Aliette de Bodard & Ian R. MacLeod Shortlisted for Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2015


Zeno Agency clients Aliette de Bodard and Ian R. MacLeod have been shortlisted for the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire 2015.

Both have been nominated in the “Nouvelle étrangère” category (foreign-language novella):

  • Aliette de Bodard’s ÉPARPILLÉS LE LONG DES RIVIèRES DU CIEL (SCATTERED ALONG THE RIVER OF HEAVEN) – originally published in French in Galaxies n°28.
  • Ian MacLeod’s SNODGRASS – originally published in French in ALTERNATIVE ROCK, Gallimard, Folio SF.

The winners of the various awards will be announced at la Maison de l’Imaginaire during the Étonnants Voyageurs convention, in Saint-Malo, held from 23rd-25th May, 2015.

Aliette de Bodard is the author of multiple award-winning novellas and short stories, as well as the Obsidian and Blood trilogy (Angry Robot) and the upcoming HOUSE OF SHATTERED WINGS (due to be published in the UK by Gollancz and in the US by Roc Books).

Ian R. MacLeod is the award winning author of multiple novels, including THE LIGHT AGES, THE SUMMER ISLES and SONG OF TIME. Many of Ian’s novels have recently been made available in eBook format by Open Road Media.


Ian MacLeod‘s THE REPARATEUR OF STRASBOURG, now has a cover! The novella is due to be published by PS Publishing, and ties in with MacLeod’s upcoming full-length novel, RED SNOW. For those who just can’t wait for the novel, this promises to be a great way to whet your appetite and tide you over until the full-length book. Here’s the cover…


And the full, wrap-around cover:

Reparateur spread

Finally, here is the synopsis…

My name, Ezekiel, is Ariadne. And I have a commission to ask of you…

A beautiful woman arrives at dusk at the workshop of a reparateur, or restorer, of religious objects set high amid the rooftops of a great cathedral city. She wants him to paint her. But not as she is, or at least how she seems, but as she might appear many years into the future. So, against the looming backdrop of the French Revolution, a strange yet oddly touching relationship evolves.

THE REPARATEUR OF STRASBOURG twists history and the supernatural into a darkly beautiful tale of love and obsession, and takes the reader on the journey of one man’s life toward a tumultuous conclusion.

THE REPARATEUR OF STRASBOURG is due to be published in November 2013.

Ian MacLeod on ‘Story behind SNODGRASS’…

snodgrassIan R. MacLeod fans should be sure to catch this great post about his short story collection SNODGRASS AND OTHER ILLUSIONS, and his enduring love for the short story medium.

‘… back from the time when people first gathered around a fire to shelter from the darkness, the short story lies at the heart of what we humans are. We like wonder. We like surprise. We like fresh experience. We want to be reminded how it feels to be young, or scared, or deeply in love. And then, after an hour or so (and much as with going to the movies), we’ll stretch and smile and shiver, and head off to bed. The exchange is so natural that the wonder isn’t that short stories have dwindled in popularity, but that any other kind of fiction has ever managed to succeed…

‘Short fiction isn’t a lesser form to the novel. It’s simpler different, and lighter on its toes. After all, there’s a lot to be said for brevity… It’s a fact of our existence that the very best, most memorable and exciting things we experience in life come and go astonishingly quickly. Short fiction celebrates this. We all should.’

SNODGRASS AND OTHER ILLUSIONS is available now, in eBook format from  Open Road Media, and of course, the Sky Television adaptation of  SNODGRASS was broadcast only last month.