Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Friday, December 19, 2014
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Check out the show notes for a lot of links to Finnish sf recommendations. And by the way, earlier this month they posted an interview with Emmi Itäranta that you should also check out for more Finnish sf greatness.
PS For listening to podcasts, I can’t recommend the Overcast app highly enough. Its “smart speed” feature that intelligently shortens the pauses between words makes people like me who’re not used to talking on radio (esp. in a foreign language) sound much more eloquent.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
- Jan 19 Ursula K. LeGuin: Neljä anteeksiantoa
- Feb 16 Rebecca Alexander: Elämän ja kuoleman salaisuudet
- Mar 16 Marko Hautala: Kuokkamummo
- Apr 20 Maria Turtschaninoff: Maresi: Punaisen luostarin kronikoita
- May 18 Margaret Atwood: Uusi Maa
- Jun 15 Gillian Anderson, Jeff Rovin: Liekkien näkijät
Monday, December 15, 2014
- Didin historiat by Oskari Rantala
- Paha, maahasi pakene by Lotta Dufva
- (tie) Takaisin valoon by Inkeri Kontro
(tie) Punainen professori by Maarit Leijon
|photo: Markku Soikkeli|
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Half of the profits from this bundle go to support the Helsinki in 2017 Worldcon bid. The bundle is available for two more weeks, so go check it out now!
The prize is worth 17.000 €. Lomonosovin moottori is published by Poesia.
Friday, November 28, 2014
The prize winner was selected by Professor Anne Brunila who said about the book:
They Know Not What They Do is a mind-blowing work. It illuminates modern life with a rare sense of perception, without pointing fingers or moralizing. The reader finds the moral in him-or-herself. Ecoterrorism, animal activism, academic research, new technology with its digital universes, and a future in which reality and behaviour can be altered with technology and medicine, are all put into the spotlight.The Finlandia Prize is given by the Finnish Book Foundation and is worth 30 000 €. More info about the book and the author, and reading materials, is available from the Elina Ahlback Literary Agency.
Thursday, November 20, 2014
(Tor.com illustration by Greg Ruth)
The winner was decided this year by writer and director Johanna Vuoksenmaa who congratulated the novel on not following the gender conventions of typical fantasy literature. She also commended the indigenous and imaginative world Turtschaninoff has built, and said the book captures its reader and won’t let go easily. The prize is given by the Finnish Book Foundation and is worth 30,000 €.
(PS If anybody in the publishing world is interested, there is an English manuscript of the book available from the Elina Ahlback Literary Agency in December.)
Update Dec 4: The German rights to Maresi have been sold to Random House Heyne, so the book will eventually be available in German as well.
Update Dec 16: The World English rights to Maresi and its two upcoming sequels have been acquired by Pushkin Press. The rights have also been sold for publication in Denmark, Romania, and Sweden.
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Fantastik is the Swedish-speaking sister convention of Turconen, held for the first time on Sunday, noon till 6 PM, also at the library. Fantastik’s GoH is the Fenno-Swedish author Maria Turtschaninoff.
Both events are free to attend and everybody is welcome!
In upcoming releases there will be Miina Supinen’s Drei ist keiner zu viel (Ray Girl) which isn’t sf but Miina is a writer who comes from fandom and is always worth a read. And in non-fiction, Tuula Karjalainen’s Tove Jansson – Die Biografie was also published this summer.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Monday, August 25, 2014
Juva is best known as the Finnish translator of J.R.R. Tolkien’s works. Her first translation of a novel was The Lord of the Rings trilogy (parts I–II, 1973–75) with Eila Pennanen. She has translated nearly all of Tolkien’s works: The Silmarillion (1979), The Hobbit (1985), Unfinished Tales (1986), The Father Christmas Letters (2004) and The Children of Húrin (2007).
Other notable translations by Juva:
- The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne (1998)
- The Life and Adventured of Nicholas Nickleby (1992) and Bleak House (2006) by Charles Dickens
- Winnie-the-Pooh by A.A. Milne (1975)
- Watership Down by Richard Adams (1975)
She has also translated plays and radio dramas, e.g. the very popular The Men from the Ministry for The Finnish National Broadcasting Company. The translations of Kersti Juva make up the Finnish Tolkien canon and the Finnish subtitles for the Peter Jackson movies are based on her work.
Juva has received several awards for her translations, and has lectured in several universities on translating.
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Thursday, August 07, 2014
If you’d like to meet them (recommended: they are all very nice and interesting persons), you can start by visiting Varjomafia today at Terrakoti. Val and Mike will be there.
Tomorrow all three will pop by Cosmic Comic Cafe at six, so there’s a kind of an extra mafia pub meeting then.
Regina will also be present at the Terrakoti summer party on Saturday, starting at six.
Wednesday, August 06, 2014
Monday, August 04, 2014
(Also, a note to people interested in Finnish—many of the stories are available as bilingual versions, so you can also read the English and Finnish versions side by side if you like.)
On the following Sunday, the Tampere fandom is going to put up a jumble sale in Sorsapuisto (there’s a free public jumble sale in the park on Sundays), so head there if you’re in town and want to find interesting sfnal items.
Monday, July 28, 2014
Sunday, July 20, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
“m” and “w” indicate the winner, “t3m” and “t3w” how many men and women were in the top 3. A couple of top 3 results from the Portti competition are missing (will try to track them down later). For the winner, ½ means a woman–man team won, and ? signifies a pseudonym that haven’t publicly revealed their gender.
The Atorox Award is an annual popular award open to all members of fandom, and the winner is selected from all the Finnish sf short stories published in the previous year. The last time I noted that while there are almost an equal number of men and women who have won the award, the trend was towards more women winning. This situation seems to have swung back a bit, since four of the winners in the last five years were men, and men also have had a small majority of the top 3 positions.
In the juried Portti and Nova short story competitions, women continue to rule. Although after the last time there have been two male winners of Nova, the competition as a whole has been really strongly dominated by women. And looking at Portti in the 2000s, the winners are divided pretty equally, but there’s a clear majority of women in the top 3 placements. It may be worth noting that both competitions use pseudonymous entries, so the juries don’t know who the writer is (therefore a regocnizable gender or name isn’t an issue, except of course that some better–known writers have quite distinctive styles and because of that probably aren’t quite that anonymous).
I think the following points are also worth re-quoting from my original post: I don’t have any statistics about how many texts have been submitted to the competitions by men and by women, or what is the distribution of men and women of all published stories (eligible for Atorox). Also I don’t know the gender distribution of either the competition juries or the Atorox voters, so I can’t even venture a guess about if these are at all relevant. Another thing I haven’t looked at is whether the types of texts that win prizes have changed (between science fiction and fantasy, for example).
The book has also been published in the U.S and UK, the Czech Republic, Estonia, and in the Arabic region.
The results of the Nova short story competition for new writers were announced at Finncon. The first prize went to Tuukka Tenhunen for his short story “Ugrilainen tapaus” (“The Ugric Incident”). The competition was organized for the 15th time this yeard, with a record amount of 198 short stories participating. The competition jury comprised author Magdalena Hai, last year’s winner Anna Malinen, book blogger Hanna Matilainen, sf writer Tarja Sipiläinen, and the editor of the Kosmoskynä zine Juri Timonen.
The top three this year was as follows:
- Tuukka Tenhunen: Ugrilainen tapaus (200 €)
- Anu Korpinen: Tähden hauta (100 €)
- Taru Hautala: Jo joutui armas eilinen (50 €)
|photo: Magdalena Hai|
The Atorox Award for best Finnish sf short story published last year was traditionally announced at Finncon this weekend. This year’s winner is Jussi Katajala for his short story Mare Nostrum, published in the Osuuskumma eco-sf anthology Huomenna tuulet voimistuvat.
The top three this year was:
- Jussi Katajala: Mare Nostrum (Huomenna tuulet voimistuvat, Osuuskumma)
- Shimo Suntila: Milla ja Meri (Portti 2/2013)
- Miikka Pörsti: Raportti. Mikä johti operaatio Tähtivaeltajan epäonnistumiseen? (Tähtivaeltaja 4/2013)
Two observations: this was the first year since 2000 with an all-male top three for Atorox. Also, this was the second year in a row that the winner was published in an Osuuskumma anthology. As Osuuskumma is only two years old, it remains to be seen whether the trend continues, but I think it’s obvious (not just from these results but when looking at published short fiction in Finland in general) that there’s been a major shift from publishing mostly in fanzines to getting a lot of new stories published in anthologies.
Congratulations to the winner and runner-ups!
Friday, June 27, 2014
And while you’re there you can browse their sf catalog which is 20 % off until July 3.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Archipelacon is a joint venture put together by a bunch of experienced conrunners from Finland and Sweden (with staff also from Norway and Germany). The event venue is the brand new Alandica Culture & Congress Center, and the flavor of the convention is internationally Nordic. There will be programming in Finnish and Swedish, but the majority of the program items will be in English. The Guests of Honor announced so far are Johanna Sinisalo from Finland and Karin Tidbeck from Sweden.
|The con site|
Åland is quite easy to get to via Finland and Sweden, and there will be an inexpensive group travel opportunity by cruise liner to the islands. We are hoping that all of you who said you still want to come to Finland in 2015 after Helsinki lost the Worldcon bid last year will give Archipelacon some serious consideration: the more international crowd we get to the convention, the merrier!
The Archipelacon membership is 30 €, and there is also a youth membership (10 €) for people under 26. Go sign up and join the con!
If you want to have updates about the convention, you can follow @archipelacon on Twitter or sign up for an info mailing list that will keep you up to date with con-related stuff. If you’d like to take part in making Archipelacon happen, contact the organizers and let us hear from you!
The novel won the Teos science fiction competition in Finland a couple of years back, and the us edition got a favorable mention in Washington Post (among other places).
Itäranta says a couple of words about the book and the writing process on the Harper Voyager blog.
Sunday, June 15, 2014
My day started with a train trip with Shimo. We were joined by Sippo who also happened to be heading to Helsinki for the day. Many plans were hatched on the way, although Shimo didn’t quite promise to execute our ideas regarding Finncon, duel at dawn, and rubber chickens…
In Helsinki ran into Magdalena Hai who was also heading to the event, and went to grab a quick lunch before the programming started. We did lose Shimo for a while to the lure of second-hand bookshops, but in the end everyone got to Dubrovnik safely and in time.
|Steampunk: Anne Leinonen, Magdalena Hai, Markus Harju, Shimo Suntila|
If that project becomes a reality, there must of course be a sequel, set later in the times of the Soviet Union, handling the issues of Finland’s relations with the big neighbour in the steampunk world. The anthology should naturally be called “Höyrypunikki”.
(Just putting the pun back into Steampunk in Finnish here. Sorry.)
|Hal Duncan interviewed by Toni Jerrman|
|A captive audience|
|Books, zines, buttons, etc. were on sale|
|Why does the audience want their “heroes” to be shitheads?|
Petri Hiltunen, Jukka Halme, Johanna Sinisalo, Jukka Laajarinne
|Some things you just can’t escape…|
Of course, in addition to the quality programming, the real reason to visit a fannish minicon is to meet all the friends old and new. There was plenty of opportunity for that here; people came and went but there was always someone to talk to. And that’s what really makes fandom worth it, isn’t it?
The event was small but excellently organized. Everything ran smoothly and I’m pretty sure all the attendees had fun. So a big thank you to the Helsinki Science Fiction Society and the people who made Tähtivaeltaja Day happen!
Linkage: Raija has also written a report of the event (in Finnish), and so have Katri Alatalo and “Salainen elämä”. Henry has taken lots of nice photos.
Friday, June 13, 2014
Friday, May 16, 2014
The Kirjava Kettu Award is given biannually by the Kaarina city library, and the award winner is chosen by local children and YA readers. This year the award goes to Kerjäläisprinsessa by Magdalena Hai (whom you can meet in September at Turconen where she is the Guest of Honor).
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Finnish writers now create fiction that is a phenomenal mixture of sf, fantasy, horror, surrealism, magic realism—you name it. It’s highly original, fresh and surprising, sometimes it celebrates elements of our rich folklore and mythos, sometimes it soars sky-high in sf worlds, sometimes the stories are almost realistic, but have that little weirdness or twist that makes them something other than mimetic writing.
(quote from Johanna Sinisalo’s introduction)
Finnish Weird is a free one-off (at least for now) magazine published by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society. It introduces the concept of “Finnish Weird”, showcases a few writers and also includes two short stories. The printed version will be available on select occasions (come and look for us at Worldcon!), but you can also get an electronic version, either as a pdf or an ebook (epub).
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Wednesday, April 02, 2014
This month, I’m hoping to see some new faces there, as the pub meeting also serves as a pre-party for Saturday’s Terracon, a minicon organized by the societies that inhabit the Terrakoti club house. Terracon starts at 10 AM and continues until 4 PM, after which there will be a spring party at Terrakoti. There will be a few panel discussions, workshops, games, and a dealers zone at the convention. Terracon is free to attend.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Sunday, March 23, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
The Atorox Award longlist has been published. Congratulations to all the nominees!
Atorox is an annual award given by the Turku Science Fiction Society for the best Finnish sf short story published in the previous year, determined by a vote among the members of the Finnish fandom. If you want to participate, contact your local sf society or the organisers directly.
Friday, March 21, 2014
Tuesday, March 04, 2014
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