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Central Station /

by Tidhar, Lavie [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: San Francisco, CA : Tachyon Pub., [2016]Edition: First edition.Description: 275 pages : map ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781616962142; 1616962143.Subject(s): Tel Aviv (Israel) -- Fiction | Space stations -- Fiction | Telepathy -- Fiction | Interplanetary voyages -- Fiction | Interplanetary voyages | Space stations | Telepathy | Israel -- Tel Aviv | Science fiction | Fiction | Science fictionSummary: 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. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper. When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris' 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.
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An NPR Best Book of 2016 <br> An Amazon Featured Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Book<br> A Guardian Best SF & Fantasy Book of 2016<br> Longlist, British Science Fiction Award 2016, Best Novel <br> 2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee <br> <br> "It's all of science fiction distilled into a single book."<br> --Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropolitan and Gun Machine <br> <br> <br> 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. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> 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.<br> <br> At Central Station, humans and machines continue to adapt, thrive...and even evolve.<br>

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. The city is literally a weed, its growth left unchecked. Life is cheap, and data is cheaper. When Boris Chong returns to Tel Aviv from Mars, much has changed. Boris' 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.

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In the shadow of an enormous space terminal, in between the modern city of New Tel Aviv and the old Arab port of Jaffa, lies Central Station. This small community has always been a melting pot of people trying to get by and get along, and that remains the reality in the far future. Families such as the Jones and the Chongs have lived there for generations, but in the post-Singularity they share the city with robots left over from forgotten wars, oracles that have chosen to become more other than human, and children being bred to exist both in the human and in the information streams. Now there are new factors influencing Central Station, including a vampire infected with a virus that drives her to feed on the data of those around her. Considering this is essentially a stitch-up novel, pulled together from short stories penned by the author over a decade, it has a strong cohesive feel, with each tale building the portrait of a fascinating future glimpsed through the lens of a tight-knit community. VERDICT Tidhar (A Man Lies Dreaming; The Violent Century) changes genres with every outing, but his astounding talents guarantee something new and compelling no matter the story he tells.-MM © Copyright 2016. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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