Notes from New Sodom

... rantings, ravings and ramblings of strange fiction writer, THE.... Sodomite Hal Duncan!!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Wanderer Returned...

... but knackered figures he can buy some time to get a proper blog post about it all written, with this heads-up on some Finnish writers with work available in English, by way of Toni Jerrman, editor of Tähtivaeltaja. In Toni's words:


Here's some links and such about new Finnish SF and fantasy in books and in the net - in English.

Hannu Rajaniemi, a Finnish writer who has been living in Scotland made a major three book deal with British Gollancz about a year and a half ago. The first book, "The Quantum Thief", will be out in September.

Charles Stross has already read the book and is hailing it as the best first SF novel he's read in many years and a prime contender for next year's Hugo-award! About Hannu's talent he has this to say: "If you dropped Greg Egan's hard physics chops into a rebooted Finnish version of Al Reynolds with the writing talent of a Ted Chiang you'd begin to get a rough approximation of the scale of his talent."

More from Stross about Hannu in there:

There's also an older short story by Rajaniemi on the net in English to give you a taste of his fiction.

The Tiptree-award winning Johanna Sinisalo has a short story called "Bear's Bride" in the anthology "The Beastly Bride" edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling.

More info here and there

Tiina Raevaara has published a novel and a short story collection which both have clear speculative fiction elements. If you want to check how she writers there's a translated short story on Books from Finland website.

J. Pekka Mäkelä has already published four SF books and translated a lot more (e.g. by Philip K. Dick and Sean Stewart). Link to his short story "Thirty More Years" in pdf-format can be found on Finnish Writers web page.

PS. Remember to also check this great episode of Tommi Musturi's comic Walking with Samuel.


So there you go. That ought to keep you busy while I write up the odyssean journey that was Halcon2.



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