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Sadoul, Jacques

Entry updated 6 October 2023. Tagged: Author, Critic.

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(1934-2013) French editor and author, one of the first editors to launch sf successfully in paperback form in France; he worked first with Éditions Opta and then with J'ai lu, where he founded the Science-fiction imprint and edited the Les Meilleurs Récits series of anthologies of stories translated from the US Pulp magazines. He was also a founder of the Prix Apollo (see Awards). Hier, l'an 2000: L'illustration de science fiction des années 30 (1973; trans as 2000 A.D.: Illustrations From the Golden Age of Science Fiction Pulps 1975), a book of sf Illustration compiled by Sadoul, mostly in black-and-white, presents a good selection of gaudy nostalgia but has no index. His Histoire de la science-fiction moderne, 1911-1971 ["Story of Modern SF"] (1973; 1975 2vols; rev 1984) [see Checklist for vts] is a lengthy and enthusiastic survey of the field, but has been upbraided for lacking critical analysis, having a pedestrian style and structure, and containing too many sweeping generalizations and personal prejudices. Two fantastic novels by Sadoul are La Passion selon Satan ["The Passion according to Satan"] (1960) and Le Jardin de la licorne ["The Garden of the Unicorn"] (1977). [MJ/PN]

Jacques Sadoul

born Agen, Lot-et-Garonne, France: 5 March 1934

died Astaffort, Lot-et-Garonne, France: 18 January 2013




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