Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Fafnir #3 Is Out

The third issue of Fafnir—Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research has been published. Fafnir is a peer-reviewed academic journal published by the Finnish Society for Science Fiction and Fantasy Research. The third issue celebrates fantasy, and you can read it online.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Turconen & Fantastik Next Weekend

Turconen is a one-day sf minicon held for the second time at the Turku main library. Turconen 2 takes place on Saturday, 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the library, and there will be evening program on Friday (Cosmic Comic Cafe at 7 PM) and also on Saturday (Brewery Restaurant Koulu, 7 PM). The GoH is author Magdalena Hai.

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!

Finnish Sf in German

Just in time for the Frankfurt Book Fair (where Finland is a Guest of Honour this year) there are some interesting sf releases in German. The first part of Salla Simukka’s Snow White Trilogy, So rot vie Blut (As Red As Blood), has been published by Arena. Emmi Itäranta’s acclaimed Der Geschmack von Wasser (Memory of Water) has also seen a German release by DTV/Reihe Hanser, and Johanna Sinisalo’s Finnisches Feuer (The Core of the Sun) was published earlier this year by Klett-Cotta. And in children’s literature Hanser has published Hannele Huovi’s award-winning fairy tale book Die Federkette (The Feather Chain).

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

The Hobbit play in Imatre

The Imatra theatre will put up a play based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. The premiere is next January, and tickets are on sale now.

Finlandia Award Nominees 2018

The Finlandia Award nominees for this year have been announced, and there are a couple of familiar sfnal names in the mix. Magdalena Hai’s K...