“Passeports pour l’imaginaire”, the non-profit organisation which administers the Jacques Brossard, is also manages the “Prix jeunesse des univers parallèles”, an award that polls hundreds of Quebec junior high school students for their favourite Children/YA novel of the year.
It took about a decade of follow-on experiments to totally discredit the idea, Brossard says.
Planck's distance from today's world, filled with battling blogs, turbulent tweets and pugnacious press conferences, doesn't make his message matter any less, Brossard suggests, as we ponder the latest high-profile hullabaloo in science —NASA's arsenic microbe kerfuffle.
Journals just can't react fast enough for the world of social media, Brossard says.
The latest Jacques Brossard was awarded on May 10 to Joël Champetier for his fantasy novel Le Voleur des steppes.
"What is interesting here is the role of social media in bringing this dispute to public attention," Brossard says.
Besides the Prix Boréal, the other major French-Canadian award is the Prix Jacques Brossard (formerly the “Grand Prix de la Science Fiction et du Fantastique Québécois”), which is a juried award that usually comes with a sizeable cash award.
Eventually Brossard says, experiments by outside scientists will likely settle the dispute to the satisfaction of most researchers.