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Author:  Roy [ Sat Oct 31, 2015 10:47 pm ]
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Yal Ayerdhal, French author, dies at 56. He appeared once in IZ with Flickering #167, May 01 but I thought he also had stories in F&SF. the ISFDB does not confirm that.
Yal Ayerdhal, 56, a French thriller and science fiction writer from Lyon, considered one of the leading names in both genres, died on October 27th, 2015 from cancer. His later work preferred the thriller genre: Transparences, Resurgences and Rainbow Warriors play with various genres to enchant the reader.
Born on January 26, 1959, Yal received the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in 2004 for Transparences and in 1993 for his novel Demain une oasis. Yal shared the Prix Tour Eiffel with co-author Jean-Claude Dunyach for their 1999 novel Etoiles mourantes; he received an award for his novel Parleur ou les chroniques d’un rêve enclavé, and received the Cyrano award for lifetime achievement in the service of genre fiction and its authors. Rainbow Warriors (published end May 2013) flirts with political fiction, with most protagonist being LGTBQ.
In addition to his own writing career, he devoted part of his time to supporting aspiring young authors and, with Le droit du Serf, to the struggle with copyright law’s exceptions in the service of authors.
Yal held genre fiction in the highest regard, not only as a tool for learning, but as a tool for the expression of one’s imagination and political inspirations. He frequently used a quote from the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre: “The writer’s function is to make sure that no-one can ignore the world and that no-one can declare him/herself innocent.”
via Andrew Porter

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