I can think ot two classical SF writers that can compete with the great Anglo-Saxons writers (Huxley, Orwell, Bradbury, Heinlein…) : Jules Verne and René Barjavel. They have both that strong vision and didactic style ; even if Verne is mostly SF by accident.

After that, we have some great storytellers, but no great writers like what can be found in Sci-Fi New Wave (Ballard, Disch, Dick, Brunner, Spinrad…)

I think the main difference would come from the nature of the writings ; a lot of French works are questioning the society and its evolutions (beginning far earlier than the American New Wave), while the American one is a lot more optimistic (apart from Cyberpunk subgenre) and with a tropism for space (and beyond !).

I don’t want to dismiss all the French SF litterature ; it’s only that, when in the Noir/Detective stories/criminal novels genre, we have great writers that can play on world level, Sci-Fi French writers don’t bring much to the table.

Of course, in cinema and comics books, the sci-fi creation is far more interesting and can be compared for its richness of themes and interogations to its US counterparts.



Des livres mis sur le trottoir. J’aime bien le Ellison. J’ai de très vagues souvenirs de Kampus, c’est dire si je suis un vieux con.

You have to give credit to Michael Crichton of being able to create the most despicable, unbearable, dreadful, obnoxious character in 3000 years of Occidental [litterature] – one that would make Sauron, the Lannesters and Voldemort, damn it, even the worst mass-murderers in real history, pass for jovial, loving and caring people – in the person of an eight-year old little girl. #jurassicpark