Strandberg Suffers Stroke

Swedish fan Lars-Olov Strandberg, guest of honor at Interaction, the 2005 Worldcon, has suffered a stroke, according to his niece. Strandberg is paralyzed in half his body and incommunicable. Doctor are still hoping a partial recovery is possible.

Obituary: Tommy Silverros

Swedish fan Tommy Silverros (b.1961) died on November 24. Silverros was active in the MLSF (Malmö-Lund Science Fiction and Fantasy Association) and served as the organization’s Vice Chairman. Silverros was not only active in Swedish fandom, but also traveled throughout Europe enjoying conventions and promoting Swedish fandom.

Fantasiknovelltävlingen Winners

The winners of the 2015 Fantasiknovelltävlingen (Fantastic Short Story Competition) were announced. The Fantasiknovelltävlingen has been running in Sweden since 2000 and is sponsored by SKRIVA, a writer’s list. A total of 2000 Swedish kroner were distributed to the winners. Prizes were sponsored by SF Bokhandeln bookstore, the magazine Skriva, the publishers Wela and Zenzat.

  • 1st Prize: “Rickard erövraren,” by Gustaf Grandinsson (“Richard the Conqueror”)
  • 2nd Prize: “Riten,” by Eva Häggmark (“The Ceremony”)
  • 3rd Prize: “Skyskraporna i Densai,” by Joakim Broman (“The Skyscrapers of Densai”)

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Obituary: Johan Frick

Swedish SF author Johan Frick (b.1966) died on November 14. Frick founded the Gothenburg outlet of the Science Fiction bookstore, published several short stories, and translated the works of Patricia McKillip into Swedish.

Fantasiknovelltävlingen Winners

The winners of the 2015 Fantasiknovelltävlingen (Fantastic Short Story Competition) were announced. The Fantasiknovelltävlingen has been running in Sweden since 2000 and is sponsored by SKRIVA, a writer’s list. A total of 2000 Swedish kroner were distributed to the winners. Prizes were sponsored by SF Bokhandeln bookstore, the magazine Skriva, the publishers Wela and Zenzat.

  • 1st Prize: “Bläcklingar,” by Fredrik Stennek
  • 2nd Prize: “Hon,” by Eva Ullerud
  • 3rd Prize: “Götheborg,” by Dennis Jacobsson

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Fan Denied Seat at EU Debate

Swedish SF fan Andrea Andersdotter, who was elected to represent Sweden in the EU Parliament for the Pirate Party in 2009, was nominated by her party for the EU Presidency. Andersdotter has been informed that she will not be able to participate in the EU Presidential debates. The EU explanation appears to be that Andersdotter missed the initial filing deadline and that the Party Group the Pirate party belongs to is already sending a candidate to the debate.

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Fantasiknovelltävlingen Winners

The winners of the 2013 Fantasiknovelltävlingen (Fantastic Short Story Competition) were announced. The Fantasiknovelltävlingen has been running in Sweden since 2000 and is sponsored by SKRIVA, a writer’s list. First prize receives €100, with second prize receiving €50 and third receiving €30. Case prizes were donated by Novellmästarna.

  • 1st Prize: “Den hängda mannen,” by Jonas Lejon
  • 2nd Prize: “Intelligentare människor,” by Johannes Pinter
  • 3rd Prize: “De dansande stjärnornas natt,” by Robert Warreback

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Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Award

Jonas Wissting was named the recipient of the Alvar Appeltofft Memorial Award at the Swedish National Convention. The award, named for Swedish fan Alvar Appeltofft, who died in 1976, is the premiere Swedish fan award. Wissting is a long-time fan who has made numerous records of panels and speeches. The award includes a certificate and a cash prize of €500.

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Fantastiknovelltävlingen Winners

The winners of the thirteen annual Fantastiknovelltävlingen, a short story contest run by the Swedish e-mail list SKRIVA with support from the writers group Novellmästarna, have been announced. The winners share a €200 prize.

  • 1st prize “Hemliga lådan,” by Robin Karlsson (“The Secret Box”)
  • 2nd prize “Tvättstugan,” by Jonas Lejon (“The Laundry Room”)
  • 3rd prize “Inbjudningskortet,” by Patrik Centerwall (“The Invitation Card”)

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World SF Travel Fund Recipients

Swedish authors Karin Tidbeck and Nene Ormes have been named the recipients of the World SF Travel Fund, which will permit the two women to travel to Toronto, Canada to attend this year’s World Fantasy Convention, with additional assistance from Cheeky Frawg Books, run by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer. The selection board was comprised of Lauren Beukes, Aliette de Bodard, Nnedi Okorafor, Ekaterina Sedia, and Charles Tan. Lavie Tidhar and Sean Wallace administer the fund.

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