Monday, October 25, 2004

Political Animal Farm

No, I’m not going to start running political commentaries here. But I thought I’d note that there were a few (at least a little) sfnal candidates on this year’s municipal elections (held yesterday). Not everyone I’d hoped to see get elected did, though. But in the new Turku city council there is Ville Niinistö, who has occasionally been seen hanging around the fandom circles (and sometimes, the other way around). And in the neighboring town of Piikkiö, former TSFS activist and amateur writer Mari Saario got into the council.

Bubbling under in the ”almost-made-the-cut” crowd in Turku was Jaana Gustafsson, who years ago was the chairman of TSFS, and in Helsinki, Leena Krohn, author of several quite sfnal books (correction: same name, different person).

Interestingly, all of the above represent the Finnish Green League. Is the future really this green? Or maybe just the future of political science fiction in Finland.


Anonymous said...

You forgot Mike Pohjola, granted he is more active in the roleplaying fandom, but he is no stranger to things sf.

Tero said...

I didn't forget him, I just mentioned those candidates that were elected or came really close. Mike wasn't in this crowd this time, unfortunately. Better luck next time!

Anonymous said...

Mr Anonymous here again (sorry that I forgot to sign my comment about Mike). Just to add two more names to your list of politically active sf-persons: Jyrki J.J. Kasvi (who is a member of the Finnish parliament) was (again) elected to the Espoo city council and Marko Mahnala got in as a "varamies" (reserve?) to the Kylmäkoski council.

Tero said...

Thanks! Jyrki J.J. Kasvi I somehow forgot completely – I guess since he's already in the parliament I didn't think about him in the municipal elections context. And I didn't even know Marko was a candidate.

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