Episode 19: Grass

Cover of Grass by Sheri S. Tepper, a distressed stone background with a seal of a dragon-like creature embossed on it "A novel by the author of the Gate to Women's country"

“When you write science fiction you feed from the work of many other fantastic people.” –Michèle Laframboise

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Michèle found Sheri S. Tepper’s Grass totally engrossing; she especially enjoyed the well-drawn secondary characters, the planet itself, which was like a character, and how she managed multiple story lines.

Tepper started to write later in life. Many of her stories have an ecological perspective and her awareness of the overpopulation issues informs much of her writing.

Without discovering Tepper, Michèle wouldn’t have ever begun as a writer, she says. And it goes even deeper. “I know that after reading Grass, I am a better human being,” Michèle adds.

They discuss the vibrancy of the science fiction and fantasy field in Quebec, and Michele recommends fellow writers Élisabeth Vonarburg, Yves Meynard, and Jean Louis Trudel.

And they talk about the vagaries of the publishing business. Much like Mark, Michèle got into self-publishing when the publisher of her first three novels closed up shop.

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Beside trying to initiate first contact with strange flora, Michèle Laframboise feeds coffee grounds to her garden plants, runs long distances and writes full-time.

Fascinated by sciences and nature since she could walk, she has published 19 novels and over 70 short-stories in French and English, earning various distinctions in Canada and Europe. She is also a comic enthusiast who drew a dozen of graphic novels and maintains an illustrated blog.

Her stories have been featured in Solaris, Galaxies, Brins d’Éternité, Asimov’s, Analog, Compelling Science Fiction, Abyss & Apex, and Future SF. Holding degrees in geography and engineering, she draws from her scientific background to create worlds filled with humor, invention and wonder.

Check out Michèle Laframboise’s website, and don’t miss her 2023 Trillium Book Award winner, Le secret de Paloma! You can buy her books at her bookshop here! And if you’re on Goodreads, and you enjoyed her work, leave a review here!

Michèle Laframboise smiling at the camera, wearing a cute hat

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