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Taking something away from others — their possessions, their dignity, their liberty, their lives — is the root of taboo.All the stories in this, the fourth collection of tales from Plan B Magazine, touch on what happens when people put their will above that of others. Sometimes it’s amusing, other times heartbreaking, but it no matter what, someone’s day won’t be going according to plan.

Table of Contents

“Old Friends” by Frank Byrns
“Write Your Epitaph” by Laird Long
“An Unexpected Invitation” by Daniel Marshall Wood
“Bad John” by Adam Howe
“Death by Fiction” by J. M. Vogel
“The Chunk” by Michael McGlade
“The Basement” by MJ Gardner
“The Bulldog Ant is Not a Team Player” by Dan Stout
“The Mystery of the Missing Puskat” by Lavie Tidhar
“Other Wishes” by Richard Zwicker
“Afterwards” by Jeff Poole
“The World’s Best Coffee” by C. D. Reimer
“Zero Sum Game” by Doug J. Black
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Publisher
in potentia press
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Published on
May 20, 2014
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9780991783144
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Language
English
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An NPR Best Book of 2016
An Amazon Featured Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Book
A Guardian Best SF & Fantasy Book of 2016
Longlist, British Science Fiction Award 2016, Best Novel
2017 Arthur C. Clarke Award nominee


"It's all of science fiction distilled into a single book."
—Warren Ellis, author of Transmetropolitan and Gun Machine

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’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.
World Fantasy Award-winning author Lavie Tidhar gathers some of his best work in one collection. Stories that are infused with centuries of tradition and painted with Hebrew mythology. We meet the Tzaddik as he faces off against a vengeful angel intent on sending the Fallen to hell. The shape shifting Rat fights lycanthropic Nazis. The Rabbi takes us on a thoughtful and amusing journey into the possibilities of a Jewish state in the heart of Africa. Finally, all three protagonists appear in an old-fashioned caper story that will leave you breathless.

Table of Contents:
“The Heist”
“Transylvania Mission”
“Uganda”
“The Dope Fiend”

Blurbs:
“How well I recall, as a lad aged some ten years, circa 1937, reading Lavie Tidhar’s stirring adventures in such pulps as Thrilling Hebrew Tales and Yiddish Excitement Quarterly. Even then, these tales possessed a fascinating air of archaic menace and occult power. Now, some seventy years after their original publication, they positively radiate the uncanny sensibilities of a bygone era. What a cast of characters—the Rabbi, the Rat and the Tzaddik, as memorable as Doc Savage and his crew! And what a set of venues—the London underworld, the African jungles, and more! Plus robust menaces galore! Lavie Tidhar surpassed those who went before him, such as H. Rider Haggard, and inspired those who came after, viz, Avram Davidson and Alan Moore. Having these rousing romps gathered at last into the volume HebrewPunk marks a milestone in the literature of the fantastic.”
    —Paul Di Filippo, author of The Emperor of Gondwanaland and Other Stories

“Lavie Tidhar has staked out (no pun intended) his own territory by imagining a Judaic mystical alternative history into which he injects vampires, zombies, werewolves, Tzaddiks, golems, and Rabbis. These four stories are wondrous, adventurous, and thought-provoking.”
    —Ellen Datlow, co-editor of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror

“Here we have stories of Tzaddik, The Rat, the Rabbi… Lavie is mining ancient traditions and recent history to write stories of modern despair and a weird sort of redemptive compassion, messing with our expectations and always, always, leading with our humanity, even when those heroes are, by some standards, monsters.”
    —Laura Anne Gilman, author of Burning Bridges

“Lavie Tidhar has a unique and fascinating voice, as well as a good sense of history— both History Surreal and History Literary, as well as the more mundane kind. Imagine Hard-Boiled Kabbalah, a Godfather Rabbi whose gang includes vampires, werewolves and (naturally) golems. If you like your otherworld fun noir, have I got a book for you!”
    —Kage Baker, author of In the Garden of Iden

“I did read the book, and the good thing is that I loved it—kick-ass kosher adventures. Tidhar writes a sort of intensified supernatural action-surrealism that fair rattles along and is full of surprises—not only plot-twists and thrills, but a level of conceptual surprise, a reinvigoration of some of the more tired conventions of the fantasy-horror genre. Zombies, golems, werewolves, Rabbis, Kabbala, it’s all here, and all saturated with a sense of exotic roundedness, an eerie solidity and reality. Not to be missed.”
    —Adam Roberts, author of Gradisyl 
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