Monday, April 13, 2015

Atorox Nominees 2015

The nominees for the 2015 Atorox Award (for best Finnish sf short story published last year) have been announced. This year the nominee longlist consists of 23 short stories.

Of the 23 nominees, 10 were published in various sf zines, and 13 in anthologies and short story collections. The obvious favorite of the nominators was the Osuuskumma anthology Ruumiittomat (new Finnish ghost stories) which garnered six nominees. The quarterly Portti zine amassed a total of five nominees between its four issues.


Monday, February 02, 2015

Archipelacon Call for Programme Participants

If you’re coming to Archipelacon next summer and would like to take part in the program, you can now volunteer to participate! There convention takes place over four days so there will be lots of different program items, and ideas from members are of course welcome.

The convention has also announced the first programme items: there’ll be an updated rerun on the “LGBT in Science Fiction” item that was so popular at Finncon last summer that all who wanted to see it couldn’t fit in the room—now’s your chance to see the item if you missed it last year. Other announced items include a talk on the differences between the Song of Fire and Ice books and the Game of Thrones tv series, an sf illustration presentation, and a discussion about new tv series.

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Conference on Sf/f & Games Music

Suomen Etnomusikologinen Seura and the Musicology department of the University of Turku are organizing an open seminar day to discuss current news and trends in the research of science fiction, fantasy, and games music.

If you’re doing research in these areas and would like to present a paper, send your abstract to by March 15.

Date: June 12, 2015
Place: The University of Turku
Contact: Anna-Elena Pääkkölä, Inka Rantakallio


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Emmi Itäranta a PKD Award Nominee

As you’ve probably already seen, the nominees for the 2014 Philip K. Dick Award have been announced, and one of the nominees is the wonderful Memory of Water by Emmi Itäranta. Congratulations!

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Tähtivaeltaja Has a Blog

Tähtivaeltaja hasn’t really had an online presence for quite a while. That has now changed at least a bit: Tähtivaeltajablogi has regularly updated content (mainly reviews) republished from the magazine, and promises also previews and articles published exclusively online in the future.


Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Speculative Romance Roundtable

Sci-Fi Romance Quarterly has published a roundtable discussion on Finnish sf/f, with Anne Leinonen, Magdalena Hai, and J.S. Meresmaa participating.


Friday, December 19, 2014

The Blood of Angels Excerpt on

The Blood of Angels, Johanna Sinisalo’s latest translation in English, was published earlier this year by Peter Owen. has published an excerpt of this fine novel on their site, so you can head there and check it out!


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Skiffy & Fanty

The Skiffy and Fanty Show podcast is doing a lot of good work promoting sf from all around the world. For the latest episode of their sf world tour they invited Jukka Halme, Maria Turtschaninoff, Janos Honkonen, and myself to discuss the Finnish sf scene, our conventions (including, of course, the Helsinki Worldcon bid), authors, and such. I have to admit I was a bit nervous about hearing myself talk, but I don’t think we rambled too badly. Thanks for having us on the show!

Check out the show notes for a lot of links to Finnish sf recommendations. And by the way, earlier this month they posted an interview with Emmi Itäranta that you should also check out for more Finnish sf greatness.

PS For listening to podcasts, I can’t recommend the Overcast app highly enough. Its “smart speed” feature that intelligently shortens the pauses between words makes people like me who’re not used to talking on radio (esp. in a foreign language) sound much more eloquent.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sf Book Circle in Turku

The Turku Sf Society and the Turku library organize a book circle that gathers once a month to discuss a book recently published in Finnish. The schedule for the first half of next year has been published, and is as follows:
  • Jan 19 Ursula K. LeGuin: Neljä anteeksiantoa
  • Feb 16 Rebecca Alexander: Elämän ja kuoleman salaisuudet
  • Mar 16 Marko Hautala: Kuokkamummo
  • Apr 20 Maria Turtschaninoff: Maresi: Punaisen luostarin kronikoita
  • May 18 Margaret Atwood: Uusi Maa
  • Jun 15 Gillian Anderson, Jeff Rovin: Liekkien näkijät
More info from TSFS.


Hyperion Thesis

A master’s thesis in literature by Heidi Kyllönen titled “Unelmoija ja runoilija”: taiteilijakuvat ja John Keatsin ja Geoffrey Chaucerin subtekstit Dan Simmonsin romaanissa Hyperion (“‘Dreamer and Poet’: Artist depictions and the subtext of John Keats and Geoffrey Chaucer in Dan Simmons’s novel Hyperion”) was published in the University of Oulu earlier this month. The thesis (in Finnish) is available as a free PDF from the university.