The Tähtivaeltaja award for the best science fiction book published in Finnish in 2009 goes to Hal Duncan for his debut novel Vellum, published in Finland by Like.
The jury commended Vellum for being a rich and ambitious story that moves on many levels and binds together history, mythology, visions of the future and literary references. The stylistic, nonlinear structure is used effectively and the ideas and visions penetrate the subconscious. Vellum is a challenging read, but is written so eloquently and fluently that it keeps you turning the pages.
The Tähtivaeltaja award is given by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society. On the jury were critic Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and journalist Vesa Sisättö.
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