Tag Archives: Science-fiction

Evolution of the Subs

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Most mags now have “dormant” submission periods. Yes, one does open its sub page at midnight.

I can’t finish without mentioning that one brave editor, David G. Hartwell (of Tor Books), passed away yesterday. He was always nice to the new authors and visited often our Canadian SF conventions (here at Anticipation but I also met him in Boréal 2010 and Ad Astra 2014). He and his exuberantly colored ties will be missed.  

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My Resolution Run

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Yes, we do watch the X-Files !

The Resolution Run is an annual event by organized by the Running Room. They hold bi-weekly runs open to every one, and in winter it is better to run in a group, because of the danger of falling on ice.

There was not much snow at the 2015 RR, but half-melted, darkened snowpacks were abundant. Despite what the comic may let you think, there were crews presents, cheering us at various points on the 5-km route, so no “dark” places. 

It was a good run with the moon peeking through the branches, ominous and magnificent.

Last 2015 pencilled page…

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From an ongoing SF project, Wind Mistress, page 43, pencils. Last page of 2015!

Set in Chaaas’ universe.

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Merry Christmas!

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Book Blunder

 

What happens at the end of a long day!

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This slight mishap happened at the end of a long day…

My colleagues are respected writers, Philippe-Aubert Côté wrote Le Jeu du Demiurge, and Yves Meynard has published The Book of Knights  and Chrysanthe at Tor Books.

My own science-fiction book, L’Écologie d’Odi, and my 16th novel, received an enthusiastic review.  It is the first time that I write a story in a shared universe.

An Empty Table

SF writer and editor Joël Champetier, 57, died May 30, 2015 after a long struggle with leukemia. Champetier was a renowned and award-winning SF author, and longtime editor of Solaris, one of the most prestigious French-language SF magazines in the world.

We lost a good friend this last week-end. The light rain waking me up the same night was Joel’s goodbye or at least, a poetic coincidence.

Joel Champetier did a lot for many of us, and has kept his simplicity and warmth. His SF stories created new trails for us to walk at our rythm.

Splendours and Miseries of the Signing Table – The Fan who won’t Read SF

The Fan who won't read SF - Art by Michele Laframboise, with the kind help from Jeanne-A Debats.

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This comic is very close to my heart because it concerns my favorite literary flavor ice cream, SF.

To write science-fiction, you have to be not only passionate, but you must also know how to explain the genre to your beloved audience! Most readers associate these words with all other things like (badly written) big movie blockbusters.

There has been intellectual snobbery of genre literature by the “white” litterature, an attitude which fortunately is beginning to fade.

At the end of this article, I put a sketch drawn in 2012 to capture the sense of wonder that came over me during my early discovery of science fiction. I would read late in my father’s library.

If you speak French, I recommend that you visit the blog of Jeanne-A. Debats, a writer who does not shy away from daring ideas! She propvided a few lines from the Paris Book fair which has just ended. When I was on site in 2008, I heard some, among those: “Oh, I do not read fiction because it is unreal! »

The “talking squids” allusion is a recent catchphrase in Canadian SF literature, born of a joke by Margaret Atwood, who wrote good SF anticipation and post-apocalyptic, but did not want at one time be associated with the genre. She finally came around and admit the writing, as she explores many genres.

A website had been put up by Vonda McIntyre, featuring a short-story by Stephen Baxter, Sheena 5, about, of course, squids in space.

Discovering science fiction in my father's bookshelves.

Solo Flight

My father, Jacques Laframboise, left early this Saturday morning for his solo flight, without compass nor map.

A 1951 Ecole Polytechnique graduate, planes and air cushion vehicles were his passion. He was still writing an article about aerotrains and computing figures on his hospital bed. Our current level of technology permitted that he passed away peacefully.

I will miss his sense of humor. But he was very serene about his going away.

My father was the first one who introduced me to science fiction.  And to graphic novels, that he read to us the evenings. He has always accepted and encouraged my love of nature and sciences, which I, in turn, endeavour to transmit to the new generations.

A Fresh Comic Page for the New Year

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For 2014, here is this fresh comic page, scanned at 600 dpi, resized to 300 dpi, then retouched in greytones. It will be the first page of Honors Road,  a science fiction manga, from my  own Gardeners universe.  (It will be published in French and English). It is always a challenge for me drawing sea shore, especially  the foreground shallow water.

On the last day of the year, I set myself time to  draw comics. Allan Watts suggested to think about what would you like to do if money was no object. Drawing comics is my favourite activity. It helps me crating or re-creating  new worlds, and adding to the collective imaginarium.

And this is valid for all fields. Reading, sciences research, music, or even contemplating nature in silence feed our imagination.

Here are two artists-bloggers I discovered recently: Melanie Gillman, who make a good use of color pencils.  And I visit the Zen Pencils blog, by artist Gavin Aung Than. The artist draw cartoons from inspitrational quotes.

Jarre à biscuits de Melanie My good 2014 resolution : each month, I will choose a graphic artist website and give a small amount (5$, a large gourmet coffee)in his or her Cookie Jar.

Artists, musicians, writers, even the more popular among us, do not accumulate great riches. Bottom line-seeking companies, even the most successful, now frown upon  paying the artists and even steal their work when they can get away with it.

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Despite the freezing cold, I wish you all a new year filled with joy and creativity! 

The Sunday Artist is a proud 2013 Trillium Award finalist!

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My YA novel Mica, fille de Transyl is a 2013 Trillium Award finalist!

Organised by the Ontario Media Development Corporation, the Trillium awards reward literary excellency in Ontario.

The OMDC supports the province’s creative economy by providing innovative programs, services and funding for the film & television; book & magazine publishing; interactive digital media & music industries.

Moreover, this year, two of the three YA novels belong to the spec-fic genre (outright science fiction for me, anticipation for my colleague Daniel Marchildon). The third novel is in a more familiar crime story genre.

So, as I predicted, SF is finally rising as an acceptable literary genre. It has taken a long undergroung toil and 14 SF novels from my part, to get to see this.

Here, a pic ofthe three Trillium Finalists… at the opening of the Timmins first book fair in April 2008|
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From left to right: Daniel Marchildon, Claude Forand, Michèle Laframboise, happily signing together!