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Lofficier, Jean-Marc

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(1954-    ) French-born editor, translator, publisher and author, often in collaboration with his wife, Randy Lofficier, in the US after 1978. Officier is of sf interest for his occasional fiction, for his extensive work in Comics, for his reference works and Bibliographies, which concentrate on French publications, and for his publishing activities in general. Of his bibliographical work, the most important text is French Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror and Pulp Fiction: A Guide to Cinema, Television, Radio, Animation, Comic Books and Literature from the Middle Ages to the Present (2000) with Randy Lofficier; along with Pierre Versins's untranslated Encyclopédia de l'utopie, des Voyages Extraordinaires et de la Science Fiction (1972), the Lofficier text covers the French fantastic with a comprehensiveness and intensity equalled only by the central texts of English-language bibliography and reference. French Science Fiction has been a source of information throughout this encyclopedia. Other works of reference include Shadowmen: Heroes and Villains of French Pulp Fiction (2003) and Shadowmen II: Heroes and Villains of French Comics (2004), both with Randy Lofficier; plus a series of solo nonfiction guides to the Doctor Who universe, beginning with The Doctor Who Programme Guide (1981 2vols): for details and further titles see Checklist.

Perhaps Lofficier's most influential enterprise, entered into and continued with Randy Lofficier, was the founding in 2003 of Black Coat Press, which over the past decade or so has released a wide range of French Fantastika in English versions, including a remarkable number of novels and collections in competent translations by Brian Stableford, each volume normally accompanied by an informative introduction by Stableford. Due primarily to this outpouring of significant texts, it has become clear to English-language critics and readers that French sf is not a counter-tradition conditional upon the central flow of sf in the UK and America, but an extremely formidable tradition in its own right.

Most of his fiction – in general written with his wife – comprises adaptations of and riffs on earlier material, like Moebius' Arzach (2000) with Randy Lofficier, a Tie to the Comic by Moebius (see Jean Giraud); or Edgar Allan Poe on Mars: The Further Memoirs of Gullivar Jones (2008) with Randy Lofficier. These tales are breezy but informative, often including elucidatory introductions. [JC]

see also: Jean de La Hire.

Jean-Marc Lofficier

born Toulon, France: 22 June 1954




  • Pacifica (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2012) with Randy Lofficier [coll: Pacifica: pb/Mike Hoffman]
  • Pacifica 2 (Encino, California: Hollywood Comics/Black Coat Press, 2016) with Randy Lofficier [coll: Pacifica: pb/Mike Hoffman]

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Doctor Who

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Vampire Almanac

French Fantasy Treasury


Tales of the HexagonVerse

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