Central Station receives the inaugural Neukom Literary Arts Award
May 16th, 2018 - San Francisco, CA
The novel Central Station by Lavie Tidhar has received a 2018 Neukom Institute Literary Arts
Award. The award, newly created by the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at
Dartmouth College, goes to three works of exceptional speculative fiction. It was also given to
co-winner Corinne Duyvis for On the Edge of Gone, and debut author Juan Martinez for Best
The winners each receive a $5,000 honorarium and will participate in an event at Dartmouth that
will include a panel on the speculative fiction genre. More about the Neukom Award can be
Author Lavie Tidhar commented, “Writing Central Station, I was finally able to put into form
many of the ideas on the future—of people, of machines, of communication—that occupied me
since first loading a command line prompt, and since the first time I heard the siren call of a
modem. I’m honored to be among the inaugural recipients of the Neukom Institute Literary Arts
Central Station, an international and interstellar epic set at a space station in Tel Aviv, has
received numerous accolades, including the Campbell Award and “Best of” selections by the
Guardian, National Public Radio, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kirkus, Locus, and io9.com.
Bestselling author Warren Ellis (Gun Machine) described the novel as “all of science fiction
distilled into a single book.” It was published by San Francisco-based independent speculativefiction press Tachyon Publications, which is internationally distributed via PGW/Ingram.
About Central Station
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. 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 child who can read the datastream of any mind; his cousin is infatuated with a robotnik cyborgsoldier; his father is terminally-ill with a multigenerational mind-plague; and a hungry datavampire has followed Boris home.
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 web of the Others,
powerful, mysterious alien entities.
At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive, and even evolve.
About Lavie Tidhar
Lavie Tidhar is the recipient of the British Science Fiction, Campbell, and World Fantasy
Awards. He was born in Israel and he has lived in Vanuatu, Laos, and South Africa. Tidhar has
been compared to Philip K. Dick (the Guardian) and to Kurt Vonnegut by Locus. His recent
novels, The Violent Century and A Man Lies Dreaming, were published to rapturous reviews in
the UK, with the Independent referring to them as “masterpieces.” His novel, Unholy Land, will
be published by Tachyon in October 2018. Tidhar currently lives in London. He is represented
About Tachyon Publications
Tachyon Publications LLC, found in 1995, is an award-winning publisher of smart speculative
fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, mysteries, and literary fiction. Visit Tachyon
on the web at