(Art and design by Jeremy Zerfoss; rough covers for a new Cheeky Frawg e-series, and one might wind up being a SF sampler…)
You may have noticed a plethora of Finnish fiction features on this blog and elsewhere as a result of our whirlwind tour/trip in April. There have been other practical results.
For example, Cheeky Frawg is in negotiations with Leena Krohn not just to release her amazing Kafka-esque fantasy Tainaron as an e-book, but also to translate another of her novels into English. Krohn is one of Finland’s most respected writers, and we were lucky enough to meet with her in Helsinki on this trip.
Also, Jukka Halme and Tero Ykspetäjä have agreed to co-edit It Came From the North: A Finnish Fantasy Sampler for Cheeky Frawg. The first volume of this planned series will debut in November. Other (potentially exciting) developments involving cross-cultural exchange and further translations are too nascent to talk about at this time.
With regard to the recent media coverage, the Amazon book blog, Omnivoracious, has been kind enough to host my two-part feature on Finnish SF/F, featuring a video interview with this year’s Eurocon guest of honor and Finnish New Weird? antho editor Jukka Halme. The second half of that feature just went live. I’ve re-posted the video portion from part one below. The features cover a wide variety of Finnish SF/F from authors known to English-language readers, and those who are not…yet.