French author Michel Jeury (b.1934) died on January 9. Jeury began publishing as Albert Higon in 1960 with the novels Aux Étoiles du Destin and La Machine du Pouvoir, the latter of which won the 1960 Prix Jules Verne. In the early 1970s, he published Chronolysis and continued to write science fiction into the 1980s, publishing nearly twenty books as part of the Anticipation line before turning his attention to mainstream fiction.
The Prix Utopiales winners were announced at the Nantes Utopiales Festival International de Science-Fiction on October 31. The awards carry a prize of €3000 and are presented for works produced by Europeans and published in French in the year of eligibility. The Julia Verlanger Prize is a literary award established in 1986 which honors science fiction and fantasy novels.
- Prix Julia Verlanger: L’esprit du Melkine, by Olivier Paquet
- Prix Extraordinaire: Chris Foss
- Prix du meilleur scénario de jeux de rôle: Les Brumes de Saint-Malo, (for the game Les Larmes du Cardinal) by Pierre Éric Mouton
- Prix du meilleur jeu vidéo réalisé à la Game Jam: Neuromance, by Bastien Kerspern, Charles Perinet, Rémi Gourrierec, Alain Puget, Pierre Chabiland, and Louis Godart
- Prix de la meilleure bande dessinée de science-fiction: Punk Rock Jesus, by Sean Murphy
- Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de courts métrages: Reset, by Marcus Kryler and Fredrik Åkerström
- Prix du public – compétition internationale de courts métrages: The Nostalgist, by Giacomo Cimini
- Grand Prix du Jury – compétition internationale de longs métrages: The Midnight After, by Fruit Chan
- Prix Syfy du public – compétition internationale de longs métrages: Predestination, by Michael and Peter Spierig
- Prix Utopiales Européen Jeunesse: Pixel Noir, by Jeanne-A Debats
- Prix Utopiales Européen: Sumerki , by Dmitry Glukhovsky; translated by Denis E. Savine
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The winners of the Gran Prix d’Imaginaire were announced on June 2. The award was created in 1974 and foreign language awards have been presented since 1992.
- Francophone Novel: Anamnèse de Lady Star, by L.L. Kloetzer
- Foreign Novel: L’Homme qui savait la langue des serpents, by Andrus Kivirähk (Estonia)
- Francophone Short Story: “7 secondes pour devenir un aigle,” by Thomas Day
- Foreign Short Story: “Complications,” by Nina Allan (UK)
- Young Adult Francophone Novel: Animale. La Malédiction de Boucle d’or, by Victor Dixen
- Foreign Young Adult Novel: Une Planète dans la tête, by Sally Gardner (UK)
- Jacques Chambon Award for Translation: Bernard Sigaud for “Complications,” by Nina Allan
- Wojtek Siudmak Award for Illustration” Didier Graffet for the cover of Steampunk – De vapeur et d’acier, by Xavier Mauméjean
- Comics: Souvenirs de l’empire de l’atome, by Alexandre Clérisse & Thierry Smolderen
- Manga: The Arms Peddler, volumes 1-6, by Kyoichi Nanatsuki & Night Owl
- Essay: “Souvenirs du futur. Les Miroirs de la Maison d’Ailleurs,” under the direction of Marc Atallah, Frédéric Jaccaud, and Francis Valéry
- Special Award: L’Intégrale Stefan Wul and The Universe Stefan Wul, adaptations of novels and comics by D. Cassegrain and others.
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The nominations for the Rosny-Aîné Award have been announced. The annual award is given for excellence in French science fiction. The winners will be announced at Nemo 2014, the French National Science Fiction Convention, in Amiens, the weekend of July 17-20.
- Rainbow Warriors, by Ayerdhal
- Juste à temps (Just In Time), by Philippe Curval
- Françatome, by Johan Heliot
- American Gothic, by Xavier Mauméjean
- Agharta, le temps des Selkies (Agharta, the Time of Selkies), by Arnauld Pontier
- Anamnèse de Lady Star (Lady Star’s Anamnesis), by L.L. Kloetzer (Denoël)
- “Le chant des baleines” (“The Song of the Whales”), by Stéphane Croenne
- “Cuisine kitzyn” (“Kitzyn Kitchen”), by Philippe Curval
- “L’Enfant qui s’avance vers nous” (“The Child Coming Toward Us”), by Gulzar Joby
- “Le réveil des hommes blancs” (“White Men’s Wakeup”), by Christian Léourier
- “Durée d’oscillation variable” (“Duration of the Variable Oscillation”), by Martin Lessard
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The nominees for the Prix Imaginales have been announced. The Prix Imaginales is presented at the Imaginales festival in Epinal, France and are a juried award.
- Le Bâtard de Kosigan, by Fabien Cerutti
- Les Arpenteurs – Gonelore t.01, by Pierre Grimbert
- Même pas mort – Rois du monde t.01, by Jean-Philippe Jaworski
- Mordred, by Justine Niogret
- La Voie de la colère – Le Livre et l’Épée t.01, by Antoine Rouaud
- Servir froid, by Joe Abercrombie
- Le Chevalier rouge – Renégat t.01, by Miles Cameron
- La Voie du dragon – La Dague et la fortune t.01, by Daniel Hanover
- Qui a peur de la mort?, by Nnedi Okorafor
- Immortel , by Catherynne M. Valente
- De l’autre côté de la nuit – Les Enfants d’Evernight t.01, by Mel Anodryss
- Animale : La Malédiction de Boucle d’or, by Victor Dixen
- Échangée – Trylle t.01, by Amanda Hocking
- Grandclapier : un roman de l’ancien temps, by Joann Sfar
- es Outrepasseurs – Les Héritiers t.01, by Cindy van Wilder
- Noëmie Chevalier for the cover of Arcadia , by Fabrice Colin
- Joey Hifi for the cover of Qui a peur de la mort ?, by Nnedi Okorafor
- Pedro Marques for the cover of Osama, by Lavie Tidhar
- Joann Sfar for Grandclapier : un roman de l’ancien temps
- “Boussole,” by Samantha Bailly
- “Sorcerêve,” by Julien D’Hem
- “Un conte de loups,” by Sophie Dabat
- “Un jeune homme de mauvaise vie,” by Ellen Kushner
- “Quand Jésus descend par la cheminée,” by Ian Watson
Special Jury Award
- L’Encyclopédie du Hobbit , edited by Damien Bador, Coralie Potot, Vivien Stocker, and Dominique Vigot
- Les Portes d’or – Oghams t.02, by Krystal Camprubi
- Steampunk : de vapeur et d’acier, by Didier Graffet and Xavier Maumejean
- Éditions du Somnium
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French editor Jacques Sadoul (b.1934) died on January 18. Worked as an editor for Editions Opta and J’ai Iu, working to bring Anglophonic science fiction to France as well as publishing French authors. He founded the Prix Apollo and also published Histoire de la science fiction moderne in 1973.
French actor Jean Topart (b.1922) died on December 29. Topart provided the voice of Maitre Sinh in La planète sauvage and appeared in the television movie Le testament du Docteur Cordelier and various French television series. In addition to his own work, he was highly sought after to dub French voices for American films.
The Utopiales Awards were presented in Nantes, France. The awards carry a prize of €3000 and are presented for works produced by Europeans and published in French in the year of eligibility.
- Utopiales European Award: Biting the Shield (Mordre le bouclier), by Justine Niogret (France)
- Utopiales European Youth Award: Blood Red Road (Saba ange de la mort), by Moira Young (UK)
- Grand Prix: Eega (Fly), by S. S. Rajamouli (India)
- SyFy Public Award & Special Mention: Iron Sky, by Timo Vuorensola (Finland)
- Special Mention : The Human Race, by Paul Hough (UK)
- Jury Award: “Apnoe,” by Harald Hund, Paul Horn (Austria)
- Audience Award: “The Elaborate End of Robert Ebb” (“La Mysterieuse disparition de Robert Ebb“), by Francois Xavier Goby, Matthieu Landour and Clement Bolla (France, UK)
- Special Mention : “Robots of Brixton,” by Tavares Kibwe (UK)
- Special Mention : “Error 0036,” by Raul Fernandez Rincón (Spain)
- Special Mention : “Tvillingen” (“The Twin”), by Gustav Danielsson (Sweden)
- Utopiales Comics Award: Daytripper, by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
- Jury Special Award : Big Crunch, by Remi Gourrierec
- Tie: Thanks for Playing and 2012 Game
- Best Screenplay: Victor Bret for War Hero
French critic and editor Jacques Goimard (b.1923) died on October 25 of Parkinson’s Disease. Goimard has published critical essays in Fiction, Metal hurlant, and Le Monde. He worked on the anthologies La Grande Anthologie de la science-fiction and La Grande Anthologie du fantastique. He worked on more than 800 books for Pocket.
The Louvre Museum in Paris is hosting an exhibit on Star Wars memorabilia through March 17. The exhibit spotlights the collection of Arnaud Grunberg, a toy collector who has loaned 450 items, ranging from action figures to light sabres. The exhibit also includes scenes recreated from the movies using action figures. Grunberg began his collection after he saw Star Wars in 1977, when he was 11.