Meynard, Yves

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(1964-    ) Canadian author, fluent in both English and French, who has written in French, in collaboration with Jean-Luc Trudel, as by Laurent McAllister; he began to publish work of genre interest with "Nouvelle Vague" ["New Wave"] in Imagine for March 1988, about two-thirds of his shorter work being written in French. Works in English are usually written directly in that language, not translated by the author from French originals, though some of his short stories have been so translated.

Meynard is primarily an author of fantasy. His two novels in English – The Book of Knights (1998), and Chrysanthe (2012) [for publication details see Checklist below] – are each clear, almost crystalline examinations of the relationship between personality and obligation, dramatized through the rise to proactive maturity of the young protagonists of each tale, both of them set in magicked mediaeval lands. The narrative distance from each protagonist, and the meditative intensity of the telling, tend to distinguish these tales from Young Adult modes; neither was marketed as YA.

Though some of the tales assembled in Angels & Exiles: Stories (coll 2015) are sf, and as a whole the collection ranges through the diverse tenements of Fantastika, it is as a strong writer of fantasy that Meynard remains best known. [JC]

Yves Meynard

born Quebec City, Quebec: 1964

died

works

series

Les îles du Zodiaque ["The Islands of the Zodiac"]

  • Le messager des orages ["The Messenger from the Storms"] (Montreal, Quebec: Éditions Médiaspaul, 2001) with Jean-Louis Trudel, writing together as by Laurent McAllister [in the publisher's Collection Jeunesse-Pop series: Les îles du Zodiaque: pb/Charles Vinh]
  • Sur le chemin des tornades ["On the Path of the Tornadoes"] (Montreal, Quebec: Éditions Médiaspaul, 2003) with Jean-Louis Trudel, writing together as by Laurent McAllister [in the publisher's Collection Jeunesse-Pop series: Les îles du Zodiaque: pb/Charles Vinh]
  • Le maître des bourrasques ["The Master of the Squalls"] (Montreal, Quebec: Éditions Médiaspaul, 2006) with Jean-Louis Trudel, writing together as by Laurent McAllister [in the publisher's Collection Jeunesse-Pop series: Les îles du Zodiaque: pb/Charles Vinh]

Chrysanthe

individual titles

  • The Book of Knights (New York: Tor, 1998) [hb/from Christian Jank, "Meeting Between Parsifal and the King of Cumberland"]
  • Suprématie ["Supremacy"] (Paris: Éditions Bragelonne, 2009) with Jean-Louis Trudel, writing together as by Laurent McAllister [pb/Paul Swendsen]

collections

works as editor

  • Tesseracts5 (Edmonton, Alberta: The Books Collective/Tesseract Books, 1996) with Robert Runté [anth: Tesseracts: Tesseracts: hb/Jeff Kuipers]

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