Friday, November 18, 2011

Rajaniemi on The World SF Blog

Hannu Rajaniemi talks.
[…] 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.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Krohn on Weird Fiction Review

Ann and Jeff VanderMeer’s Weird Fiction Review has published The Bystander—a self-contained excerpt from Leena Krohn’s excellent novel Tainaron. Go read! (Also, take a look around the site while you’re at it; there’s lots of interesting stuff there.)

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Routasisarukset is a Finlandia Junior nominee

Routasisarukset coverThe nominees for this year’s Finlandia Junior literary prize (for YA and children’s literature) have been announced. One of the nominees is Routasisarukset, the first in a series of novels set in a dystopian 24th century by Eija Lappalainen and Anne Leinonen. Congratulations!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Pub Meeting on Thursday

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.

Welcome!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Kuvastaja Award to Pasi Jääskeläinen

Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen has received the Kuvastaja award for his novel Harjukaupungin salakäytävät. The award is given annually by the Finnish Tolkien Society for the best Finnish fantasy book published in the previous year.

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).

Congratulations!

Tähtivaeltaja Award to Lauren Beukes

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has announced the winner of this year’s Tähtivaeltaja Award : the best science fiction book published i...