[…] I shamelessly handwave or bluff a lot of things that aren’t mathematics or physics (and a lot of things that are). TQT is often described as hard SF, but I’m not really trying to write hard SF in the vein of Egan or Benford: I don’t work out the equations as I go. For me, the more important consequence of having a scientific background is a degree of speculative rigour: trying hard to work out the consequences of the assumptions one begins with.
Friday, November 18, 2011
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Wednesday, November 02, 2011
The Turku pub meeting for November is this Thursday. We’re back in Teerenpeli for the winter.
The pub meeting starts at six; the reading group gathers at that time to discuss this year’s Atorox-winning short story Nahat by Anne Leinonen. If you want to participate but don’t have last year’s issue 3 of Portti handy, you can get the story from me, courtesy of Anne.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
The award was announced during the Helsinki book fair last weekend. There isn’t any more information about this on the Tolkien Society web page, but Pasi has commented the award on his blog. Kuvastaja is a juried award (I haven’t seen a press release, so I don’t know who were on the jury this year), often given to books that are of high literary quality and—despite being administered by the Tolkien Society—represent the non-traditional side of the fantastic (thus again in this year soliciting some comments from book bloggers that the book can’t be fantasy because they liked it and they don’t read fantasy). This is the second time Jääskeläinen has won it (his debut novel also won the award).
The Finlandia Award nominees for this year have been announced, and there are a couple of familiar sfnal names in the mix. Magdalena Hai’s K...
Tukkateatteri in Tampere has produced a play of Karel Čapek’s R.U.R. The premiere was on April 21, and the performances continue until May ...
The shortlist for the Tähtivaeltaja Award has been announced . This year no less than four of the five nominees are Finnish — this is a fir...
As usual, there were a few awards given out at Finncon last weekend in Turku. Here's a rundown of the results. Atorox The Atorox Awa...