2021 Prix Actusf De L’uchronie Winners

The winners of the 2021 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie were announced November 19.

It is a juried award for work in a specialized segment of sff field, described in the Wikipedia:

Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined.

Middle-Earth and the Hyborean Age are examples of uchronic settings.

French publisher ActuSF gives the award in three categories:

  • The Literary Prize, rewarding essays and novels.
  • The Prix Graphisme, rewarding comics, covers and other pictorial initiatives.
  • The Special Prize, rewarding an original uchronic work, be it a game, an exhibition, etc.

Eligible works were those published or released in French between September 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

PRIX LITTÉRAIRE

  • Aucune terre n’est promise by Lavie Tidhar. (Unholy Land) Translation by Julien Bétan (Mnémos Label Mu)

PRIX GRAPHIQUE

  • Les Chimères de Vénus T1 by Étienne Jung (Design), Alain Ayroles (Scénario) (Rue de Sèvres)

PRIX SPÉCIAL

  • Les chroniques de St Mary by Jodi Taylor. (For the series The Chronicles of St. Mary’s) Translation by Cindy Colin Kapen (HC éditions)

The 2021 award jury members are: Étienne Barillier, Bertrand Campeis, Karine Gobled, Hermine Hémon, Jean Rebillat and Jean-Luc Rivera.

[Thanks to JJ for identifying the English titles of translated works.]

2021 Prix Actusf De L’uchronie Nominees

The shortlist for the 2021 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie was revealed on October 22.

It is a juried award for work in a specialized segment of sff field, described in the Wikipedia:

Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined.

Middle-Earth and the Hyborean Age are examples of uchronic settings.

French publisher ActuSF gives the award in three categories:

  • The Literary Prize, rewarding essays and novels.
  • The Prix Graphisme, rewarding comics, covers and other pictorial initiatives.
  • The Special Prize, rewarding an original uchronic work, be it a game, an exhibition, etc.

Eligible works were those published or released in French between September 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.

The winners will be announced in November and the prize awarded on December 4, 2021 at the La Dimension Fantastique bookstore in Paris.

Here is the list of nominees for the 2021 Prix ActuSF de l’Uchronie:

PRIX LITTÉRAIRE

  • Aucune terre n’est promise by Lavie Tidhar. (Unholy Land) Translation by Julien Bétan (Mnémos Label Mu)
  • Célestopol 1922 by Emmanuel Chastellière (L’Homme Sans Nom)
  • Lady Astronaute et Vers les étoiles by Mary Robinette Kowal. (The Calculating Stars) Translation by Patrick Imbert (Denoël Lunes d’encre)
  • Le Grand jeu by Benjamin Lupu (Bragelonne)
  • Le Mystère du Tramway hanté et Les tambours du dieu noir; followed by L’étrange affaire du djinn du Caire by P. Djèlí Clark. (The Haunting of Tram Car 015 and The Black God’s Drums) Translation by Mathilde Montier (L’Atalante)

PRIX GRAPHIQUE

  • Horseback 1861 by Hasteda (Scénario) and Nikho (Design) (Ankama label 619)
  • Le Voyage extraordinaire T7, Cycle 3 – Vingt mille lieues sous les glaces 1/3 by Denis-Pierre Filippi (Scénario) Silvio Camboni (Design) (Glénat, collection Vents d’Ouest)
  • Les Chimères de Vénus T1 by Étienne Jung (Design), Alain Ayroles (Scénario) (Rue de Sèvres)

PRIX SPÉCIAL

  • Et si Napoléon, quatorze récits d’uchronies napoléoniennes, Anthology edited by Stéphanie Nicot (Mnémos)
  • For All Mankind Saison 2 (Apple TV)  (French-subtitled version of the streaming series)
  • Les chroniques de St Mary by Jodi Taylor. (For the series The Chronicles of St. Mary’s) Translation by Cindy Colin Kapen (HC éditions)
  • Traité de chronoportation d’Ostramus (Oneiroi) (A French-only work on Time Travel, ostensibly written by a time-traveler named Ostramus)

The 2021 award jury members are: Étienne Barillier, Bertrand Campeis, Karine Gobled, Hermine Hémon, Jean Rebillat and Jean-Luc Rivera.

[Thanks to JJ for identifying the English titles of translated works.]

2020 Prix ActuSF de l’Uchronie Winners

The 2020 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie  jury announced the award winners on November 24.

The award recognizes work in a specialized segment of sff field, described in the Wikipedia:

Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined.

Middle-Earth and the Hyborean Age are examples of uchronic settings.

PRIX LITTÉRAIRE [rewarding essays and novels]

  • Les Miracles du bazar Namiya by Keigo Higashino (translated by Sophie Refle), éditions Actes Sud collection Exofictions

PRIX GRAPHIQUE [comics, covers and other pictorial initiatives]

The COVID-19 pandemic did not allow the jury to rule in this category.

The jury would however like to point out volume 2 of the series The Last Atlas by Fabien Vehlmann, Gwen De Bonneval, Hervé Tanquerelle and Fred Blanchard (published by Dupuis editions). Volume 1 received the ActuSF award for uchronie 2019. Volume 2 confirms the quality of the series.

PRIX SPÉCIAL [rewarding an original uchronic work, be it a game, an exhibition, etc.]

Eligible works were those published or released in French between September 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

The 2020 award jury members are: Étienne Barillier, Bertrand Campeis, Karine Gobled, Hermine Hémon, Jean Rebillat and Jean-Luc Rivera.

2020 Prix ActuSF de l’Uchronie Nominees

The shortlist for the 2020 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie was revealed on October 13.

It is a juried award for work in a specialized segment of sff field, described in the Wikipedia:

Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined.

Middle-Earth and the Hyborean Age are examples of uchronic settings.

French publisher ActuSF gives the award in three categories:

  • The Literary Prize, rewarding essays and novels.
  • The Prix Graphisme, rewarding comics, covers and other pictorial initiatives.
  • The Special Prize, rewarding an original uchronic work, be it a game, an exhibition, etc.

Eligible works were those published or released in French between September 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.

The winners will be announced in November. The ceremony would have been at the Rencontres de l’Imaginaire de Sèvres, which has been canceled due to the pandemic — how the award ceremony will be handled is still under consideration.

Here is the list of nominees for the 2020 Prix ActuSF de l’Uchronie:

PRIX LITTÉRAIRE

  • Les Miracles du bazar Namiya by Keigo Higashino (translated by Sophie Refle), éditions Actes Sud collection Exofictions
  • Te souviendras-tu de demain? by Zygmunt Mi?oszewski (translated by Kamil Barbarski), éditions Fleuve
  • Une machine comme moi by Ian McEwan (translated by France Camus-Pichon), éditions Gallimard
  • The Twisted Tales Disney series by Liz Braswell, Elizabeth Lim and Jen Calonita (translated by Laurent Laget), éditions Hachette Heroes, for the following volumes: Profondeurs de l’océan – Et si Ariel n’avait jamais vaincu Ursula? [Ocean depths – What if Ariel had never defeated Ursula?]; Renouveau – Et si Anna et Elsa ne s’étaient jamais rencontrées? [Renewal – What if Anna and Elsa had never met?]; and Il était un rêve – Et si la Belle aux bois dormant ne s’était jamais réveillée? [It was a dream – What if Sleeping Beauty had never woken up?]
  • The Les Chroniques de St Mary series by Jodi Taylor (translated by Cindy Colin Kapen), éditions Hervé Chopin, for T4 Une Trace dans le temps et T5 Hier ou jamais

PRIX GRAPHIQUE

The COVID-19 did not allow the jury to rule in this category.

The jury would however like to point out volume 2 of the series The Last Atlas by Fabien Vehlmann, Gwen De Bonneval, Hervé Tanquerelle and Fred Blanchard (published by Dupuis editions). Volume 1 received the ActuSF award for uchronie 2019. Volume 2 confirms the quality of the series.

PRIX SPÉCIAL

  • Mnémos et Timothée Rey for the complete La Guerre uchronique by Fritz Leiber
  • Science & Vie Hors-série septembre 2019 : Et si …
  • The Watchmen series
  • The For All Mankind series
  • The site Un monde meilleur? [A Better World?] Simulation d’Uchronies

The 2020 award jury members are: Étienne Barillier, Bertrand Campeis, Karine Gobled, Hermine Hémon, Jean Rebillat and Jean-Luc Rivera.

2019 Prix ActuSF de l’Uchronie Winners

The 2019 Prix Actusf de l’Uchronie were presented at the Rencontres de l’imaginaire 2019 on November 30.

French publisher ActuSF gives the award in three categories:

  • The Literary Prize, rewarding essays and novels.
  • The Prix Graphisme, rewarding comics, covers and other pictorial initiatives.
  • The Special Prize, rewarding an original uchronic work, be it a game, an exhibition, etc.

PRIX LITTÉRAIRE

  • Frankenstein 1918 de Johan Heliot, L’Atalante

PRIX GRAPHIQUE

  • Le Dernier Atlas T1/3 de Fred Blanchard (dessin), Gwen De Bonneval (scénario), Hervé Tanquerelle (dessin) et Fabien Vehlmann (scénario), Dupuis

PRIX SPÉCIAL

  • Effluvium de Didier Graffet et Xavier Mauméjean, Bragelonne

It is an award for work in a specialized segment of sff field, described in the Wikipedia:

Uchronia refers to a hypothetical or fictional time-period of our world, in contrast to altogether fictional lands or worlds. A concept similar to alternate history but different in the manner that uchronic times are not easily defined.

Middle-Earth and the Hyborean Age are examples of uchronic settings.

The 2019 jury was composed of Étienne Barillier, Bertrand Campeis, Karine Gobled, Hermine Hémon, Jean Rebillat and Jean-Luc Rivera.