Châteaureynaud Brings the Nominations

May 25th, 2011 § 0 comments

Good news, everyone! Georges-Olivier Châteaureynaud’s A Life on Paper is currently one of four worthy titles shortlisted for the Science Fiction & Fantasy Translation Awards, Long Form category.

The winning works will be announced at the 2011 Eurocon in Stockholm on the weekend of June 17-19. At that particular moment, Châteaureynaud will be in Mongolia as part of a French cultural delegation. He will probably be in Ulan Bator, though he may already be in the yurt he told me about excitedly when last we met. Maybe they’ll have yurtnet? I’ll have to ask Geoff Ryman.

The ceremony will also honor, with a special award for Services to Translation, the contributions of British author and translator Brian Stableford. No one has more devotedly, and with such consistent quality, brought more French proto-pulp, arcana, and archivalia to light in English, a necessary filling-out of our knowledge of the evolution of speculative fiction in another language.

The award, a worthy initiative spearheaded by the tireless Cheryl Morgan, is in its inaugural year, but I hope that with the support and attention of both the translation and speculative fiction communities, as well as the general reading public, this is just the first of many to come. All my thanks to this year’s jury: Terry Harpold, University of Florida, USA (Chair); Abhijit Gupta, Jadavpur University, India; and Dale Knickerbocker, East Carolina University, USA.

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