Machines roam the desert in search of purpose; works of art can be deadlier than weapons, and improbable love transcends the sands of time. From the multiaward-winning universe of Central Station, a complex desert-city of the future's inhabitants rediscover passion while at the brink of revolution.
“Can we just all admit now that Lavie Tidhar’s a genius?”
—Daryl Gregory, award-winning author of Spoonbenders
The city known as Neom is many things to many beings, human or otherwise. Neom is a tech wonderland for the rich and beautiful; an urban sprawl along the Red Sea; and a port of call between Earth and the stars.
In the desert, young orphan Saleh has joined a caravan, hoping to earn his passage off-world from Central Station. But the desert is full of mechanical artefacts, some unexplained and some unexploded. Recently, a wry, unnamed robot has unearthed one of the region’s biggest mysteries: the vestiges of a golden man.
In Neom, childhood affection is rekindling between loyal shurta-officer Nasir and hardworking flower-seller Mariam. But Nasu, a deadly terrorartist, has come to the city with missing memories and unfinished business.
Just one robot can change a city’s destiny with a single rose—especially when that robot is in search of lost love.
A Note From the Publisher
Accolades for the world of Central Station
John W. Campbell Award Winner
Neukom Institute Literary Arts Award Winner
Xingyun Award Winner
Arthur C. Clarke Award, Shortlist
British Science Fiction Award, Longlist
“Beautiful, original, a shimmering tapestry of connections and images.”
—Alastair Reynolds, author of the Revelation Space series
“A dazzling tale of complicated politics and even more complicated souls. Beautiful.”
—Ken Liu, author of The Paper Menagerie and The Grace of Kings
[STARRED REVIEW] “Readers of all persuasions will be entranced.”
[STARRED REVIEW] “A fascinating future glimpsed through the lens of a tight-knit community.”
“If Nalo Hopkinson and William Gibson held a séance to channel the spirit of Ray Bradbury, they might be inspired to produce a work as grimy, as gorgeous, and as downright sensual as Central Station.”
—Peter Watts, author of The Freeze-Frame Revolution
International promotion at major trade and genre conventions, including the World Science Fiction and World Fantasy conventions; Celcius (Spain); and Readercon (Boston)
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Book launch event at Forbidden Planet bookstore (London)
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