Signal Boost: Finnish Science Fiction/Fantasy

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Diversity is something often on my mind. I’ve been thrilled to see translated Science Fiction becoming available in bookstores recently. It’s easy to forget that we — the white, english speakers of the world — aren’t the only ones with fantastic imaginations.

My Clarion instructors Jeff and Ann VanderMeer have an almost encyclopedia-like knowledge of foreign fiction. They recently spent some time in Finland, meeting with many of the Finnish SF/F community.

Finnish Science Fiction and Fantasy: Johanna Sinisalo, Hannu Rajaniemi, and Moomins

Finnish SF and Fantasy: An Established Community, a Surge of Talent

Finnish Weird–and Finnish SF/F Links Round-Up

It grows ever obvious that we are becoming a global community. I sincerely hope that we see more and more international fiction translated for a wider audience (that, or the discovery of the babel fish) so that everyone can enjoy these talented authors.

Posted on 14 May 2011 #signal boost