Thursday, November 20, 2014

Jääskeläinen Story on

A very good Finnish short story Where the Trains Turn (Missä junat kääntyvät) by Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen was published on yesterday. The story won the first price in the Portti short story competition in 1997, and subsequently the Atorox award for the best Finnish sf short story of that year. Well worth a read!

( illustration by Greg Ruth)


Finlandia Junior to Maria Turtschaninoff

This year’s Finlandia Junior award for best children’s or YA book was given to Maria Turtschaninoff for her fantasy novel Maresi: Punaisen luostarin kronikoita. Maresi tells the story of a young girl who faces a big adventure defending her right to make her own decisions in a world where men are trying to control the knowledge possessed by women.

The winner was decided this year by writer and director Johanna Vuoksenmaa who congratulated the novel on not following the gender conventions of typical fantasy literature. She also commended the indigenous and imaginative world Turtschaninoff has built, and said the book captures its reader and won’t let go easily. The prize is given by the Finnish Book Foundation and is worth 30,000 €.


(PS If anybody in the publishing world is interested, there is an English manuscript of the book available from the Elina Ahlback Literary Agency in December.)

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fafnir #3 Is Out

The third issue of Fafnir—Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research has been published. Fafnir is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. The third issue celebrates fantasy, and you can read it online.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Turconen & Fantastik Next Weekend

Turconen is a one-day sf minicon held for the second time at the Turku main library. Turconen 2 takes place on Saturday, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the library, and there will be evening program on Friday (Cosmic Comic Cafe at 7 PM) and also on Saturday (Brewery Restaurant Koulu, 7 PM). The GoH is author Magdalena Hai.

Fantastik is the Swedish-speaking sister convention of Turconen, held for the first time on Sunday, noon till 6 PM, also at the library. Fantastik’s GoH is the Fenno-Swedish author Maria Turtschaninoff.

Both events are free to attend and everybody is welcome!

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Finnish Sf in German

Just in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair (where Finland is a Guest of Honour this year) there are some interesting sf releases in German. The first part of Salla Simukka’s Snow White Trilogy, So rot vie Blut (As Red As Blood), has been published by Arena. Emmi Itäranta’s acclaimed Der Geschmack von Wasser (Memory of Water) has also seen a German release by DTV/Reihe Hanser, and Johanna Sinisalo’s Finnisches Feuer (The Core of the Sun) was published earlier this year by Klett-Cotta. And in children’s literature Hanser has published Hannele Huovi’s award-winning fairy tale book Die Federkette (The Feather Chain).

In upcoming releases there will be Miina Supinen’s Drei ist keiner zu viel (Ray Girl) which isn’t sf but Miina is a writer who comes from fandom and is always worth a read. And in non-fiction, Tuula Karjalainen’s Tove Jansson – Die Biografie was also published this summer.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Hobbit play in Imatre

The Imatra theatre will put up a play based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The premiere is next January, and tickets are on sale now.


Monday, August 25, 2014

ESFS Award to Kersti Juva

The European Science Fiction Society’s awards were presented last weekend at Shamrokon in Dublin. Among the winners is Kersti Juva, who received the best translator award.

Juva is best known as the Finnish translator of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. Her first translation of a novel was The Lord of the Rings trilogy (parts I–II, 1973–75) with Eila Pennanen. She has translated nearly all of Tolkien’s works: The Silmarillion (1979), The Hobbit (1985), Unfinished Tales (1986), The Father Christmas Letters (2004) and The Children of Húrin (2007).

Other notable translations by Juva:

  • The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne (1998)
  • The Life and Adventured of Nicholas Nickleby (1992) and Bleak House (2006) by Charles Dickens
  • Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (1975)
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams (1975)

She has also translated plays and radio dramas, e.g. the very popular The Men from the Ministry for The Finnish National Broadcasting Company. The translations of Kersti Juva make up the Finnish Tolkien canon and the Finnish subtitles for the Peter Jackson movies are based on her work.

Juva has received several awards for her translations, and has lectured in several universities on translating.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tove Jansson Lectures in Tampere

There will be a lecture series in the Tampere main library this autumn celebrating the 100th anniversary of Tove Jansson’s birth. All the lectures in the series are free and open to the public; the first one is on Wednesday September 10.


Thursday, August 07, 2014

How to Vote for a Worldcon

Want to help bring Worldcon to Helsinki? There’s still a year until the site selection voting takes place, but Crystal Huff has written instructions on how the voting process works. And now the instructions are also available in Finnish, courtesy of Sarianna Silvonen.

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International Fandom Visitors in Turku This Week

There are a couple of international visitors in Turku this week, and they’d like to meet local fandom. Regina Kanyu Wang visits from China (she came here last year as well), and Val Grimm and her hubby Mike from the US (they’ve also visited a few years back).

If you’d like to meet them (recommended: they are all very nice and interesting persons), you can start by visiting Varjomafia today at Terrakoti. Val and Mike will be there.

Tomorrow all three will pop by Cosmic Comic Cafe at six, so there’s a kind of an extra mafia pub meeting then.

Regina will also be present at the Terrakoti summer party on Saturday, starting at six.