Short Bio

Sylvain Neuvel dropped out of high school at age 15. Along the way, he has been a journalist, worked in soil decontamination, sold ice cream in California, and furniture across Canada. He received a Ph.D. in linguistics from the University of Chicago. He taught linguistics in India, and worked as a software engineer in Montreal. He is also a certified translator, though he wishes he were an astronaut. He absolutely loves toys; his girlfriend would have him believe that he has too many, so he writes about aliens and giant robots as a blatant excuse to build action figures (for his son, of course). His debut, Sleeping Giants, was described by NPR as “one of the most promising series kickoffs in recent memory.”

Awards & nominations

Sleeping Giants

Winner – 2018 Seiun Award (Japan) – Best translated novel
Finalist – Best Science Fiction 2016 – Goodreads Choice Awards
Shortlist – 2017 Sunburst Awards
Finalist – 2017 Compton Crook Award
Finalist – 2017 Audie Awards in Science Fiction
2017 ALA Listen List: Outstanding Audiobook Narration
Longlist – CBC Canada Reads 2017
Shortlist – Best First Book – QWF Awards

Waking Gods

2nd place – Best Science Fiction 2017 – Goodreads Choice Awards
Finalist – 2019 Seiun Award (Japan) – Best translated novel

Only Human

Finalist – Best Science Fiction 2018 – Goodreads Choice Awards
Finalist – 2020 Seiun Award (Japan) – Best translated novel


Finalist – Best Science Fiction 2019 – Goodreads Choice Awards

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