|French literary history|
Georges-Jean Arnaud (born July 3, 1928) is a French author.
He was published first in the science fiction magazine Anticipation of French publisher Fleuve Noir during 1971, with his story Les Croisés de Mara [The Crusaders Of Mara] the first volume of a trilogy entitled Chroniques de la Longue Séparation [Chronicles of the Long Separation], in which a group of characters from the lost human colony of Mara, which had reverted to feudalism, rediscovered their origins and then embarked on a quest through space to find Earth.
Arnaud, a prolific writer, is the author of more than three hundred novels of different genres, including espionage thrillers, detective fiction, science fiction, horror, erotic fiction, and mainstream literature.
His espionage fiction includes two series of note: Luc Ferran (16 novels), written with the pseudonym of "Gil Darcy" for publisher L'Arabesque from 1963 to 1969; and Le Commander for Fleuve Noir's magazine Espionnage, with about thirty novels written between 1967 and 1980.
Arnaud also wrote non-series espionage novels with the pseudonyms of "Saint-Gilles" and "Georges Murey" for Ferenczi (1958–60) and L'Arabesque (1957–65), and another fifty-odd novels by his own name for Fleuve Noir's Espionnage (1961–86).
Arnaud's best known work is La Compagnie des glaces (The Company of the Ices), a post-apocalyptic science fiction saga set in a new ice age where railway companies rule the world.  La Compagnie des glaces was adapted during 2007 into a Canadian television series entitled Grand Star, and possibly inspired the Japanese anime and manga series Overman King Gainer which was distributed for 26 episodes from 2002 to 2003. The series also served as the basis for the computer game Transarctica (North American title: Arctic Baron). The first novel of the series was translated to English during 2010 with the title The Ice Company by Jean-Marc Lofficier & Randy Lofficier ISBN 978-1-935558-31-6.
His work has earned a number of awards, including:
- 1952 : Prix du Quai des Orfèvres for Ne tirez pas sur l'inspecteur
- 1966 : Palme d'Or du roman d'espionnage for Les égarés
- 1977 : Prix Mystère de la critique for Enfantasme
- 1988 : Prix Apollo for La Compagnie des glaces
- Website and multiplayer game based on the universe of la compagnie des glaces
- Overview of the series