Lindsay
Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
A mosaic novel of Central Station, a major space port right next to Tel Aviv and set a couple of centuries into the future.

The story follows a group of loosely connected individuals through a science fictional stew of a setting. We have a robot priest, a cyborg family matriarch, a prodigal son returning with a martian parasite, AIs called Others, a data vampire, a cyborg super soldier falling in love and children who may be in the process of transcendence. That's all on the back of a
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Paul Sánchez Keighley
Tel Aviv’s actual Central Bus Station is a labyrinthine hulk of crumbling concrete that looms Gormenghast-like over the poor, backwater neighbourhoods of south Tel Aviv. It’s a place begging to be written about. It thrives with ill life at the point beyond which it no longer matters if it’s abandoned, forgotten or given up on. The station crouches impervious amidst the looting and loitering, the heavy responsibility-wanting silence of those angry but too weak or sick to cry out, the invisible ru ...more
Jenny (Reading Envy)
I have meant to read something by Tidhar for a long time, and this was my first opportunity. I know he writes in a variety of science fiction and fantasy subgenres. In this novel, Tel Aviv has become a crosspoint for even more of society - it is Earth's Central Station for the universe surrounding it. Humans have made a mass exodus to surrounding planets and moons, scientists have forced an evolutionary stage of humans that combines robotniks with humans (and all these groups are trying to live ...more
Carly
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, scifi
"There’s no afterlife but the one we build ourselves.”
Central Station is one of the most breathtakingly, bewilderingly, mindbendingly imaginative stories I've read in some time. In terms of sheer breadth and volume of ideas, it reminds me of Hannu Rajaniemi, but Tidhar's style is far more lyrical and dreamlike. The story takes place in in a future Tel Aviv, now the site of Central Station. Adaptoplant neighborhoods blossom and twist around each other. Robotniks, the lost souls of forgotten wars, wander the streets and bourselves.”Central
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Gary
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Central Station is a collection of intertwined short stories, stitched together to form a sort of mosaic novel about the residents of the titular far-future Tel Aviv spaceport.
Tidhar pays homage to pretty much every golden age/pulp era SF writer you can think of, but the tone (gentler than his more provocative works) most recalls Clifford Simak, especially City.
Though most of the Tidhar's stories stand alone, they also contain various plot threads that weave throughout the different
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Rachel (Kalanadi)
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing

Central Station is a "fix-up" novel of previously published short stories by Lavie Tidhar — stories which were always intended to be drawn together into a whole novel. It hints at huge changes and shifts for humanity while intimately focusing on the individuals; it's about a transformed human experience in the solar system, but stays in a single city. And it harks back to the feel of a golden age of SF with a distinctly retro vibe that is rich and imaginative. It manages to evoke the past and the futur

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Chris
I received an ebook copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley.

Well then. That was interesting. I'm a little torn on my rating after finishing this. I mean, some of the concepts were brilliant and the world-building was quite phenomenal. But for most of the book I felt like the scene was being set but there really wasn't much happening. Then a lot of the stuff was beyond my comprehension, like so much science fiction that I've read lately seems to be (Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reyno
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Maryam
Jan 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received an Advanced Reader Copy from the publisher through NetGallery, and this is my first read of Tidhar's works.

Lavie Tidhar used a mix of past religious figures to create a complicated future.
This story is created of hope and lost of hope. Souls that are forgotten and try to be remembered, to be known.A strange politic and history of wars and faith creates new intelligent beings and the purpose of their creation is now forgotten.

Human and non human live with
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
What is this? Evelina is giving you another 5 reasons to read something space related? What are all these reasons all about lately?? (*faints*) This time I'm going to talk about yet another non-American sci-fi. If you want nicer formatting read it on my blog. Enjoy!
★★★✬☆ 3.5 stars

Reason #1.
IT'S A SLICE OF LIFE, BUT THAT LIFE IS SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS LATER AND MUCH WEIRDER THAN YOURS.

If you can still imagine that as a slice of life? Granted, there are no aliens (any I can think of, at least...), but there are robots, half-robots, computer generatestars
lately??
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G33z3r
Not my cup of tea.

A set of human interest stories woven about a future Israeli "Central Station" urban sprawl about a spaceport, inhabited by various refuse (Mars returnees, Robotniks with human brains put in combat robots and then discarded as veterans after the war, a robot rabbi, a space vampire (!) and others.) The strength is the worldbuilding, a future culture of brain implants both physical and living symbiots (the Others), augmented & virtual reality, etc. But I never car
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Oleksandr Zholud
This is a (post-)cyberpunk SF novel without a clear plotline, but with chapters (each from a new perspective), linked in a time-chain. The book was nominated for Literary and Arthur C. Clarke Awards and won John W. Campbell Memorial Award.

There is a space port in Tel-Aviv, called the Central Station. A lot of humans, robot and gods live there, both in the real world and a virtuality. The story starts with a strange boy, who by his will power / magic / whatever changes the reality aro
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F.R.
Feb 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Lavie Tidhar is superb at world being. Absolutely and without a shadow of a doubt, 'Central Station' is amongst the best realised future worlds I have ever visited. You can see the dirt on the streets, you can smell the aroma of the food and the drink and the decay, you can practically reach out and touch the grime. As an exercise in taking the reader into a whole other place, this is without parallel. I just wish there was more of a story woven into it, that there was a page turning narrative t ...more
Robyn
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016
Almost more a series of interconnected short stories than a novel, Central Station is a lovely little novel that beautifully evokes a possible future.
Anni
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it

Tel Aviv has become a central space port in a post-singularity solar system in this cyberpunk novel. Though light on plot, it is dense with imaginative mind-bending concepts such as data vampires, post-mortality packages and robot religions – with some humorous nods to Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide, thrown in for good measure. Great fun for all lovers of world-building fiction and virtual reality games players.

Extract:-
A group of disgruntled house appliances watched the serm
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Stevie Kincade
(Audiobook) In early morning, the solitary shrine to St Cohen of the others sat untroubled and abandoned beside the green. Road-cleaners crawled along the road, sucking up dirt, spraying water and scrubbing. A low hum of gratitude filling the air as they gloried in this greatest of tasks – the momentary holding back of entropy

“Central Station” is a beautifully written book set in a far future Tel Aviv. Open it up to just about any page and you are likely to find wonderful prose.

Nothing ple/>Nothing
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Monica
Central Station is a book that should have been right up my alley. I love books that are from an entirely different perspective other than my own America-centric point of view. Lavie Tidhar is an Israeli man writing about a spaceport in Tel Aviv. The vision of Israel of the future was very unique. Central Station has a surprising huge payload in terms of themes. For example Tidhar's Israel is extremely multicultural. Very few characters came from Israel. They all immigrated from somewhere else ( ...more
Alisha A
Apr 16, 2016 rated it really liked it

I've never encountered a novel quite like this. The last great sci-fi novel I read was Theodore Sturgeon's dazzling 'More Than Human', and finally I've found a worthy successor!

The titular Central Station is a space port located in Tel Aviv, Israel. As Earth's only link to vast swathes of the Solar System, Central Station is a melting pot of culture. Immigrants from all over Earth live both within and outside of Central Station, searching for a life close to the stars. Visitors from
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Amanda
Jan 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
2.5 stars but I am CLEARLY in the minority on this one. I don't often read much about a book before I read it. Sometimes I don't even read the description and that usually works well for me. This is a case where it did not work well. Had I known going in that this was written as a collection of short stories and not a novel I would have liked it better. The world-building is excellent but I kept looking for a plot and there just isn't really one. The thread that ties the stories together is ther ...more
Max
Jan 31, 2016 added it
Brilliant and surprisingly gentle—SF pulp strands woven into a tapestry of family history, reading life, and love. (Also a damn fine Arthur C. Clarke joke slid into the last paragraph.)
Katie
Jan 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, 2016-releases
I received a free digital copy of this book for review from the publishers through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This has not affected my review in any way.

I'll write a full spoilery review when this is released but here are a few thoughts:
The atmosphere at the start is incredible, you really feel like you're at Central Station in this colourful environment full of racial diversity,
The world in this novel is really cool and vast, I love how it's all linked to data (dat
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aPriL does feral sometimes
For inventive originality, 'Central Station' is remarkable, a five-star read. But it failed to engage me on any other level except for the world-building. So why the high rating? The world of Tel Aviv, Israel, apparently many many centuries far into the future, is mind boggling.

I did not find a character who was appealing to me, gentle reader, but perhaps you might. In any case, I was fascinated and amazed throughout this story by the way people live in this 'reality', a kind of mixed Universe
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Mieneke
Nov 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction, 2016
It’s no secret I’ve loved Lavie Tidhar’s previous two novels, The Violent Century and A Man Lies Dreaming . Tidhar’s concepts aren’t always comfortable and usually challenging, but they are fascinating and I really enjoyed the stories themselves and the way I kept thinking about them. Central Station isn’t a straight novel, but a collection of connected short stories rewritten to fit together as a single narrative. I’d encountered at least one of these short stories before and it was interesting to see how that st ...more
Joe
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This is a collection of SF short stories that were published individually at different times in different publications. They were published from 2011 to 2016 and the original idea for them was to be combined to create a greater narrative and view; hence this book. They’ve been edited and revised a little to make them transition better plus 2 extra stories added at the end.

The story is set in Tel Aviv, a coastal city of Israel, and is focused around Central Station. Central Station is
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Andreas
Dec 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, science-fiction
Full review at my blog.

Central Station is a commercial space hub far several hundreds years in the future set between Tel Aviv and Jaffa. It is a rich atmospheric universe of its own, filled with an astonishing motley crew of characters from two families: There is the boy Kranki blending reality and virtuality while playing with his virtual friend, an "alte-zachen-man" who sells discarded things, Carmel the data vampire, Motl the cyborged ex-soldier who falls in forbidden love with the capta
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Lavie Tidhar was raised on a kibbutz in Israel. He has travelled extensively since he was a teenager, living in South Africa, the UK, Laos, and the small island nation of Vanuatu.

Tidhar began publishing with a poetry collection in Hebrew in 1998, but soon moved to fiction, becoming a prolific author of short stories early in the 21st century.

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