Episode 111: Jean-Louis Trudel

An hour-plus conversation with Jean-Louis Trudel, author of twenty-nine books in French for both young adults and adults, more than a hundred short stories in French and English, and one-half with Yves Meynard of the nom de plume Laurent McAllister.

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The Introduction

Jean-Louis Trudel is the author of twenty-nine books in French for both adults and young adults, as well as a history of science fiction in Quebec (among other works of science fiction criticism). He is also the author of more than a hundred short stories in French published in magazines such as imagine… and Solaris, as well as in Canadian, French, and Belgian anthologies.  He has collaborated with Canadian writer Yves Meynard on several stories, in French and in English, writing under the pen name Laurent McAllister. 

In English, he is the author of short stories published in multiple anthologies and magazines, including Asimov’s and ON SPEC.  A few more stories have appeared in English translation.  Finally, he is the author of a handful of poems, most recently “Summer Encroaching, Winter Yielding”, a 2022 Rhysling Award nominee.

He’s also translated, into French, stories by Canadian author John Park and, into English, stories by French author Jean-Claude Dunyach, among others.  He was the translator, from the French, of the novel The Dragon’s Eye (Tor, 1999) by Joël Champetier.  His translations into French of the young adult novels of Monica Hughes’ Isis Trilogy came out in 2002 and 2003.

Jean-Louis Trudel has been an Aurora Award finalist and winner many times since 1992, a Prix Boréal finalist and winner more than once since 1994, and one of the three finalists in 1994, 1995, 1999, and 2001 for the Grand Prix de la Science-Fiction et du Fantastique québécois, winning in 2001.  In 1996, he was among the finalists for Ontario’s Trillium Book Award in the French-language category.  His stories have been translated into English, French, Russian, Greek, Portuguese, Italian, Chinese, and Romanian.  He has organized or helped organize science fiction conventions and festivals including Boréal and the World Science Fiction Convention. 

His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in physics at the University of Ottawa, a master’s degree in astronomy at the University of Toronto, a second master’s degree in history and philosophy of science and technology at the University of Toronto, and a doctorate in history from the Université du Québec à Montréal.  He has taught in five different universities.

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