2018 Tähtifantasia Award

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society announced the winner of the 2018 Tähtifantasia Award at Finncon 2018 in Turku. The award is given for the best translated fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year.

  • David Mitchell: Luukellot [The Bone Clocks] (Sammakko, Translated to Finnish by Einari Aaltonen)

The award jury is composed of critics Jukka Halme and Aleksi Kuutio, author and publisher Anne Leinonen, and Osmo Määttä of Risingshadow.net.

Jukka Halme said, “The jury commended the book’s handling of the themes of time, and the worth of eternal life, and how it tackles changes in society and consequences of climate change, yet is also an entertaining read. The Finnish translation gets a special mention from the jury.”

[Thanks to Jukka Halme for the story.]

Le Guin Dramatizations
on BBC Radio 4

Ursula Le Guin. Photo by Eileen Gunn.

Ursula Le Guin. Photo by Eileen Gunn.

Two classic works by Ursula K. Le Guin adapted by BBC Radio 4 will air in April, The Left Hand of Darkness and The Wizard of Earthsea.

Accompanying these programs is a documentary about Le Guin’s influence on science fiction and fantasy presented by Naomi Alderman, with comments from authors Neil Gaiman and David Mitchell. The full 30-minute feature, and short introductory clips, are all online here.

The two episodes of The Left Hand of Darkness have already debuted and will continue to be available til mid-May.

The Left Hand of Darkness, Episode 1 (58 min.)

The Left Hand of Darkness, Episode 2 (58 min.)

The six-episode series of The Wizard of Earthsea will begin airing April 27, with each installment becoming available online after broadcast. Two short preview clips are available here.