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Curval, Philippe

Entry updated 20 November 2023. Tagged: Author.

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Pseudonym of French author, journalist and artist Philippe Tronche (1929-2023). From around 1956 Curval was central to the growth of sf in France as bookseller, magazine editor, photographer, chronicler and author. He was a fine stylist whose works, though often they are couched as Satires, are exemplified by a sensual, poetic mood and great affection for his characters. He wrote over thirty stories, beginning with "L'oeuf d'Elduo" ["Elduo's Egg"] in Fiction for December 1955. Le ressac de l'espace ["The Breakers of Space"] (1962) won the Prix Jules Verne in 1963 and L'homme à rebours ["Backwards Man"] (1974) was selected as Best French SF Novel of 1974. Cette chère humanité (1976; trans by Steve Cox as Brave Old World 1981), which won the 1977 Prix Apollo (see Awards), examines the effects of lifespan extension (through the Invention of "slow-time") upon an EEC isolated for decades behind an artificial barrier. [MJ/JC]

Philippe Tronche

born Paris: 27 December 1929

died ?Paris: 5 August 2023

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collections and stories

works as editor


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