Monday, July 22, 2013

Noviisi Competition 2013

Noviisi is a short story competition for writers between 13 and 17 years of age. The maximum length of the eligible stories is 10.000 characters, and the deadline for the competition is September 1. The competition is organised by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of Finland, the Turku Science Fiction Society and the Science Fiction Culture Cabinet at the University of Turku. More information.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Iron Sky Sequel Crowdfunding Successful

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The crowdfunding campaign to get the Iron Sky sequel movie, Iron Sky The Coming Race, started was successful. The Indiegogo campaign managed to bring in over $180.000, $30.000 over the target. This will go towards creating a full script for the film and a clear production plan including a budget, and producing a four to five minute promo reel to help with getting further funding. The plan is to fund the whole movie independently this time.

As with the original movie, Iron Sky The Coming Race will also utilise crowdsourcing so that people who are interested can have an impact on the final movie. A project on Wreckamovie already exists, so go there and take a look if you want to participate.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Tähtifantasia Award 2013

Uusi maailma coverThe Helsinki Science Fiction Society announced the seventh Tähtifantasia Award at this year’s Finncon last weekend. The award for best fantasy book translated into Finnish last year went to Uusi maailma (The Modern World)  by Steph Swainston. The novel was translated by J. Pekka Mäkelä and published by Like.

The jury commends the complex main character of the novel, and also the world building that is detailed but also questions the prevailing society. Swainston’s writing evokes powerful feelings and does not the reader off easily. The themes of the novel are responsibility, letting go of things, and the difficulty of love; Swainston ponders on the motivation and effects of the things we do and asks questions about the world, and the meaning of religions and power structures.

The jury of the award consisted of critic Jukka Halme, critic Aleksi Kuutio, writer and editor Anne Leinonen, and Risingshadow representative Osmo Määttä.

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Awards at Finncon

Several awards were presented yesterday and today at Finncon.

The first prize in the short story competition organised by Finncon and Elisa Kirja went to Jenni Kauppinen for her story Jalokivihovi (“Jewel Court”). On second place was Neko Koski with Nuru-nu-kang and the third place was a tie between Mikko Arjanmaa’s Tapaus Jii (“Case Jay”) and Stina Maria Saari’s Pedot (“Beasts”).

The first prize in the Nova short story competition went to Anna Malinen for Siihen kaarna kasvakohon (“Let There Grow Bark”). On second place was Katri-Maija Karvonen with Salaperäinen kauppa (“A Mysterious Deal”) and on third Irina Seppänen with Odotussali (“Waiting Room”).

The Atorox Award for best Finnish sf short story published last year was given by the Turku Science Fiction Society. The winner is Anni Nupponen for her short story Joka ratasta pyörittää (“She Who Turns the Cog”), published in the anthology Steampunk! Koneita ja korsetteja. On second place was Wilhelmus Lyypekkiläisen kuolema (“The Death of Wilhelm of Lübeck”) by Jussi Katajala, and Kirjallinen liite kannevakuuskorvausanomukseen (“A written Addendum to the Request for Liability Insurance Compensation”) by Tero Niemi & Anne Salminen came third. Atorox is a popular award, voted by members of the Finnish fandom.

Friday, July 05, 2013

Tähtivaeltaja Short Story Competition 2013

The results of the Tähtivaeltaja short story competition were announced at Finncon today. The theme of the competition was “Tähtivaeltaja” (“Star Rover”), and the first price (400 €) went to Miikka Pörsti for his short story Raportti. Mikä johti operaatio Tähtivaeltajan epäonnistumiseen (“Report. What lead to the failure of Project Tähtivaeltaja”).

The jury commended the story, written in form of a report about an encounter with little green aliens that have arrived on Earth, on the format that is refreshingly different from a conventional short story. The tale of the destiny of an alien race on Earth contains humour but also works as an allegory without being too obvious about it.

In addition to the winner, the jury awarded two honorary mentions to Samuli Antila for his story Pelastaja (“Saviour”), and Jenni Kauppinen for Kemina Standing.

There were 83 submissions in total. The competition was organised by the Tähtivaeltaja zine and the Helsinki Science Fiction Society. In the preliminary jury were researcher Irma Hirsjärvi and writer Anne Leinonen, and in the jury editor Toni Jerrman, editor Jukka Halme, and writer Tiina Raevaara.

Tähtivaeltaja Award to Lauren Beukes

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