Lavie Tidhar is a science-fiction writer whose novel Osama (2012) won the World Fantasy Award. Tidhar grew up on a kibbutz in Israel and has since lived in South Africa, the UK, Vanuatu and Laos. He is currently resident back in London. He won the British Fantasy Award 2012 for Best Novella, for Gorel & The Pot-Bellied God, and was nominated, variously, for a BSFA Award, a Sidewise Award, Israel’s Geffen Award, the Airship Award, and the Sturgeon and Campbell Awards. He edited the The Apex Book of World SF 1 and2, and is also the editor-in-chief of the World SF blog: http://worldsf.wordpress.com/. Global science-fictionist.
“The fact is 99% of non-English writers are never translated into English. It has a cultural hegemony at the moment that’s very hard to break and that is simply not all that interested in translations. It seems to be a lot better in crime than in science fiction and fantasy though. But I’m hopeful! There’s certainly more visibility these days, and more interest, than there was before, and at least that’s a start!”