Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Samovar is a new quarterly special issue of Strange Horizons that focuses on translated sf. They publish fiction and poetry in both the original language and an English translation.
The first issue of the magazine includes a short story Wither And Blossom (Oka ja kukinto) by a Finnish writer Suvi Kauppila. The magazine is free, so go take a look!
(Hat tip to Cheryl for posting about Samovar)
Labels: finnish sf
Finnish Weird #4
Finnish Weird is a zine that showcases contemporary Finnish Weird fiction. Issue #4 is out, free to download as an ebook or a pdf.
This issue features introductions of three Finnish authors, Magdalena Hai, J.S. Meresmaa, and Viivi Hyvönen, and also a short story by each of them.
The previous issues are also available for download.
Labels: finnish sf
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Lauren Beukes Comes to Finncon
Beukes has written novels, short-stories, and comics, and also worked as a journalist and a tv scriptwriter. Two of her novels have been translated into Finnish: a disturbingly chilling thriller about a time-traveling serial killer Säkenöivät tytöt (The Shining Girls) and an urban fantasy detective mystery Zoo City – Eläinten valtakunta (Zoo City)—which by the way is one of this year’s Tähtivaeltaja Award nominees.
I’ve enjoyed Beukes’s books and comics a lot, and am very excited to have her come to Turku!
(Also, if you’re not reading Lauren Beukes already, why the f*ck not?
(Also, pt. 2—unlike the author of the article linked above, who hadn’t read them, I can warmly recommend the comics in addition to the novels!)
(Also, pt. 3—Tähtivaeltaja published a very good article about Beukes a couple of years ago. You can still order the issue from them. Just saying.)
Thursday, March 09, 2017
Tähtivaeltaja Award Nominees 2017
Helsinki Science Fiction Society has announced this year’s nominees for the Tähtivaeltaja Award for best science fiction book published in Finland last year. The winner will be announced in May.
The nominees are:
- Zoo City – Eläinten valtakunta (Zoo City) by Lauren Beukes (published by Aula & co.)
- Maailman lahjakkain tyttö (The Girl with All the Gifts) by M. R. Carey (Like)
- Näkymättömät planeetat (Invisible Planets: Collected Fiction) by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gummerus)
- Poseidonin lapset (Poseidon’s Wake) by Alastair Reynolds (Like)
- Sotapuiston perikato (CivilWarLand in Bad Decline) by George Saunders (Siltala)
The award jury consists of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Antti Oikarinen.