Tuesday, July 28, 2009
The birthday celebration was an open house at Forodrim’s clubhouse, which was packed with friends, relatives and fen of all ages. The occasion was merry, the food good and the speeches admirably short. In a manner very characteristic of him, I think Lars-Olov spent equal time conversing with old friends and playing with the smallest kids.
I brought him greetings from the Finnish fandom: a congratulations card about 50 people had signed at Finncon (with a picture taken at the dead dog). Everyone who signed also donated a little money, so in total we gave 100 euros to Rädda barnen (Save the children), Lars-Olov’s preferred charity.
Congratulations once again, Lars-Olov, thanks for the nice party, and here’s to the next 80 years!
Friday, July 17, 2009
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
The top results are:
- Terveisiä älylliseltä elämältä, by Marika Riikonen
- Innamoramento, by Petri Laine
- Minne yksikään herrasmies ei ole ennen mennyt, by Terhi Tarkiainen
- Mummo kuoli saunan lauteille, by Harri Erkki
- Jos tähdet voisivat todistaa, by Mirka Ulanto
The competition theme was space science fiction. There were 63 entries in the competition, and the award was picked by a preliminary jury of researcher Irma Hirsjärvi and author Anne Leinonen, and a jury of editor Toni Jerrman, editor Jukka Halme, and author Tiina Raevaara.
The novel talks about the power of words and speech. The jury commends Kushner’s characters as exceptionally well-rounded, feeling persons. The story uses point-of-view technics to bring multiple voices into a discussion about songs, stories, love and how language brings meaning to life.
The award is given by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society and the jury consisted of critic Jukka Halme, critic Aleksi Kuutio, author and editor Anne Leinonen, and Risingshadow representative Osmo Määttä.
You can meet Ellen Kushner next year when she will be the Guest of Honor of Finncon 2010.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
This year’s top ten is:
- Kenkänaula, Mari Saario (Portti 1/2008)
- Gliesen lapset, Tiina Raevaara (Portti 3/2008)
- Oksia, puita, kuolleitten luita, Katja Salminen (Usva 4/2008)
- Talven portti, Niilo Sevänen (Spin 3/2007)
- Käenmuna, Jenny Kangasvuo (Hekuman huipulla)
- Farared Finnen saaga, Mike Pohjola (Usva 3/2008)
- Kutsuvat sitä kuolemaksi, Anne Leinonen (Portti 3/2008)
- Peniskuiskaajat, Tuomas Saloranta (Hekuman huipulla)
- Kausin taivas, Tytti Heikkinen (Portti 2/2008)
- Uhanalaiset, Christine Thorel (Portti 2/2008)
Saturday, July 04, 2009
On Thursday, instead of the normal pub meeting, fandom in Turku gathered for a barbecue. There was plenty of food and drinks, brought by everyone, the weather was perfect, and everybody had fun. Kudos to Jukka T. for the idea—sorry you had to miss it yourself. But everybody pretty much agreed we’ll have to do this again next summer, so those who missed it this time can hopefully attend then.
Friday, July 03, 2009
Thursday, July 02, 2009
As Reynolds himself wrote a while ago,
After several pints too many in a Helsinki bar, [the editor of Tähtivaeltaja] Toni and I came up with the idea of translating a story of mine into his native language, and then destroying all copies of the original english-language version—including mine. So that’s what we’re going to do, as soon as Toni has a good translation in hand. So I’ll have a story that exists in Finnish, and Finnish only, and if I want to read it again, I’ll need to pay someone to translate it back into English. Of course the fact that it’s Finnish, not exactly a language everyone can dip into with the greatest of ease, only adds to the fun.The story in question is Pandoran lipas (Pandora’s Box, translated by Toni Jerrman) and it appears in the 2/2009 issue of Tähtivaeltaja. It’s a story about a journalist chasing a scoop on Titan and stumbling on a strange tale about an alien artifact, multiple timelines and a large corporation conspiracy. Definitely worth reading (but as said, only available in Finnish).
If you’re interested in owning a copy of this very special publication, you can order the issue from Toni by sending 10 € ($15) to him to:
Itämerenkatu 22 B 21
Wednesday, July 01, 2009
Kushner has won several awards for her novels, including the Locus Award, the World Fantasy Award and the Mythopoeic Award. Her novel Thomas the Rhymer was published in Finnish last year by Vaskikirjat (as Thomas Riiminiekka).
Finncon 2010 will be held July 17–18 in Jyväskylä. The web site for the convention will be opened soon, meanwhile more information is available by e-mail.
The grill will be on at six, bring your own food and drink (there will be some beer and grill sausages on the house; if you announce in advance you’re coming I know better how much to get).
A package has just arrived from Helsinki, so you can also get your Finncon program book in advance tomorrow.
How to get there: take the 50–54 bus from the marketplace; after the Hirvensalo bridge the bus turns left to Moikoinen; the fifth stop is ours.
Everybody in fandom is welcome to barbecue and have sfnal conversation! For more information contact me by e-mail or call, 040 576 6450.
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