Lofficier, Jean-Marc

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(1954-    ) French-born editor, translator, publisher and author, often in collaboration with his wife, Randy Lofficier, in the US after 1978. Officier is of sf interest for his occasional fiction, for his extensive work in Comics, for his reference works and Bibliographies, which concentrate on French publications, and for his publishing activities in general. Of his bibliographical work, the most important text is French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction: A Guide to Cinema, Television, Radio, Animation, Comic Books and Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present (2000) with Randy Lofficier; along with Pierre Versins's untranslated Encyclopédia de l'utopie, des Voyages Extraordinaires et de la Science Fiction (1972), the Lofficier text covers the French fantastic with a comprehensiveness and intensity equalled only by the central texts of English-language bibliography and reference. French Science Fiction has been a source of information throughout this encyclopedia. Other works of reference include Shadowmen: Heroes and Villains of French Pulp Fiction (2003) and Shadowmen II: Heroes and Villains of French Comics (2004), both with Randy Lofficier; plus a series of nonfiction guides to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with The Doctor Who Programme Guide (1981 2vols): for details and further titles see Checklist.

Perhaps Lofficier's most influential enterprise, entered into and continued with Randy Lofficier, was the founding in 2003 of Black Coat Press, which over the past decade or so has released a wide range of French Fantastika in English versions, including a remarkable number of novels and collections in competent translations by Brian Stableford, each volume normally accompanied by an informative introduction by Stableford. Due primarily to this outpouring of significant texts, it has become clear to English-language critics and readers that French sf is not a counter-tradition conditional upon the central flow of sf in the UK and America, but an extremely formidable tradition in its own right.

Most of his fiction – in general written with his wife – comprises adaptations of and riffs on earlier material, like Moebius' Arzach (2000) with Randy Lofficier, a Tie to the Comic by Moebius (see Jean Giraud); or Edgar Allan Poe on Mars: The Further Memoirs of Gullivar Jones (2008) with Randy Lofficier. These tales are breezy but informative, often including elucidatory introductions. [JC]

see also: Jean de La Hire.

Jean-Marc Lofficier

born Toulon, France: 22 June 1954

died

works

  • Moebius' Arzach (New York: Pocket Books/ibooks, 2000) [tie to the Comic: pb/Jean Giraud as Moebius]
  • Doctor Omega (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2003) with Randy Lofficier [adaptation and retelling of Le Docteur Oméga (Paris: La Libraire Mondiale, 1906) by Arnould Galopin (1865-1934): pb/Rapeno]
  • Harry Dickson: The Man in Grey (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2003) with Randy Lofficier [adaptation and retelling of L'Homme au Complet Gris (Paris: Albin Michel, 1931) by Arnould Galopin (1865-1934): pb/]
  • Doc Ardan: City of Gold and Lepers (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2004) with Randy Lofficier [adaptation and retelling of "La Cité de L'Or et de la Lepre" by Guy D'Armen: first published in 1928 in Science et Voyages: pb/Dean Zachary]
  • Robonoccio (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2004) with Randy Lofficier [novella: pb/Sylvain Despretz]
  • Les survivants de l'humanité ["The Survivors of Humanity"] (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2004) with Randy Lofficier [illus/pb/Stephan Martinière]
  • Edgar Allan Poe on Mars: The Further Memoirs of Gullivar Jones (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2008) with Randy Lofficier [for Gullivar Jones see Edwin L Arnold: Edgar Allan Poe: pb/Olivier Peru and Stephene Peru]
  • Crépuscule Vaudou (Paris: Baleine, 2008) [coll: pb/]
  • Pacifica (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2012) with Randy Lofficier [coll: pb/]
  • Citysfgateway.com (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2012) with Randy Lofficier [screenplay: pb/Mike Hoffman]

nonfiction

series

Doctor Who

individual titles

works as editor

series

Shadowmen

Vampire Almanac

French Fantasy Treasury

individual titles as editor

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