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 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.
Ian R MacLeod’s short story SNODGRASS has been developed and produced for television by Made Up North Productions and will air on Sky Arts as part of their Playhouse series, on April 25th 2013. SNODGRASS is an alternate-reality tale, following a certain John Lennon – who quit the Beatles just before they became famous…
A 50 year old John Lennon (Ian Hart) sits in a dingy kitchen, smoking a roll up, unemployed and on his uppers. This is the John Lennon who walked out on the Beatles in 1962, before the hits, before they changed music for ever. A hilarious comedy drama which also stars Kevin Doyle and Eric McNichol.
Open Road Media will publish a ‘best of’ e-book collection of MacLeod’s short stories, enttled SNODGRASS AND OTHER ILLUSIONS, to coincide with the broadcast of SNODGRASS and will be publishing further titles from the author’s backlist later in the year – details to follow.
Ian R Macleod’s most recent novel, WAKE UP AND DREAM, won the Sidewise Award for Best Alternate History. His previous works have won the Arthur C. Clarke, John W. Campbell and World Fantasy Awards, and have been translated into multiple languages.