by Lavie Tidhar
Published: May 2016
Available Format(s): Trade Paperback and Ebooks
An NPR Best Book of 2016
A Tor.com Best Book of 2016
Barnes and Noble Best Science Fiction and Fantasy of 2016
2016 Locus Recommended Reading List
Longlisted for the British Science Fiction Award 2016
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 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.
Cover art and design by Sarah Anne Langton
Interior design and map by Elizabeth Story