Yal Ayerdhal, French author, Died at 56

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Yal Ayerdhal was born on January 26, 1959, and died on October 27, 2015 from cancer.

Yal was a French thriller and science fiction writer from Lyon.

His later work preferred the thriller genre: Transparences, Resurgences and Rainbow Warriors play with various genre to enchant the reader.

Rainbow Warriors (published end May 2013) flirts with political fiction, with most protagonist being LGTBQ.

Yal received the Grand Prix de l’Imaginaire in 2004 for Transparences and in 1993 for his novel Demain une oasis.

He is considered one of the leading names in both genres.

Yal shared the Prix Tour Eiffel with co-author Jean-Claude Dunyach for their 1999 novel Etoiles mourantes.

He also received an award for his novel Parleur ou les chroniques d’un rêve enclavé and two for Transparences, a thriller.

Yal also received the Cyrano award for lifetime achievement in the service of genre fiction and its actors.

Yal was born in the La Croix-Rousse area of Lyon.

In addition to his own writing career, he devotes part of his time to supporting aspiring young authors and, with Le droit du Serf, to struggle with copyright law’s exceptions in the service of authors.

Yal, holds genre fiction in the highest regard, not only as a tool for learning, but as a tool for the expression of one’s imagination and political inspirations.

He frequently uses a quote from the French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre: “The writer’s function is to make sure that no-one can ignore the world and that no-one can declare him/herself innocent.”

Yal passed away at age 56 in October 2015.

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