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The Love Machine & Other Contraptions

My new story collection is here. It is tasty, nutritious and cuddly. It features seventeen short stories, twelves short-shorts, a foreword by Lavie Tidhar and cover art by Liron Ben Arzi. You can get it for your Kindle, or in paperback form. Check it out!

Here’s the press release:

Israeli author Nir Yaniv’s debut English-language collection has been released by Keith Brooke’s Infinity Plus imprint.

The Love Machine & Other Contraptions is available in Kindle and paperback formats.

Yaniv is a film-maker, musician and author based in Tel Aviv. With World Fantasy Award winner Lavie Tidhar he co-wrote 2009 novel, The Tel Aviv Dossier. It has been described by SFCrowsnest as “the most enjoyably bizarre novel I’ve read,” and was called a “neo-Gnostic apocalypse narrative for the iPod generation” by The Jewish Quarterly.

Yaniv’s stories have appeared widely in Israel, where he is considered one of the most prominent of the new wave of genre writers. His writing is often humorous, and tackles a wide variety of subjects and literary approaches. In English, his stories have previously appeared in Weird Tales, Apex Magazine, Chizine and elsewhere, and they have been translated into German, Portuguese and Polish.

The Love Machine collects Yaniv’s previously published stories as well as many new stories never published in English. Some have been translated by Lavie Tidhar, who also provides an introduction, and well as by the author himself.

Yaniv’s work has been called “hypnotic, surreal and prophetic” by World Fantasy Award winning editor Ann VanderMeer, and as “fantastic, wonderful [and] weird” by Strange Horizons.

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Toys R U

It was a toy, and yet it wasn’t. It was carefully constructed by a member of a terribly sophisticated civilization in order to help its young ones learn things which, to a human, are indescribable. It existed in numerous dimensions… Yeah, that’s a new Fnool. Just continue reading, will you? That is – click!


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Read UnderCity

My story, UnderCity, just appeared in Apex Magazine. And it’s free!

I took this picture myself, by the way. That’s Tel Aviv for you.

Update: a review of Apex Magazine #39, including UnderCity, at TangentOnline.

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ABoSF Reviewed

Here’s a lovely review of The Apex Book of World SF II, edited by Lavie Tidhar, and including my own story “UnderCity”. The latter received some special attention:

…When I read this story, I immediately related it to the entire, massive, weighty corpus of information, thoughts, and events related to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Does Under Tel Aviv represent the Palestinians? Is this a story written by an Israeli who is tortured by the actions of his government? Is he writing a story to relate the sorrows both his people and the Palestinians share?

The problem with thinking along these lines is that Yaniv may not have intended this kind of interpretation at all. It may very well be just a fantastic, wonderful, weird story…

A review like that once a day – keeps the doctor away.

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The Audio Dossier

The Tel Aviv Dossier, a novel I wrote with Lavie Tidhar, has now been released in the form of an audio-book too. You can find it in Audible’s site or in Amazon.

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The World of UnderCity

My novelette, UnderCity, will be included in the special pre-order edition of The Apex Book of World SF 2, edited by Lavie Tidhar. I liked the first collection (which also featured a story of mine), and I believe Lavie has done a decent job with this new one. Check it out!


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The Sound of the Last Days of Tel Aviv

I’m happy to announce that The Tel Aviv Dossier, written by Lavie Tidhar and myself, was just sold to

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The Fnools are Among Us

I feel that it is my duty, as a citizen and a person, to report the invasion of the Fnools. They are here. They hide in plain sight. And they have a terrible, horrible weapon.

You can hide, but you can’t run.

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TAD Venues

The Tel Aviv Dossier is now available in Barnes & Noble as well – in both paperback and eBook (Nook-Book) versions.

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Publishing the Word of God

My short story, The Word of God, was just re-published by ChiZine in their Chiaroscuro project.  As it happens, today is Israel’s independence day, which makes this a bit bitter-sweet: it reminds me how far we are from having true independence – independence from god. I mean, I like god in its proper place – literature. As for its place in real life, I can only quote B. A. Baracus: “I pity the fools!”

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