Saturday, March 11, 2017

Lauren Beukes Comes to Finncon

Finncon 2018 has announced its first Guest of Honor: South African writer Lauren Beukes.

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.)

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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.

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