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 th ...more
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 self-reference long ...more
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 scintillatin ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Lavie Tidhar's Central Station is a fantastic journey into the future. Filled with poetic imagery and complexity, Central Station takes place in and around a Spaceport in Tel Aviv some thousands of years hence. In a world filled with many changes, the question is what it means to be human and what it means to be other.
From the birthing labs to the space colonies, the world is different. Old soldiers have had their parts slowly replaced over the centuries till they are robot ...more
Q: 'Under the eaves of the Central Station' (c) a world long since transformed lingers… Q: … 'the station like a heart, beating.'(c)
The destinies of robots (or 'robotniks', as they call them part of the time here).
Q: “We are beggars,” he said. “My kind. We are broken machines.” (c)
In this world, battle robots are the new homeless. They speak Yiddish, the newly secret language. They wage battles, have feel ...more
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 navel gazing novel; a friend of mine would say it's ...more
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 settled sol ...more
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 perspective ...more
"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, ...more
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 Reyn ...more
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 th...more
A group of disgruntled house appliances watched the...more
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 and at the same time without e ...more
★★★✬☆ 3.5 stars
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 ...more
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 cared for the chara ...more
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 around, e.g. “A ...more
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.
A group of disgruntled house appliances watched the sermon in the virtuali ...more
“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 pleased ...more
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 other planet ...more
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 (data craving va ...more
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 ...more
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.
Temporal Spiders, Spatial Webs won the 2003 Clarke-Bradb ...more