Sernine, Daniel

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Pseudonym of Canadian author Alain Lortie (1955-    ), a central force in Canadian sf, who began publishing in 1975 with the dark fantasies "Jalbert" and "La Bouteille" ["The Bottle"] for Requiem 5, later serving (from 1983) on the editorial collective of that magazine, now renamed Solaris (see Canada). His early work was collected in Les Contes de l'ombre ["Tales from the Shadow"] (coll 1979). His novels, marketed for Young Adult readers, are split into two main series: the Neubourg and Granverger fantasies, set in an imaginary enclave of New France – Légendes du vieux manoir ["Tales from the Old Manor House"] (coll 1979), Le Trésor du "Scorpion" (1980; trans as The "Scorpion" Treasure 1990), L'Épée Arhapal (1981; trans as The Sword Arhapal 1990) and Le Cercle Violet ["The Purple Circle"] (1984) – and the Exode or Argus sequence, about a benevolent extraterrestrial organization keeping watch on the Earth: Organisation Argus (1979; trans David Homel as Those Who Watch the Skies 1990), Argus Intervient (1983; trans David Homel as Argus Steps In 1990), Argus: mission mille ["Argus: The Thousandth Mission"] (1989) and Les Rêves d'Argus ["The Dreams of Argus"] (1991). Both series are brought together in La nef dans le nuages ["The Ship in the Clouds"] (1989). Some of the adult stories assembled in Le Vieil Homme et l'espace ["The Old Man and Space"] (coll 1981) also belong to the Exode saga; the collection as a whole effectively displays Sernine's social and political interests, as does the ambitious and well received Les Méandres du temps ["The Meanders of Time"] (1983). More recently, he has begun publishing tales set in a neverending Carnival; these have been assembled as Boulevard des étoiles ["Stardust Boulevard"] (coll 1991) and À la Recherche de Monsieur Goodtheim ["Looking for Mr Goodtheim"] (coll 1991). This more recent work shows a willingness to explore new avenues, a willingness also demonstrated by Chronoreg (1992), a complex and bleak time-travel tale, set in an Alternate History Earth, and featuring a homosexual Telepathic death-haunted mercenary. [LP]

Alain Lortie

born Montreal, Quebec: 7 November 1955

died

works

series

Neubourg and Granverger

  • Légendes du vieux manoir ["Tales from the Old Manor House"] (Montreal, Quebec: Sélect, 1979) [coll: Neubourg and Granverger: binding unknown/]
  • Le Trésor du "Scorpion" (Montreal, Quebec: Paulines, 1980) [Neubourg and Granverger: binding unknown/]
    • Scorpion's Treasure (Windsor. Ontario: Black Moss, 1990) [trans of the above: Neubourg and Granverger: pb/]
  • L'Épée Arhapal (Montreal, Quebec: Paulines, 1981) [Neubourg and Granverger: binding unknown/]
    • The Sword Arhapal (Windsor. Ontario: Black Moss, 1990) [trans of the above: Neubourg and Granverger: pb/]
  • Le Cercle Violet ["The Purple Circle"] (Montreal, Quebec: Pierre Tisseyre, Conquêtes, 1984) [Neubourg and Granverger: binding unknown/]

Argus

  • Organisation Argus (Montreal, Quebec: Paulines, 1979) [Argus: binding unknown/]
  • Argus Intervient (Montreal, Quebec: Paulines, 1983) [Argus: binding unknown/]
    • Argus Steps In (Windsor. Ontario: Black Moss, 1990) [trans by David Homel of the above: Argus: pb/]
  • Argus: mission mille ["Argus: The Thousandth Mission"] (Montreal, Quebec: Paulines, 1989) [Argus: binding unknown/]
  • Les Rêves d'Argus ["The Dreams of Argus"] (Montreal, Quebec: Paulines, 1991) [Argus: binding unknown/]

Carnival

Time Suite

  • Les Méandres du temps ["The Meanderings of Time"] (Lévis, Quebec: Alire, 2004) [Time Suite: pb/Laurine Spehner]
  • Les Archipels du temps ["The Archipelagos of Time"] (Lévis, Quebec: Alire, 2005) [Time Suite: pb/Laurine Spehner]
  • Les Écueils du temps ["The Pitfalls of Time"] (Lévis, Quebec: Alire, 2005) [Time Suite: pb/Laurine Spehner]

individual titles

  • Les Contes de l'ombre ["Tales from the Shadow"] (Montreal, Quebec: Sélect, 1979) [coll: binding unknown/]
    • Les Portes mystérieuses ["The Mysterious Doors"] (Montreal, Quebec: Héritage, 1993) [rev vt of the above: binding unknown/]
  • La Cité inconnue ["The Unknown City"] (Montreal, Quebec: Paulines, 1982) [binding unknown/]
  • Le Vieil Homme et l'Espace (Longueuil, Quebec: Le Préambule, 1981) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Les Méandres du temps ["The Meanders of Time"] (Longueuil, Quebec: Le Préambule, 1983) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Quand vient la nuit ["As Night Falls"] (Longueuil, Quebec: Le Préambule, 1983) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Ludovic (Montreal, Quebec: Pierre Tisseyre, Conquêtes, 1983) [binding unknown/]
  • Les Envoûtements ["Bewitchments"] (Montreal, Quebec: Paulines, 1985) [binding unknown/]
  • La nef dans le nuages ["The Ship in the Clouds"] (Montreal, Quebec: Paulines, 1989) [binding unknown/]
  • Nuits Blêmes ["Wan Nights"] (Montreal, Quebec: XYZ Éditeur, L'Ere nouvelle, 1990) [binding unknown/]
  • Quatres destins ["Four Destinies"] (Montreal, Quebec: Paulines, 1990) [binding unknown/]
  • La Magicienne bleue ["The Blue Magician"] (Montreal, Quebec: Pierre Tisseyre, 1991) [binding unknown/]
  • Le Cercle de Khaleb ["Khaleb's Circle"] (Saint-Lambert. Quebec: Héritage, Échos, 1991) [binding unknown/]
  • Chronoreg (Montreal, Quebec: Amérique, 1992) [binding unknown/]
  • La Couleur nouvelle ["The New Colour"] (Montreal, Quebec: Amérique, 1993) [binding unknown/]
  • Manuscrit trouvé dans un secrétaire ["Manuscript found in a Desk"] (Saint-Laurent, Quebec: Pierre Tisseyre, 1994) [binding unknown/]
  • Sur la scène des siècles ["On the Scene for Centuries"] (Montreal, Quebec: Publications Ianus, 1995) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • La Traversée de l'apprenti sorcier ["The Transit of the Sorcerer's Apprentice"] (Montreal, Quebec: Médiaspaul, 1995) [binding unknown/]
  • L'Arc-en-cercle (Montreal, Quebec: Héritage, 1995) [binding unknown/]
  • Petites Fugues en lettres mineures ["Small Fugues in Minor"] (Saint-Lambert, Quebec: Héritage 1997) [coll: binding unknown/]
  • Maure à Venise ["A Moor in Venice"] (Gatineau, Quebec: Vents d'Ouest, 2005) [coll: binding unknown/]

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