Sylvain Neuvel

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Sylvain Neuvel
Neuvel at the 2018 Phoenix Comic Fest
Neuvel at the 2018 Phoenix Comic Fest
Quebec City, Quebec
OccupationNovelist, Translator
GenreScience Fiction
Notable worksThe "Themis Files"
Years active2010s-present

Sylvain Neuvel is a Canadian science fiction writer, known as the author of The Themis Files. He was born in Quebec City and raised in the suburb of L'Ancienne-Lorette.[1] Neuvel was educated at the Université de Montréal and the University of Chicago, and runs his own professional translation agency.[1]

The Themis Files trilogy begins with his debut novel Sleeping Giants. It follows a group of scientists, led by a physicist named Rose Franklin, as they track down and assemble a giant robot of mysterious origins, scattered across the Earth.[2] The idea for Sleeping Giants first came to him when his son asked him to build a toy robot. Not just any toy robot, he wanted one with an extended back story, wanted to know where the robot came from and what it did.[3] The novel is written in an atypical format, laid out in back-and-forth dialogues, journal entries and documentation rather than through traditional narration.[4]

Neuvel first submitted the novel to literary agents in 2014 and received 50 rejections.[1] The novel was published by Del Rey Books in 2016.[1] It began accumulating favourable buzz after Kirkus Reviews published a rave review of the galley copy it had received. The novel, which was a longlisted contender for the 2017 edition of Canada Reads,[5] has been optioned by Sony Pictures for development into a film and was sold for translation into twenty languages.[1][2] It was a finalist for the 2016 Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Science Fiction,[6] the 2017 Compton Crook Award[7] and for the Concordia University First Book Prize at the 2016 Quebec Writers' Federation Awards.[8]

Neuvel has also been announced as one of three contributing authors on the upcoming Black Mirror book project. The first book is set to release February 2018 and will feature a collection of short fiction by each author.[9]


Themis Files series[edit]

  1. Sleeping Giants (2016)
  2. Waking Gods (2017)
  3. Only Human (2018)
  • "File N°1743" (2016, short story)
  • "File N°247" (2016, short story)
  • "FILE NO. 002" (2017, short story)


  • The Test (2019)


  1. ^ a b c d e "Sylvain Neuvel's buzzed-about debut novel asks age-old sci-fi question: Is there anybody out there?". Montreal Gazette, May 6, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "In the Author's Universe: Interview with Sci-Fi Author Sylvain Neuvel". Retrieved 2017-06-14.
  3. ^ "Sylvain Neuvel's debut novel Sleeping Giants results in three-book deal". The Suburban, June 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "How author Sylvain Neuvel finds the human heart in his giant robot thrillers". The Verge. Retrieved 2017-10-06.
  5. ^ "CBC Canada Reads 2017 announces longlist, including Katherena Vermette, Vivek Shraya, André Alexis". National Post, December 19, 2016.
  6. ^ "Best Science Fiction 2016 — Goodreads Choice Awards". Goodreads. Retrieved 2017-01-24.
  7. ^ "Finalists for 2017 Compton Crook Award Announced - SFWA". SFWA. 2017-03-27. Retrieved 2017-06-13.
  8. ^ "Madeleine Thien nominated for Quebec Writers' Federation literary award". CBC Books, October 16, 2017.
  9. ^ "Charlie Brooker reveals authors of Black Mirror book". Digital Spy. 2017-09-21. Retrieved 2017-10-06.