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About Jérôme Cigut

3066-lowresI have been telling stories since I started to talk, and writing them down since I learned the letters, but it’s only recently that I’ve stopped being so serious that I wouldn’t show them to anyone. In 2010, I won New Scientist‘s Flash Fiction competition with Atomic Dreams, an alternate history about Nikola Tesla.

I was born in France but half of my family originally comes from Central Europe. I write in English and French, and I can occasionally understand Russian and Mandarin. After a few spells in Dublin, New York and London, I’ve been living in Hong Kong since 2012.

I like all genres, with a slight preference for Science-Fiction, Noir, Fantasy and Horror — but stories and style are far more important to me than simply genre. Literary idols at the moment: Thomas Pynchon, Boris Akunin, Mikhail Bulgakov, James Ellroy, Neil Gaiman, Antoine Galland, Michel Houellebecq, Marcel Proust and Leo Tolstoy. I also wouldn’t mind being reincarnated as Groucho Marx (my brother has first dibs on Harpo).

Current centers of interest: economics (one of my majors in university), psychology and history; and hard sciences like physics, IT and biology.

English bibliography:

Atomic Dreams, in New Scientist #2792/2793, December 25, 2010.
Winner of New Scientist‘s 2010 Flash Fiction competition, presided that year by Neil Gaiman.

The Rider, in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Sep.-Oct. 2014, reprinted in The Year’s Best SF, Volume 32, edited by Gardner Dozois.

Fish Sauce, in Another Hong Kong, the 2014 anthology of the Hong Kong Writers’ Circle.

Whatever happened to the Punk movement?, an essay / summary of the research I did for the Quantpunk anthology (mentioned below).

Theatre, in English:

– Speed Dating (Liars’ League Hong Kong, September 2016).

– Crumbs (Liars’ League HK, February 2017).

– On a Cliff Edge (Liars’ League HK, September 2017).

Ralphie (Liars’ League HK, December 2017).

Turing, winner of the 2018 Aristophanes award for a science-fiction play. To be published in Géante Rouge in late 2018.

French bibliography:

Tout ce que vous cherchez (“Everything you’re searching for”), on Bifrost’s blog, February 1, 2013.

– La Forêt des Rois, a Weird Fantasy story written for the 2013 French Short Story Day (24 Heures de la Nouvelle).

Pandatown, an animal pastiche of Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, written for the 2014 French Short Story Day (24 Heures de la Nouvelle).

– Guanyin du Sutra Électrique, in Quantpunk, 2016.