Bernard Werber (born 1961 in Toulouse) is a French science fiction writer, active since the 1990s. He is chiefly recognized for having written the trilogy Les Fourmis, the only one of his novels to have been published in English. This series weaves together philosophy, spirituality, science fiction, thriller, science, mythology and consciousness.
Bernard Werber by Michel Reqstany in February 2013.
|Born||18 September 1961|
|Occupation||Journalist (1983–1990), writer|
Werber's writing style mixes literary genres, including saga, science fiction and philosophical ideas. Most of his novels have the same format, alternating between prose and encyclopedic passages that expand upon the ideas in the former. Many of Werber's novels are also connected by common characters, story threads and themes. For example, the character Edmond Wells appears both in the trilogy Les Fourmis (The Ants), the novel L'Empire des anges (The Empire of the Angels), and the novel Nous Les Dieux (We are Gods).
Werber's books anthropomorphize animals including dolphins, rats and ants. He also uses characters symbolically to reflect "the stage of the evolution of the soul". In addition, he defends the vision of a collectivist global government that acts as the "world police" and that imposes strict birth control.
Werber is a member of the Institute for Research on Extraordinary Experiences (IREE), an association that promotes the acknowledgement of extraordinary or unusual experiences. This is reflected in his novels that incorporate science, the paranormal and spirituality as prominent themes including Thanatonautes (The Thanatonauts), which proposes a spiritualist version of near death experiences and afterlife; L'Empire des Anges (The Empire of the Angels) and Le Mystère des Dieux (The Mystery of the Gods), which describe a connection between souls, angels and gods; and Nos amis les Terriens (Our Earthmen Friends), which describes alien abductions.
The Ants trilogy (Les Fourmis trilogy)
- Les Fourmis, Prix des lecteurs de Science et Avenir, 1991, ISBN 2-226-05257-7. (lit. The Ants, translated into English as Empire of the Ants).
- Le Jour des fourmis, 1992, ISBN 2-226-06118-5 (lit. The Day of the Ants)
- La Révolution des fourmis, 1996, ISBN 2-226-08636-6 (lit. The Revolution of the Ants)
The "Angels" cycle
The "Gods" cycle (followup of the cycle of "Angels")
The "Explorers of science" cycle
Third Humanity cycle
- Troisième Humanité, 2012, (lit. Third Humanity)
- Les micro-humains, 2013, (lit. The micro-humans)
- La Voix de la Terre, 2014, (lit. The Voice of the Earth)
- Le papillon des étoiles, 2006, ISBN 2-226-17349-8 (lit. The Butterfly of the Stars)
- Le miroir de Cassandre, 2009, ISBN 2-226-19402-9 (lit. The Mirror of Cassandra)
- Demain les chats, 2016 (lit. Tomorrow the cats)
- Depuis l'au-delà, 2017 (lit. From Beyond)
- La Boîte de Pandore, 2018 (lit. Pandora's Box)
- L'Encyclopédie du savoir relatif et absolu, 1993, ISBN 2-226-06583-0 (lit. The Encyclopedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge)
- Le Livre du Voyage, 1997, ISBN 2-226-09445-8 (lit. The Book of Travel)
- Le Livre secret des Fourmis, 2002 (lit. The Secret Book of the Ants)
- Nos amis, les humains, 2003 (lit. Our Friends, the Humans)
- Nouvelle Encyclopédie du savoir relatif et absolu, 2009 (lit. New Encyclopedia of Relative and Absolute Knowledge)
- Voyage au cœur du vivant, 2011 (lit. Journey within the Living)
- 2013-11-17, at Kyung Hee University in Seoul, Korea. "Different perspective to look at human"
- "The Wisdom of the Ants - Haaretz - Israel News Haaretz.com". Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- Bernard Werber Interview 2008, DailyMotion Archived 27 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- "Bernard Werber - Interview dans la presse". Retrieved 12 September 2016.
- "'개미' 작가 베르베르 방한…경희대 강연". Maeil Economics. 17 November 2013.
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