Jean-Christophe Valtat

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Jean-Christophe Valtat
Born 1968
Occupation Author, educator, actor, director
Language French, English
Nationality French
Citizenship French
Education École Normale Supérieure, University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle (PhD)
Notable awards Fondation Beaumarchais-France Culture-Villa Médicis prize for La vie inimitable (2000);

Jean-Christophe Valtat, born 1968, is a French writer and teacher. He was educated at École Normale Supérieure and the University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle. He has taught Comparative Literature at Blaise Pascal University in Clermont-Ferrand, and at Paul Valéry University in Montpellier, France, where he researches romantic, modern and contemporary literature, and the relationships between literature, science, technology and the media.

He is the author of the steampunk novels Aurorarama (2010),[1] and Luminous Chaos (2013)[2] published by Melville House. Aurorarama was short-listed for a Red Tentacle Kitschie in 2010, and nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science Fiction Novel in 2011. He also authored two other novels, Exes, and 03,[3] which famous literary critic James Wood picked as one of the best books of 2010, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, and a book of short stories, Album. He has also written the award-winning radio play La vie inimitable[4] and a movie Augustine (2003),[5] which he also co-directed.


  1. ^ "Aurorarama". Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  2. ^ "Luminous Chaos, Book Two in The Mysteries of New Venice series". Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  3. ^ Wallace-Wells, David (26 July 2010), "Jean-Christophe Valtat, 03", The Paris Review Daily, retrieved 27 January 2014
  4. ^ French Embassy in the United States (12–29 Oct 2013). "Jean-Christophe Valtat". NewsgroupCulture French Culture Check |newsgroup= value (help). Retrieved 27 January 2014.
  5. ^ Augustine (2003)