2020 Tähtifantasia Award

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has announced the winner of the 2020 Tähtifantasia Award, given for the best fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year.

The award has been presented for 14 years. Previously, only fantasy books translated into Finnish were considered but this year for the first time novels originally written in Finnish also were eligible, and the winner is one of those works.

  • Juhani KarilaPienen hauen pyydystys (Siltala)

From the citation, via Google Translate:

Catching a little pike is an absurd adventure, a development story and a love story that elegantly combines realistic storytelling and fantasy. Juhani Karila’s modern Lapland marsh, forest and village landscape is filled with mystical creatures, but they are treated like any other everyday phenomenon. Karila does not explain why or how the creatures of northern mythology have returned to the other side of the Arctic Circle, but sucks the reader directly into the middle of the events.

…Along with the joyfully advancing story, Karila makes accurate observations of the way the world is going and creates a picture of human life as part of a larger whole. Catching a small pike also describes the human – often negative – impact on its environment.

The book is a touching description of human choices, love, rejection, the difficulty of self-acceptance, and forgiveness. With the help of her two different protagonists, Karila successfully rhythms her text, ranging from more humorous to more thoughtful or sad. Karila’s ability to change mood and style from one chapter to another can only be admired.

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

2020 Tähtifantasia Award Shortlist

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has chosen the nominees for the 2020 Tähtifantasia Award, given for the best fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year. This year, for the first time, Finnish works are also included in addition to fantasy books translated into Finnish.

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

  • Katri AlataloIkuisesti, siskoni (Gummerus)
  • Neil GaimanPohjoisen mytologia [Norse Mythology] (Like, translated to Finnish by Jouko Ruokosenmäki)
  • Karoliina HeinolaHitonhauta ja muita puolielävien kohtaloita (Aarni)
  • Juhani KarilaPienen hauen pyydystys (Siltala)
  • V. E. SchwabMagian syvempi sävy [A Darker Shade of Magic] (Karisto, translated to Finnish by Mika Kivimäki)

2019 Tähtifantasia Award Shortlist

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has announced the nominees for the 2019 Tähtifantasia Award, given for the best translated fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year.

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

  • Matt Haig: Kuinka aika pysäytetään [How to Stop Time] (Aula & Co, translated to Finnish by Sarianna Silvonen)
  • Robin Hobb: Narrin salamurhaaja [Fool’s Assassin] (Otava, translated to Finnish by Ilkka Rekiaro)
  • Shirley Jackson: Linna on aina ollut kotimme [We Have Always Lived in the Castle] (Fabriikki Kustannus, translated to Finnish by Laura Vesanto)
  • Samanta Schweblin: Houreuni [Fever Dream] (Like, translated to Finnish by Einari Aaltonen)
  • T. H. White: Muinainen ja tuleva kuningas [The Once and Future King] (Vaskikirjat, translated to Finnish by Pekka Tuomisto)

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.]

2018 Tähtifantasia Award Shortlist

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has announced the nominees for the 2018 Tähtifantasia Award, given for the best translated fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year.

  • Eka Kurniawan: Kauneus on kirous [Beauty Is A Wound] (Gummerus, Translated to Finnish by Jaana Kapari-Jatta)
  • Ursula K. Le Guin: Ikuisen hämärän maa [The Beginning Place] (Vaskikirjat, Translated to Finnish by Jyrki Iivonen)
  • Andri Snær Magnason: Aika-arkku [Tímakistan]  (Aula & Co, Translated from the original Icelandic “The Time Casket” to Finnish by Tapio Koivukari)
  • David Mitchell: Luukellot [The Bone Clocks] (Sammakko, Translated to Finnish by Einari Aaltonen)
  • Brandon Sanderson: Viimeinen valtakunta [Mistborn: The Final Empire] (Jalava, Translated to Finnish by Mika Kivimäki)

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

[Thanks to Jukka Halme for the story.]

2017 Tähtifantasia Award

The 2017 Tähtifantasia Award, given for the best translated fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year, was presented at Worldcon 75 on August 10.

The winner is:

  • Kazuo Ishiguro: Haudattu jättiläinen [The Buried Giant] (Tammi, suom. Helene Bützov)

Translator Helene Bützow accepted the prize.

The award jury was composed of critic Jukka Halme, critic Aleksi Kuutio, author and publisher Anne Leinonen, and fantasy reporter, Osmo Määttä, representative of Risingshadow.net.

Translator Helene Bützow

2017 Tähtifantasia Award Shortlist

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has announced the nominees for the 2017 Tähtifantasia Award, given for the best translated fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year.

  • Joe Abercrombie: Halki puolen maailman [Half the World] (Jalava, suom. Mika Kivimäki)
  • Lauren Beukes: Zoo City – Eläinten valtakunta [Zoo City] (Aula & Co, suom. Tytti Viinikainen)
  • Francis Marion Crawford: Ajattomat aaveet [Timeless Ghosts] (Vaskikirjat, suom. Laura Nieminen ja Johanna Vainikainen)
  • Kazuo Ishiguro: Haudattu jättiläinen [The Buried Giant] (Tammi, suom. Helene Bützov)
  • Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd: Hirviön kutsu [A Monster Calls] (Tammi, suom. Kaisa Kattelus)

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

SF Awards at Finncon 2016

At Finland’s national sf convention, Finncon 2016, the following awards were presented for the best science fiction, fantasy and translated works.

atorox

Atorox Award

Atorox Award

The Atorox Award goes to the best Finnish sf short story published in the previous year. The year’s top three stories were selected by 62 participating voters:

  1. Magdalena Hai: Kaunis Ululian (Kristallimeri. Osuuskumma)
  2. Oskari Rantala: Didin historiat (Portti 4/14)
  3. Tuukka Tenhunen: Ugrilainen tapaus (Spin 4/14)

Atorox the robot appeared in a series of stories by Aarne Haapakoski (1904–1961), one of the first sf writers in Finland.

Tähtifantasia Award

The Tähtifantasia Award is given by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society for the best translated fantasy book published in Finnish during the previous year.

The 2016 winner was Shaun Tan’s collection of short stories for children, Etäisten esikaupunkien asioita (Tales from Outer Suburbia, 2009).

The award jury members were critics Jukka Halme, Aleksi Kuutio, Anne Leinonen, and a representative of Risingshadow.netin, Osmo Määttä.

One other Finnish sf/f award was given earlier this year:

Tähtivaeltaja Award

The Tähtivaeltaja Award recognizes the best translated sf book published in Finnish during the previous year. (According to Ben Roimola, the award name translates to English as “Star Rover”.)

Announced in May, the winning book was Uusi maa (MaddAddam) by Margaret Atwood, translated into Finnish by Kristiina Drews and published by Otava.