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Bérard, Sylvie

Entry updated 12 September 2022. Tagged: Author.

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(1965-    ) Canadian academic and author who began to publish work of interest in the fields of the fantastic with "Autour de l'elfe" ["Around the Elf"] for Nouvelles fraîches #3 in 1987, and who has published about forty stories since. Her first novel, Elle meurt à la fin ["She Died at the End"] (1993) with Brigitte Caron, is nonfantastic; her second, Terre des Autres (2002 Solaris #143 as "La Guerre sans temps" ["War Without Time"]; much exp 2004; trans Sheryl Curtis as Of Wind and Sand 2009), is an allegorical sf tale set in a world whose lizard-like authochthones are threatened by human invaders, who plan ultimately to Terraform the planet. Variously playing the roles of victim and victimizer, both humans and natives engage in behaviours illuminative of the "discourse" of colonialism, though with an abstractedness damaging to any sense that an actual planet has been imagined. By the end of a century of this, a meliorist mixed-race village, hidden from sight, offers some hope of a civilized outcome. [JC]

Sylvie Bérard

born Montreal, Quebec: 1965


  • Terre des Autres (Lévis, Québec: Alire, 2004) [pb/Guy England]
    • Of Wind and Sand (Alberta, Canada: Edge Science Fiction and Fantasy Publishing, 2009) [trans by Sheryl Curtis of the above: pb/Justyn Perry]


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