Thursday, April 02, 2009

Aliette de Bodard

I'm kinda following Mary Robinette Kowal's lead on this, but herewith a post spotlighting one of my fellow John W. Campbell Award Nominees!

This time it's Aliette de Bodard, who Mary just interviewed over at her place: Mary Robinette Kowal's interview with Aliette. I can't tell you much more about Aliette than is available at her website, but I can mention a few cool things that might get you interested in heading over there.

Aliette lives in Paris. That's in France. Her first language in French, but she writes in English. (Puts me to shame.) In addition to being French, she's half-Vietnamese. She's published stories in Electric Velocipede, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Coyote Wild Magazine, Abyss & Apex, and Deep Magic, just to name a few. She incorporates non-Western cultures into her fiction, including Indian mythology and Chinese and Aztec inspired material. Cool. I think that's terrific - and not just out of desire to see more of the world in fantasy but because those cultures are surely rich in fantastic potential. She was a Writers of the Future winner in 2007. We have, apparently, arrived at the future.

And here's a link to another story by Aliette. There are plenty more available at her website, but I just read and enjoyed this one via Electric Velocipede; it's called The Dragon's Tears.

Oh, here's another interview at Turn The Page Magazine.

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Blogger Aliette de Bodard said...

Aw, thanks a lot for the kind words and the linkage! I'm looking forward to hearing more about the other Campbell nominees through here.
(and BTW, my copy of Acacia arrived yesterday morning. Looking forward to the read)

1:32 PM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi Aliette,

My pleasure, of course. Thanks for picking up Acacia! Has me wondering which version you received: the US, the UK, the French...

5:16 PM  
Blogger Aliette de Bodard said...

US; I wanted to read the original version, and the UK one was more expensive to get from France.
I didn't know there was a French version; went and checked it out on amazon. The cover really is lovely.

2:45 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

Hi again. I thought I'd responded to this a couple days ago, but I guess it glitched...

I mentioned that I liked the French cover use of the Acacia imagery too. Also mentioned that I'll be in France next month for Imaginales. Any chance you'll be there?

10:46 PM  
Blogger Aliette de Bodard said...

Ack, no, there's only so many journeys I can take... I heard it's a very good con, though--you should have tons of fun.

I don't suppose there's any chance you'll be passing through Paris?

6:33 AM  
Blogger David Anthony Durham said...

I will be passing through Paris, but I'm on my publisher's schedule. Might be fairly busy. Perhaps we should keep in touch about it, though.


12:08 PM  
Blogger Aliette de Bodard said...

Sure, keep me in touch--I'll be around anyway. Let me know if some free time comes up.

6:36 AM  

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