Obituary: Jenni Tyynelä

Finnish academic Jenni Tyynelä died on October 4 following a battle with cancer. Tyynelä was a scholar at the University of Tampere in Finland and was working on her PhD. She was active in Finnish SF study circles and was an attendee at conventions and academic conferences, including ICFA in Orlando, FL.

Atorox Awards

The Atorox Award, presented for best Finnish story of the previous year, was presented during the Hugo Ceremony at Worldcon 75 in Helsinki on August 11.

  • Atorox Award: “Itkevän taivaan temppeli,” by Maiju Ihalainen (“The Temple of Heavenly Tears”)

Worldcon 75 Expands Chairman’s Staff

Jukka Halme, the Chair of Worldcon 75, has announced the appointment of Karo Leikomaa and Colette H. Fozard as vice-chairs of this year’s Worldcon, to be held in Helsinki. Originally, Halme was co-chairing the convention with two others, both of whom have resigned. This appointment helps fill the management team of the event. Leikomaa has served on the con com of several Finncons in a variety of positions and Fozard has served as senior staff for Arisia, Balticon, MAGFest, and Zenkaikon.
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Finnish SF Awards

A variety of Finnish science fiction awards were presented at Finncon 2016. The Atorox Award is presented for best Finnish story of the previous year, the Tähtifantasia Award is for best book translated into Finnish.

  • Atorox Award: “Kaunis Ululian,” by Magdalena Hai (“Beautiful Ululian”)
  • Tähtifantasia Award: Kanelipuodit ja muita kertomuksia, by Shaun Tan (Tales from Outer Suburbia)
  • Tähtivaeltaja Award: Uusi maa, by Margaret Atwood (MaddAddam)

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Tähtivaeltaja Nominations

The candidates for the Tähtivaeltaja Award for best science fiction book published in Finland last year have been announced. The winner is selected by a jury of Hannu Blommila, Toni Jerrman, Elli Leppä, and Antti Oikarinen and will be announced in May.

  • Uusi maa, by Margaret Atwood (MaddAddam)
  • Kudottujen kujien kaupunki, by Emmi Itäranta
  • Haikaran silmä, by Ursula K. Le Guin (The Eye of the Heron)
  • Hävitys, by Jeff VanderMeer (Annihilation)
  • Liktorin miekka, by Gene Wolfe (The Sword of the Lictor)

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Worldcon 75

Helsinki has announced that the name for the 2017 Worldcon will be Worldcon 75. Their Guests of Honor will include John-Henri Holmberg, Nalo Hopkinson, Johanna Sinisalo, Claire Wendling, and Walter Jon Williams. Worldcon 75 will take place from August 9-13, 2017.

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GUFF Candidate Announced

Unlike last year, which saw a four person race to represent Australasia at Loncon 3, this year’s GUFF race to send a European fan to Australasia has only one candidate. Finnfan Jukka Halme is running to attend Contact 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. It is important to get out and vote in a one person Fan Fund race to ensure the fund remains solvent.
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Finnish Award Season

A variety of Finnish science fiction awards were presented at Finncon 2014. The Atorox Award is presented for best Finnish story of the previous year, the Tähtifantasia Award is for best book translated into Finnish, the Nova Award is for writers who haven’t published a book, and the Kosmoskynä award is for achievement in advancing Finnish science fiction.

  • Atorox Award: “Mare Nostrum,” by Jussie Katajala (“The Winds Get Stronger Tomorrow”)
  • Tähtifantasia Award: Kanelipuodit ja muita kertomuksia, by Bruno Schulz
  • Nova Award: Ugrilainen tapaus, Tuukka Tenhunen
  • Kosmoskynä Award: Pasi Karppanen

For more information about the Atorox Award
For more information about the Tähtifantasia Award
For more information about the Nova Award
For more information about the Kosmoskynä Award

Helsinki Rising

Helsinki has announced that it will bid to host the Worldcon in 2017. Helsinki finished second in the voting for the 2015 Worldcon (losing to Spokane). Helsinki will once again be in a race with multiple other bids as Japan and Montreal have previously announced bids for 2017.

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Ajan Polut Winners

The Ajan polut competition for alternate history announced a three-way tie for first place at Finncon on July 17. Each winner received a cash prize of €200.

  • Jotta taidat suomen kielen” (“So You’ll Know the Finnish Language”), by Jussi Katajala
  • Presidentin elokuut” (“The President’s Autumns”), by Jussi Katajala
  • Uusi maailma” (“A New World”), by Anne-Mari Halonen

For more information… (Finnish)