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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.

 

 

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

 

 

French bibliography:

Cigut-tout-ce-que-vous-cherchez-une_sTout 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).