(? - ) Canadian academic in the field of Linguistics and author, active in his professional field from the early years of this century. He came to sf notice with his first fiction, The Themis Files series beginning with Sleeping Giants (2016), whose child protagonist has been rescued from a giant Robot's hand deep Underground, and as an adult Scientist is in the forefront of a intense campaign to understand the ancient War between what may be robot civilizations, one of them destructively inimical to humanity, the other – it may be – extending a "hand" to Uplift the vulnerable inhabitants of Earth. Space Opera topoi shape the tales as the sequence progresses.
Neuvel's most successful fiction may be The Test (2019), a singleton novella set in a Near Future UK; the protagonist, a political refugee from Iran with his family, is subjected to a surrealistically severe and sadistic set of citizenship tests involving Virtual Reality savageries. He becomes a UK citizen, though he has been profoundly damaged. In the world of the near-future UK, this is seen as a kind of triumph. [JC]
born Québec City, Québec.
The Themis Files
- Sleeping Giants (London: Michael Joseph, 2016) [Themis Files: hb/]
- Waking Gods (New York: Del Rey, 2017) [Themis Files: hb/]
- Only Human (London: Michael Joseph, 2018) [Themis Files: pb/]
- The Test (New York: Tor.com, 2019) [pb/Jonathan Gray]
Previous versions of this entry