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Black Coat Press Announces Ambitious “Best of French SF” Program

Black Coat Press have announced their forthcoming plans for an ambitious release of a whole slew of translated French science fiction – here is the press release:

This month, Black Coat Press is launching an extensive program of translations of both classic and contemporary works of French science fiction and fantasy, spearheaded by award-winning writer and translator Brian Stableford, under the editorship of Jean-Marc and Randy Lofficier.

At the top of the list of titles to be released in 2010 are a five-volume series of works by Maurice Renard and a six-volume series of works by J.-H. Rosny Aîné, best known to English-speaking audiences for The Hands of Orlac and Quest for Fire, respectively. More classic works by André Couvreur, Henri Falk, Jules Lermina, Gustave Le Rouge, José Moselli, Han Ryner, and Jacques Spitz are currently in the planning stage.

Contemporary authors to be translated include Kurt Steiner (a.k.a. André Ruellan), G.-J. Arnaud, Richard Bessière, André Caroff and P.-J. Hérault. New editions of previously translated works by Gérard Klein and Michel Jeury are also planned.

In total, over two dozen new translations will be released during 2010, an unprecedented effort in the history of genre publishing.

Among the proto- and golden age French science fiction classics already released by Black Coat Press are such significant works as Félix Bodin’s The Novel of the Future (1834), Didier de Chousy’s Ignis (1883), C.I. Defontenay’s Star-Psi Cassiopeia (1854), Charles Derennes’ The People of the Pole (1907), Arthur Galopin’s Doctor Omega (1906), Octave Joncquel & Théo Varlet’s The Martian Epic (1921), Jean de La Hire’s Nyctalope novels (1911-21), Georges Le Faure & Henri de Graffigny’s The Extraordinary Adventures of a Russian Scientist across the Solar System (1888-96), Gustave Le Rouge’s The Vampires of Mars (1908), Jules Lermina’s Panic in Paris (1910), Henri de Parville’s An Inhabitant of the Planet Mars (1865), Gaston de Pawlowski’s Journey to the Land of the 4th Dimension (1912), Albert Robida’s The Adventures of Saturnin Farandoul (1879) and The Clock of the Centuries (1902), as well as two collections of Villiers de l’Isle-Adam stories, two collections of the pulp hero adventures of Sâr Dubnotal and Harry Dickson, and two anthologies of ground-breaking proto-SF stories by Brian Stableford.

Contemporary works include two collections by Jean-Claude Dunyach, The Night Orchid and The Thieves of Silence, a collection of stories by Jean-Marc & Randy Lofficier, Pacifica, Xavier Mauméjean’s award-winning novel The League of Heroes, and Philippe Ward’s contemporary horror thriller, Artahe.

Since its inception in the summer of 2003, Black Coat Press has been the foremost publisher of French science fiction and crime thrillers in the English-language.

A division of Hollywood Comics.com, LLC, Black Coat Press, named after Paul Féval’s seminal 19th century crime thriller saga The Black Coats, which it publishes, is a Encino, CA-based small press publisher whose products are listed on the Bowker’s Books in Print â index and Publishers Authority Database. Its books are produced by Lightning Source, a subsidiary of Ingram Industries, Inc.

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January 28, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

3 Comments

  1. This is simply the most wonderful news regarding translations to English I’ve heard in quite a while! I love Quest for Fire (both the film AND the novel), and the Cruel Tales of Villiers de l’Isle-Adam are among the best short fiction ever written (he can be considered the French grandfather of flash fiction). And I’m looking forward to read Dunyach and the Lofficier siblings, who I already know by fame.

    This is great news indeed!

    Comment by Fabio | January 28, 2010

  2. This is great news. I’ve loved the Black Coat translations.

    And ditto Fabio’s comment on Villiers de L’Isle-Adam.

    Comment by Justin Howe | January 29, 2010

  3. Dear Fabio:

    Thank you for the heartwarming. Two Dunyach collections, THE NIGHT ORCHID and THE THIEVES OF SILENCE, and one by yours truly (with wife Randy), PACIFICA, are already available on our website or through amazon, b&n, etc.

    The six Rosny (Quest for Fire) books will be released monthly, starting in March with THE NAVIGATORS OF SPACE, a bold Martian Odyssey written in the 1930s.

    Dear Justin:

    Thank you for the kind words; Brian Stableford deserves all the credit.

    Comment by JM Lofficier | January 29, 2010


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