Sylvain Neuvel is the type of author I wish I could be. After dropping out of high school at age 15 and working various types of jobs across different countries, he received his B.A. and Ph.D. in linguistics. He then wrote his first book, Sleeping Giants, which combined his love of science fiction with his love of robots. That series, The Themis Files came out right as I was getting back into reading, and is one of the series I credit with reigniting my love for science fiction, and for journal/epistolary formats.
Now, Neuvel has written all three novels in The Themis Files, as well as four novellas in the universe. All of these books have heartwarming characters, realistic relationships that don’t feel made from convenience, and the type of science fiction that I absolutely adore. Neuvel also wrote a novella last year titled The Test, a short dystopian about a citizenship test in Britain that feels like watching an episode of Black Mirror.
As a person, I look up to Neuvel so much. He’s family driven, likes sharing things that he thinks are cool and interesting, and writes as a passion. I admire his dedication to his family as much as his work, and how he shows that anyone can write.
Neuvel has a new series announced online, but that doesn’t yet have confirmed cover art or a release date other than 2020. The series is supposedly titled Take Them to the Stars, with the first book in the series listed as A History of What Comes Next. I’m really excited for this new series, and I’ve been watching his website and twitter closely to see if there’s any news about it. Hopefully we get some more information soon, but I know that I’ll read anything that he writes.