Tähtivaeltaja Award 2022

The winner of the 2022 Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award was announced May 11. The award, sponsored by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year which the judges have determined to be —.

  • Kazuo Ishiguro: Klara ja aurinko (Klara and the Sun; Translated into Finnish by Helene Bützow.) (Tammi)

Klara is one of the Artificial Friends peddled as companions for children and young people to support the development of their social skills in a competitive world.

The award citation says of Ishiguro’s novel —

…Beneath the elaborate, subtle narrative lurks tragic, at times laconically cruel tones. The creepiness of the surrounding society emerges from small cues and fragments of knowledge that the reader must be able to extract from the observations of a very different creature. In all its humanity, Klara is an object, an asset in the world of the book; at the same time, the obsession with success drives the human characters in the novel to treat each other in an instrumental manner, including their own children.

Ishiguro captures the reader with certainty and also manages to surprise. The levels of the novel support each other from small linguistic solutions to the plot. The ensemble plays together like a symphony orchestra and forms a more distinctive world that is disturbingly reminiscent of our own than the number of pages. Every detail is considered, no sentence is in vain or in the wrong place. Helene Bützow’s nuanced translation completes the reading experience.

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has been presenting the “Star Rover” award since 1986. This year’s winner was selected by a jury composed of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Kaisa Ranta. 

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2022 Shortlist

The 2022 Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award finalists have been posted. The award, sponsored by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year.

  • Anne-Maija Aalto: Mistä valo pääsee sisään (Otava)
  • Kazuo Ishiguro: Klara ja aurinko (Klara and the Sun; Translated into Finnish by Helene Bützow.)(Tammi)
  • N. K. Jemisin: Viides vuodenaika (The Fifth Season; Translated into Finnish by Mika Kivimäki.)(Jalava)
  • Marc-Uwe Kling: QualityLand (QualityLand; Translated into Finnish by Sanna van Leeuwen.) (Like)
  • Yoko Ogawa: Muistipoliisi (Hisoyaka na Kessho; The Memory Police; Translated into Finnish by Markus Juslin.)(Tammi)

The nominees were selected by a jury composed of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Kaisa Ranta. The winner will be announced in April-May.

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2021

The Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award winner was posted on April 14. Sponsored by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, the award goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year, which the judges have determined to be —

  • Emmi Itäranta: Kuunpäivän kirjeet (Teos)

The award citation says Itäranta’s novel —

tells of a future in which humanity has moved to live in nearby space. The author’s strong vision of the solar system shows us where we are heading and what kind of communities humanity that has left the Earth’s crust could build. At the same time, it asks if we change as our daily lives and places of residence change and what price is paid for the change. What sins do we collectively carry with us into the distance of time and place?

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has been presenting the “Star Rover” award since 1986. This year’s winner was selected by a jury composed of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Kaisa Ranta.

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2021 Shortlist

The Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award finalists have been posted. The award, sponsored by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year.

The nominees were selected by a jury composed of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Kaisa Ranta.

  • Laura Gustafsson: Rehab (Into)
  • Emmi Itäranta: Kuunpäivän kirjeet (Teos)
  • Kim Liggett: Armonvuosi (The Grace Year, translated into Finnish by Leena Ojalatva; Karisto)
  • Liu Cixin: Kuolema on ikuinen (Death’s End, Sishen yongsheng, translated into Finnish by Rauno Sainio; Aula & Co)
  • David Foster Wallace: Päättymätön riemu (Infinite Jest, translated into Finnish by  Tero Valkonen; Siltala & Sanavalinta)

The winner will be announced in April or May.

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2020

The Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award winner was posted on May 13. The award, given by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year.

  • Margaret Atwood: Testamentit. (Otavan Kirjasto) Translated into Finnish by Hilkka Pekkanen.

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has been presenting the “Star Rover” award since 1986. This year’s winner was selected by a jury composed of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Kaisa Ranta.

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2020 Shortlist

The Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award finalists have been posted. The award, sponsored by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year.

The nominees were selected by a jury composed of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Kaisa Ranta.

  • Naomi Alderman: Voima (The Power, translated into Finnish by  Marianna Kurtto, Gummerus)
  • Margaret Atwood: Testamentit (The Testaments, translated into Finnish by Hilkka Pekkanen, Otava)
  • Agustina Bazterrica: Rotukarja (Cadáver exquisito, translated into Finnish by Einari Aaltonen, Like)
  • Peter Høeg: Sinun silmiesi kautta (Gennem dine øjne, translated into Finnish by Sanna Manninen, Tammi)
  • Antti Salminen: Mir (Poesia)

The winner will be announced in April or May.

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2019

The Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award winner was posted on May 2. The award, given by the Helsinki Science Fiction Society, goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year.

  • Johannes Anyuru: He hukkuvat äitiensä kyyneliin (De kommer att drunkna i sina mödrars tårar; The Rabbit Yard. Translated to Finnish by Outi Menna, S&S)

Johannes Anyuru is a Swedish writer and poet who was born in 1979 and has published two collections of poems and two novels. His father is Ugandan and his mother is Swedish.

The Helsinki Science Fiction Society has been presenting the “Star Rover” award since 1986. This year’s winner was selected by a jury composed of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Kaisa Ranta.

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2019 Shortlist

The Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award finalists have been posted. The award goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year.

The nominees were selected by a jury of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Kaisa Ranta. The award winner will be announced in April.

  • Johannes Anyuru: He hukkuvat äitiensä kyyneliin (De kommer att drunkna i sina mödrars tårar; The Rabbit Yard. Translated to Finnish by Outi Menna, S&S)
  • Cixin Liu: Kolmen kappaleen probleema. Muistoja planeetta maasta 1 (The Three Body Problem, Santi, Translated to Finnish by Rauno Sainio, Aula & Co)
  • Hannu Rajaniemi: Kesämaa (Summerland, translated to Finnish by Tero Valkonen, Gummerus)
  • George Saunders: Lincoln bardossa (Lincoln in the Bardo, translated to Finnish by Kaijamari Sivill, Siltala)
  • Rivers Solomon: Menneisyyden kaiku (An Unkindness of Ghosts, translated to Finnish by Einari Aaltonen, Like)

Tähtivaeltaja Award 2018 Shortlist

The Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Rover”) Award finalists have been posted. The award goes to the best science fiction book published in Finland in the previous year,

The nominees were selected by a jury of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Antti Oikarinen. The award winner will be announced in May.

  • Tuomo Jäntti: Verso (Gummerus)
  • Heikki Kännö: Mehiläistie (Sammakko)
  • Jukka Laajarinne: Pinnan alla pimeä (Atena)
  • David Mitchell: Luukellot (Sammakko, suom. Einari Aaltonen)
  • Jani Saxell: Tuomiopäivän karavaani (WSOY)

2017 Tähtivaeltaja Award

Helsinki Science Fiction Society announced in May the winner of the Tähtivaeltaja Award for best science fiction book published in Finland last year.

The winning book is:

  • Zoo City – Eläinten valtakunta (Zoo City) by Lauren Beukes (published by Aula & co.)

The other nominees were:

  • Maailman lahjakkain tyttö (The Girl with All the Gifts) by M. R. Carey (Like)
  • Näkymättömät planeetat (Invisible Planets: Collected Fiction) by Hannu Rajaniemi (Gummerus)
  • Poseidonin lapset (Poseidon’s Wake) by Alastair Reynolds (Like)
  • Sotapuiston perikato (CivilWarLand in Bad Decline) by George Saunders (Siltala)

The award jury consisted of journalist Hannu Blommila, editor Toni Jerrman, critic Elli Leppä, and critic Antti Oikarinen.

Last year’s winner was Margaret Atwood’s novel New Country.