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Le Tellier, Hervé

Entry updated 12 September 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, discovers months after landing that they have in some sense been bifurcated into two, each individual being and/or generating a Clone. There are hints of Time Paradoxes, and an underlying sense that they have suffered transference into a Virtual Reality Zone. [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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