News From Finland


Helsinki SF Society has been giving The Tähtivaeltaja-award for the best Science Fiction book published in Finland for over 20 years. Now HSFS has started a new award called Tähtifantasia (Star Fantasy) that will be given yearly to the best translated Fantasy book published in Finland during the previous year.

The winner will be chosen by a jury of experts. The five nominees for the best translated Fantasy book published in Finland in 2006 are:

  • Jonathan Carroll: Valkoiset omenat (White Apples)
  • Jukka Halme (ed.): Uuskummaa? Modernin fantasian antologia (New Weird? An Anthology of Modern Fantasy – Includes short stories from Jeff VanderMeer, Stepan Chapman, Kelly Link, China Miéville, Jeffrey Ford, Margo Lanagan etc)
  • George R. R. Martin: Miekkamyrsky, part 2 (A Storm of Swords – The second half)
  • Patricia A. McKillip: Unohdettu Ombria (Ombria in Shadow)
  • Jeff VanderMeer: Pyhimysten ja mielipuolten kaupunki (The City of Saints and Madmen – Selection of stories)

The winner will be announced in August.


  1. says

    The only thing that was a very little dissapointment in City of Saints and Madmen was that the story Dradin in Love not was in the book. But I can live with that.

    Anyway. Congratulations.

  2. says

    Wow- Dradin in Love was my favorite story from that collection. Which, BTW, I am kicking myself over, because I had one of the original Dradin in Love paperbacks that was released through Buzzcity press, with Jeff’s signature- and I lent it to a friend and it is now gone. Gone. To california.

    Oh, I’m off track. Again.

    Congrats! Here’s fingers crossing and all that good stuff.