Next year’s big event in the Nordic countries for everyone interested in science fiction and fantasy will be Archipelacon— a four-day celebration of the fantastic arts in Mariehamn, Åland, held on June 25–28, 2015.
Archipelacon will offer several programme tracks with presentations, panels and lectures on all aspects of science fiction and fantasy. The main language will be English, but there will be programme tracks also in Finnish and Swedish. The convention will also host the Finnish Network for SF and Fantasy Research’s annual academic conference. Archipelacon will be a meeting place for science fiction and fantasy fans from all over the world, an international convention with a Nordic flavour!
The first author to accept being a guest of honour is one of Europe’s most exciting new talents in the science fiction and fantasy field, praised by authors like Michael Swanwick, Ursula K. Le Guin, China Miéville and Karen Joy Fowler: Karin Tidbeck from Sweden! Her 2012 short story collection Jagannath won the Crawford Memorial Award in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Tiptree Award and World Fantasy Award.
Negotiations are ongoing with two more guests of honour. In addition, more authors and science fiction professionals, domestic and foreign, are expected to attend the convention.
Sinisalo is a Finnish writer who has won numerous Atorox awards for best Finnish SF short story of the year, the prestigious Finlandia Prize for best Finnish novel of the year, and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for her début novel Not Before Sundown (an award for SF or fantasy that expands or explores the understanding of gender). She has also edited books and written for comics, movies, and television. Her novels have been translated into many languages, including English, Swedish, German, and French.