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Le Tellier, Hervé

Entry updated 5 December 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1957-    ) French mathematician and author, president of the Oulipo Group (see Mathematics; Oulipo); active from around 1990. Though much of his work is expectably and proficiently generated from "arbitrary" models, with linguistic/mathematical rhythms often commanding multiple unpackings of human behaviour, including Sex positions and outcomes, he is primarily of sf interest for L'anomalie (2020; trans Adriana Hunter as The Anomaly 2021), where Le Tellier's default mathematicated caltraps are transformed into a narrative more directly elucidative of sf topoi. A group of passengers on a flight to America, after the plane suffers an anomalous turbulence, land safely, but three months later discover that they have in some sense been bifurcated when the identical plane now emerges from the same turbulence carrying the same passengers, for whom no time has passed: they are less like Clones of the "originals" than Doppelgangers. There are hints of Time Paradoxes, and some suspicion that the two versions of the cast have suffered manipulation through a Virtual Reality Zone, where Secret Masters of the universe have been conducting an experiment. [JC]

Hervé Le Tellier

born Paris: 21 April 1957

works (highly selected)

  • L'anomalie (Paris: Gallimard, 2020) [in the publisher's Collection Blanche series: pb/nonpictorial]
    • The Anomaly (New York: Other Press, 2021) [trans by Adriana Hunter of the above: pb/]


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