Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tähtivaeltaja Award Nominees 2011

The shortlist for the Tähtivaeltaja award for best science fiction book (original or translated) published in Finnish in 2010 have been announced. The nominees (with the jury’s comments) are:
  • Herran tarhurit (The Year of the Flood) by Margaret Atwood (Otava)
    Description of an apocalypse of biblical proportions that preaches against humankind’s endless greed and immorality
  • Mielenpeli (Mindplayers) by Pat Cadigan (Avain)
    Self and personality are written anew in a book that looks deep into the foundation of identity
  • Tohtori Veriraha (Dr. Bloodmoney) by Philip K. Dick (Like)
    Little people look for their place in a post–nuclear war described in a surprisingly warm and humane way
  • Muste (Ink) by Hal Duncan (Like)
    A metaphorical novel dives vigorously into a breathtaking network of myth and reality
  • Kirkkaan selkeää by Maarit Verronen (Tammi)
    A protagonist, fallen outside the society, witnesses the rising class distinction and destruction of nature in a wrenching vision of the near future
The jury for the award, given by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, comprises reporter Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Vesa Sisättö. The winner of the award will be announced this summer.

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