An engaging story with sympathetic characters and imaginative worldbuilding, NEOM is another great read from Lavie Tidhar

Though several months from its November publication, praise rolls in for NEOM, Lavie Tidhar’s long awaited return to the universe of the John W. Campbell Award Winner CENTRAL STATION, with glowing reviews from Publishers Weekly, Tomislav “Tom” Hlaban at Inflationary Universe, and SFFWorld.

NEOM is currently available for pre-order from all finer booksellers and directly from Tachyon.

Neom by Lavie Tidhar
Cover by Elizabeth Story

Fans of literary sci-fi are sure to be enchanted by the imaginative worldbuilding and tenderly wrought characters.

Publishers Weekly

 It is an engaging story with sympathetic characters, but the real strength is Tidhar’s world-building.  For those who watch for such things (like me), there are subtle references to some of the original greats of artificial intelligence in SF – Asimov, Rucker, Clarke, Dick, and even to Moses of the Old Testament.  This short novel could be read stand-alone, but I recommend reading both CENTRAL STATION and NEOM.

Inflationary Universe

This book had a wonderful mix of old world location – sand, markets, traditional dress, and future tech – a spaceport with shuttles to various locations in the solar system, digital entities, cyborged humans. It also had the vivid imagery that’s become familiar with the author – the sights and smells of the markets, the desolation and heat of the desert. The characters are ordinary, relatable people going about their lives in this unique setting, and there’s a philosophical side when one discussed their outlook on life with a robot.

Another great read from this author for me.