Friday, July 15, 2016
As always, the issue is available as a free download (epub and pdf), so go check it out! (Editor Toni Jerrman points out that an improved epub version of issue 2 is also available on the site.)
Thursday, July 14, 2016
I’m mentioning the book here because it contains two stories by Finnish authors, Gorgonoids by Leena Krohn and Baby Doll by Johanna Sinisalo. And of course over a hundred other stories.
You can read more about the project in the Kirkus review of Ann and Jeff.
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
The collection is published by the Cheeky Frawg Books, and is available both as a hardcover and an ebook.
|FINFAR founding meeting|
In addition to the research she has had a big influence in fandom in general. She was instrumental in starting to organize Finncons in other cities outside Helsinki (and has chaired a few), took part in starting the Finncon association, has taught writing, participated in writing guides, talked about science fiction, and been a good friend to people coming to fandom.
|Photo: Jussi Vainikainen|
|Heikki Nevala, Jussi Katajala, Oskari Rantala, J.S. Meresmaa,|
Janos Honkonen, and Magdalena Hai. Photo by Pasi Karppanen
- Magdalena Hai: Kaunis Ululian (Kristallimeri. Osuuskumma)
- Oskari Rantala: Didin historiat (Portti 4/14)
- Tuukka Tenhunen: Ugrilainen tapaus (Spin 4/14)
There were 20 short stories in the short list (nominated by Finnish fandom; all published stories were eligible), and 62 persons participated in the voting. The award is given by the Turku Science Fiction Society.
The jury compared Tan’s stories to those of Leena Krohn and Tove Jansson and commended them as imaginative stories that give a lot to children, young adults, and adults alike. The stories talk about wanting to belong, the power of friendship, and the meaning of close relationships. There is always hope in the stories, even when the main characters are loners and outsiders.
The translation preserves the richness, the rhythm, and the atmosphere of the original exceptionally well. The jury recommends the Finnish version to all readers.
The award is given by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, and the jury comprised of critics Jukka Halme, Aleksi Kuutio, and Anne Leinonen, and the Risingshadow.net fantasy forum representative Osmo Määttä.
Friday, May 20, 2016
The jury commended the novel for its commentary on questionable trends in the modern world. The author tackles important global themes with skill, and urges humankind to wake up and see the reality before it is too late. The novel also looks into the birth mechanisms of religions and the power of storytelling.
The jury comprised of critic Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Antti Oikarinen.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
- Maailmanloppu ja ihmemaa (Sekai no owari to hadoboirudo wandarando) by Haruki Murakami (Tammi)
- Odininlapsi (Odinsbarn) by Siri Pettersen (Jalava)
- Viisaan miehen pelko (The Wise Man's Fear) by Patrick Rothfuss (Kirjava)
- Wendigo ja muita yliluonnollisia kauhukertomuksia edited by Markku Sadelehto (Jalava)
- Etäisten esikaupunkien asioita (Tales from Outer Suburbia) by Shaun Tan (Lasten Keskus)
Saturday, March 19, 2016
Friday, March 18, 2016
The Ministry of Education and Culture has announced their annual cultural magazine grants. Unfortunately, from an sfnal perspective, the pickings look noticeably slimmer than in previous years. Neither Kosmoskynä nor Spin got a grant this year. The bigger zines, Portti and Tähtivaeltaja, received a 10 000 € grant each (same sum as last year) and the Finnish Comics Society zine Sarjainfo also got the same 18 000 € as last year.
Congrats to the lucky ones and commiserations to those left without!
Full list of grants (PDF)
Monday, February 29, 2016
First and foremost, I‘m of course very happy to see the Tampere Finncon receive a 6 000 € grant to help in organizing the event.
Another bit w00t: Irma Hirsjärvi and her The World Hobbit Project workgroup received 90 000 € for research of meanings of fantasy in Finland. Huge congrats!
Kaisa Kaukiainen‘s doctoral thesis research of religiousness in dystopic literature seems very interesting, and was supported with a 24 000 € grant.
Also congratulations to Juha-Pekka Koskinen, J. Pekka Mäkelä, and Antti Oikarinen who each received a 24 000 € grant (for writing or translation work), and to Iida Simes and Aino Torttila for a 12 000 € grant to improve the visibility of Nordic literature in the Helsinki Book Fair.
Thursday, February 25, 2016
There’s a new Slack chat forum called ‘Suomen Fandom’ for discussing (in Finnish) sf and fandom and all such things—life, the universe, and everything. It’s set up by ESC, but everyone interested is invited—email Jarmo Vainionpää if you want to join the discussion.
If you’re new to Slack, check out this very short introduction to get the general gist of it.
(For those on Facebook, there‘s also a fandom group there that is rather active.)
The candidates for the Tähtivaeltaja Award (best science fiction book published in Finland last year) have been announced.
On the shortlist selected by the award jury are:
- Uusi maa (MaddAddam) by Margaret Atwood (Otava)
- Kudottujen kujien kaupunki by Emmi Itäranta (Teos)
- Haikaran silmä (The Eye of the Heron) by Ursula K. Le Guin (Vaskikirjat)
- Hävitys (Annihilation) by Jeff VanderMeer (Like)
- Liktorin miekka (The Sword of the Lictor) by Gene Wolfe (Gummerus)
The award jury comprises journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Antti Oikarinen. The award winner will be announced in May.
Monday, February 22, 2016
The website for Kosmoskynä (the zine of the Finnish Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Association) has been renewed, and now features a brand new webzine that will publish new stuff not seen in the paper zine (which from now on is published only two times per year). Two new short stories have been published, and columns and non-fiction articles will be published in the future as well. Go check the spiffy new site out!
All’s not that great though—when creating the new website, they’ve made the rookie web design mistake of purging all the old content from the site, including a quite large archive of information about and texts from the zine’s history. A damn shame from a fanhistory perspective, but I’m hoping this was just a cleanup for getting the new zine published, and the historical information will be added to the new site as well.
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