ESC 10-year Anniversary
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This has been a long time coming*, but it’s finally here. It Came From the North: An Anthology of Finnish Speculative Fiction, edited by Desirina Boskovich and published by Cheeky Frawg. I’m very happy about how the anthology turned out: this is an excellent sampler of recent fantastic fiction from Finland. There are 13 short stories in the anthology (from such authors as Hannu Rajaniemi, Anne Leinonen, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, Leena Likitalo, Maarit Verronen, Tiina Raevaara, and Jyrki Vainonen, among others) plus two excerpts from novels by Johanna Sinisalo and Leena Krohn. Sf Signal lists the table of contents in its impressive entirety.
Many of these stories are distinctly Finnish in tone (they could well be categorised as ‘Finnish Weird’), and besides that they are very good as stories by themselves, so I can warmly recommend them if you want to get a picture of what the Finnish fantastic fiction field at its best looks like. You can get the ebook anthology at your friendly neighbourhood ebook store.
*) I’m afraid I have no small part of the blame for the delays.
Labels: finnish sf
Last weekend, Shimo Suntila’s book, Sata kummaa kertomusta (“A Hundred Strange Stories”), was published. It’s a collection of one hundred drabbles (short stories of exactly a hundred words), and the material was collected from Shimo’s drabble project last year, when he wrote and published a drabble every single day of the year.
On Friday, there was a head start at the Turku monthly pub meeting where Shimo read a few of the stories.
The official launch party took place on Saturday, first at Shimo’s house (which was packed), and later at the pub Proffan kellari, where drinks were had and more drabbles were read (in the picture the person doing the reading is Tuomas Saloranta, the publisher).
The collection has been a success; I understand there aren’t many copies of the first printing left, and a second one is on the way. The good news is the collection is also available as an ebook, and until the end of the week you can download the book free of charge at the Aavetaajuus webstore. So go take a look!
Congratulations to Leena Krohn whose novel Hotel Sapiens is nominated for this year’s Finlandia Award—the major literary award in Finland! Krohn has won the Finlandia award before in 1992 for Mathematical Beings.
Also among the six nominees is JP Koskinen’s Ystäväni Rasputin. Koskinen is a versatile author who is familiar to this blog’s readers from then pages of sf zines. Congrats!
Oh, look, it’s November already! And a Friday! That must mean there’s a pub meeting in Turku! So welcome to Cosmic Comic Cafe today at six!
If you’re feeling hungry before that, some of us are going to Rokbar for a burger at five, and you’re welcome to join.
Also, November is an especially good month to visit Turku—the sf calendar of the month is quite full of all kinds of interesting events.
I was going to wait until there was a website to point to, but since that doesn’t seem to be happening anytime soon, and the news has been out for a while, never mind. FINFAR, the Finnish society for science fiction and fantasy studies (founded this summer) will be launching an academic journal of Nordic sf research. The journal will be published online and the main language is English. It will contain peer-reviewed articles, essays, interviews, opinion pieces and academic book reviews.
The full press release contains more information about the journal and its advisory board, plus a naming contest, and can be found on Adam Roberts’ blog.
To commemorate Tove Jansson’s 100th anniversary she will be getting her own stamps next January. The stamps, designed by Klaus Welp, depict different sides of Tove Jansson, and also the archipelago that was very important to her.