French SF/Fantasy Novels (in the original)
May 7, 2013 9:50 AM Subscribe
I recently discovered an awesome local bookstore in France, hence I'd like to pick up a French-language SF/F novel that isn't a translation and would be difficult to find in the US. Suggestions? (Subgenre preferences below the jump)
posted by serelliya to media & arts (8 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
My favorite English-language authors are Guy Gavriel Kay and Ellen Kushner. I like complex political fantasy, philosopical-epic rather than swords-and-sorcery-epic, fantasy of manners, stories that explore class and ethnicity and gender. I am less well-read in science fiction, but generally tend towards character-driven "soft" SF or well-written space opera (going back to the philosophical epic idea) or SF romance à la Catherine Asaro.
Ideally--because I have limited luggage space and only want to buy one more book--this would be a standalone, contemporary novel that isn't too long (let's say <500 pages) because I read French much, much slower than English. I've already acquired several of my favorite books in French translation, but would like to try someone new. I prefer contemporary authors to the older classics, generally. Bonus points if it hasn't yet been translated into English!