My name is Sylvain Neuvel. I was born in Quebec City and raised in a small Quebec town called L'Ancienne-Lorette.
I write science fiction. My novel, Sleeping Giants, is available now from Del Rey. It revolves around a secret project to assemble the ancient body parts of a giant humanoid relic buried throughout the world by aliens. Click here for more info.
I have a B.A. in linguistics from Université de Montréal in 1999. I received my Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Chicago in 2003. My main interests are word-based morphology, computational morphology, as well as formal and lexical semantics and most of my work focuses on a formal characterization of polysynthesis, compounding and agglutination in word-based morphological terms.
I am currently Director of translation services and a software engineer for a Montreal company. I'm also a certified translator and an astronaut (ok, I made that last one up). You can link to my resume here, I've also made available abstracts and electronic versions of some of my papers.
I have a son, Théodore, who's a real genius, and a cat, President Laura Roslin, not quite as smart. My personal interests include robotics as well as science-fiction in all shapes and sizes. I'm obsessed with Halloween and I'm currently building a working R2-D2 replica.
I don’t know. A lot, I suppose. I’m a high school dropout with a Ph.D. I’ve travelled quite a bit and I’ve done just about every job you can think of. I don’t know how much I learned along the way or to which extent these experiences helped shape me but I do know they made me more curious. I like to learn new things, I like research, I like to confront my beliefs to new data and see how they hold up. I hope it shows, in some way, in the things I write.
What’s a typical day look like for you?
Well, I have a full time job, still. So, get up, make breakfast for my son, take him to school, go to work, play with my son a bit, dinner, bath time, bedtime. I suppose what you really want to know is what my day looks like after all that. Well, I try to spend some quality time with my girlfriend. I like to watch a bit of TV. I try to write at least an hour on weeknights, sometimes I manage a bit more but I’m usually in bed by 11. On weekends, I’ll write for another ten, twelve hours if I can, in between lego builds and space battles.
What are you reading right now?
I just started Machinations by Hayley Stone. It’s a really fun, action-packed ride. Next up is United States of Japan by Peter Tieryas. I’ve been looking forward to that one since forever but I keep getting sidetracked for all sorts of reasons.
If you could borrow a superhero’s power for one day what would it be and what would you do with it?
I’m somewhat afraid of heights, which is really inconvenient for just about anything superhero-related. Can I be the kind with no special powers à la Bruce Wayne and just have really cool toys?
The zombie apocalypse has hit (as we all knew it would one day). Which TV or movie characters do you want as part of your crew? (no superheroes...that’s cheating)
Well, they haven’t put Sleeping Giants on film yet, so I’ll have to pick someone else, but I’d choose Rose any day. She’d put an end to that zombie thing. You know, my son has a lego Rose minifig to play with and she beats Darth Vader, so there. I might bring Kara along too, just in case. I’m digressing, aren’t I? I choose Doug and Andy from Weeds. We wouldn’t last very long, but at least it’d be funny.