Morning Yoga

Free yoga sessions outside the venue at 10 am on Saturday, courtesy of Daniel Flojt ( In case of bad weather, meet up at the Info Desk to gain access to an alternative venue.

Daniel Flojt

Suomalaista kauhukirjallisuutta

Suomalainen kauhukirjallisuus elää voimakasta nousukautta, ja suomalaiset kirjailijat ovat nousseet haastamaan suuret kansainväliset nimet. Mutta mitä suomalaisen kauhukirjallisuuden nousun taustalta löytyy? Kauhukirjailijat Nina Korento, Anne Leinonen ja Shimo Suntila keskustelevat aiheesta ja valottavat sitä myös oman tuotantonsa kautta. Keskustelua vetää kauhuharrastaja Matti Järvinen.

Anne Leinonen, Matti Järvinen, Nina Korento, Shimo Suntila

A Guided Tour of Mariehamn

Mia Åkerfelt, PhD in art history, specialized in the history of architecture, takes you on a guided walking tour of Mariehamn. She will present the history of the town through its architecture – especially the buildings by the first female masterbuilder Hilda Hongell. Sign up at the Archipelacon Info Desk! Sign up closes one hour before the tour. Maximum of 30 participants per tour.

Mia Åkerfelt

Greek Fandom

Bellis will introduce you to Greek fandom, a fandom that has invented itself without any contact with fandom in the rest of the world, and has been rather astoundingly active for more than 25 years.


Adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars

On writing Dark Fiction from the Gothic to New Weird and beyond. Pete Sutton has been told he writes Dark Fiction. In this brief talk he ponders the history, role and methods of the darker side of literature as well as asking why artists, writers and readers are drawn to the macabre and uncanny. Pete Sutton is a reviewer, editor, Festival Organiser, and writer ( .

Pete Sutton

Chocolate Tasting

Mmmm… chocolate. Need we say more? Join us for a sweet tasting as Mercedes from Mercedes Chocolaterie will offer a selection of her hand-made chocolates and pralines, including ones made with local ingredients. Sign up at the Info Desk to participate in the chocolatey goodness.Maximum of 30 people. Participation fee of 30 euros.Chocolates at the tasting will be nut, gluten and egg free.

Mercedes Chocolaterie

Reading: Emil Hjörvar Petersen

Saga eftirlifenda (e. After Ragnarök), a post-apocalyptic fantasy trilogy about the Norse gods that survived Ragnarök and their struggles, adventures, and voyages in a world they lost control of. Reading in English from the three books: Hödur & Baldur, Verge of Ruins, and Nidhögg.

Emil Hjörvar Petersen

Reading: Osuuskumma Drabbles & Annmari Dannebey & Maria Turtschaninoff

Authors from publishing co-op Osuuskumma will start by reading a few drabbles, followed by Annmari Dannebey reading from her upcoming novel Neverending forest and Maria Turtschaninoff reading from her novel Maresi. Neverending Forest is the first novel in a historical fantasy trilogy based in Normandy, France. Maresi is Maria Turtschaninoff’s fifth novel, and the first to be published in English. It’s high fantasy in a low-magic setting. The main character is a young girl, Maresi, who has fled famine and poverty to The Red Abbey, a haven for women and girls on a remote island. There the girls are given refuge and taught secret knowledge. But as the story begins, evil lands on the shores of the island.

Annmari Dannebey, Maria Turtschaninoff, Osuuskumma writers

Places and Their People

Chair: Jerry Määttä

Nicholas Wanberg
Concerning Races: Establishing Genre Conventions for the Portrayal of Intelligent Non-Humans in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium
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Billy O’Shea
The Journey North: The Significance of the Nordic Lands in English-Language Science Fiction and Fantasy
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Stefan Ekman
Read the Map, Know the World
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Billy O’Shea, Jerry Määttä, Nicholas Wanberg, Stefan Ekman

Burlesque Workshop

A sparkly performer and teacher of burlesque is running a burlesque workshop. No clothing will be removed other than, perhaps, a pair of gloves. Burlesque is more about posture and confidence and having a good time! This session is for self-identified women over the age of 16 only. Spaces are limited and advance sign-up is required at the Info Desk. Wear comfortable clothing suitable for light excercise. High heels and sparkly funky outfits are allowed but in no way necessary. Programme participants are asked to meet up at the Info Desk.   

Miss Disa Pear

That’s not how it was in the book!

Discussions about the differences and the reasons behind them between George R. R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire and its television adaptation, the HBO series Game of Thrones. Anna-Leena has studied the adaptation of A Song of Ice and Fire into Game of Thrones in her master’s thesis, and now continues to study the subject further in her PhD thesis. There will be spoilers!

Anna-Leena Harinen

The Map of Us / Fantasy Portraits

Participate in a workshop and collaborate in drawing a fantasy map. Add a small detail of your own or create as much as you want. While the map is being created you also have a chance of getting a quick sketch drawn of yourself as your favorite fantasy creature.

Pau Norontaus

What we talk about when we talk about “book blogging”

What compels a person to blog about their reading experiences, and what happens after they do? Do writers blog because they just can’t help themselves, or is blogging the necessary evil twin to the book they preferably would be working on? What’s the deal with the book bloggers community, and would/should writers want to join the conversation?

Anna Sellin, J. S. Meresmaa, Nahal Ghanbari, Nic Clarke, Thomas Årnfelt

Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy for Film

All three authors have participated in writing or adapting stories for the silver screen, in very different types of projects (Iron Sky, A.I. and Cirkeln). How do their experiences measure with each other? And how do you end up writing for a movie? Can the author get her or his voice heard, or will the movie making apparatus win in the end?

Ian Watson, Jessica Elgenstierna, Johanna Sinisalo, Sara Bergmark Elfgren

Fandom in Spain & Eurocon Presentation

Cristina Macía, co-organiser of the annual Celsius 233 SFF festival in Avilés, will talk about the culture of publicly funded free festivals in Spain, about regional “tertulias” (local fan group get-togethers), and about the Spanish national SF convention, Hispacon, with Ian Watson butting in, and both will engage in shameless propaganda for the first ever Spanish Eurocon to be held in Barcelona in November 2016.

Cristina Macia, Ian Watson

Identity and Agency in (Post-)Human Societies

Chair: Jari Käkelä

Juha Raipola
“You are not in a place; the place is in you”: Insects as Uncanny Agencies in Leena Krohn’s Tainaron
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Kaisa Kortekallio
The Adaptive Generation: Symbiotic Evolution and Communal Subjectivity in Greg Bear’s Darwin’s Children
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Olli Lönnberg
“ – – Nice round-up dog. Very affectionate. I keep his bark button switched off”: The Human and the Non-Human in The Stone Gods by Jeanette Winterson
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Jari Käkelä, Juha Raipola, Kaisa Kortekallio, Olli Lönnberg

The Disabled Heroes in Lois McMaster Bujold

Have you ever wondered why so many of Bujold’s heroes are disabled? Miles Vorkosigan, Cazaril, Dag, are all disabled in different ways, and that’s only counting the main male protagonists in her three series of novels.  Edward James, author of Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century and other books (including a new one on Bujold), tries to explain.

Edward James

Kirjoittajasta kirjailijaksi

Siintääkö haaveissa kirjailijanura? Miten päästä alkuun, kuinka luoda rutiinit kirjoittamiselle ja verkostot vertaistuelle? Mikä on ollut vaikeinta ja mikä palkitsevinta? Kuinka kehittyä kirjoittamisessaan? Keskustelemassa kolme kirjailijanuransa alkutaivalta taittavaa kirjoittajaa Nina Korento, O.E. Lönnberg ja Shimo Suntila. Keskustelua johtaa kokenut konkari Johanna Sinisalo.

Johanna Sinisalo, Nina Korento, Olli Lönnberg, Shimo Suntila

The Atomic Nucleus of Good and Evil

“The splitting of the atom” – does the phrase make you feel anything? Nuclear technology defined the 20th century. It gave us Spiderman, Dr. Strangelove, Project Orion, The China Syndrome, Fallout, and a job for Homer Simpson. And Our Friend the Atom, of course. We have feared the Bomb, but also hoped to harness the power of the atom. Through popular culture, we have participated in the struggle between the atomic nucleus that wants to help us and its evil twin aiming to wipe out civilization in an atomic winter. Is the battle over?

Anna Davour

Writing workshop: Creating Characters

What is a ‘good’ character? Where do characters come from? What is a character made of? Creating Characters will show you how to create rounded, memorable and interesting characters. Gaie Sebold is the author of Babylon Steel, Dangerous Gifts, and Shanghai Sparrow.She has published a number of short stories, three of which have received honourable mentions in Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror. She has also won awards for poetry.Her website is at    

Gaie Sebold

Astetta spefiaalimpaa bloggausta

Kirjablogeja on Suomessa jo muutamia satoja, ja joukkoon tietysti mahtuu muutama sellainenkin, jossa käsitellään satunnaisotantaa enemmän myös spekulatiivista fiktiota. Vaatiiko spefistä bloggaaminen genreen perehtyneisyyttä vai olisiko suorastaan parempi, jos bloggaaja on spefimetsään eksynyt ummikko? Millaisesta spefistä suomalaiset bloggaavat? Millaista spefiä kirjabloggaajat kaipaavat? Keskustelemassa Maria Carole Calendulasta, Taika Dahlbom Kirjasfääristä ja Hanna Matilainen Morren maailmasta.

Hanna Matilainen, Maria Carole, Taika Dahlbom

Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator

Artemis is a multiplayer, multi-computer networked game that simulates a spaceship bridge by networking several computers together. There are multiple workstations for players to man, like Helm, Communication, Engineering, and Weapon Control. While all players work together, the Captain, sitting in the middle, doesn’t have a workstation and tells everyone what to do. Come and try your hand at one of the various bridge officer jobs, or even at being the captain!

Cross-genre Fiction

There_s often a fine line between what is considered SF and fantasy, urban fantasy and horror, steampunk and post-apocalyptic. Some works fit into several genres. Some authors deliberately create hybrid-genre works in order to explore themes and concepts from different angles, for instance how magic would work in a high-tech future, or steam-engines in the wastelands. This panel will explore these explorations.

Anna Blixt, Emil Hjörvar Petersen, Magdalena Hai, Thomas Årnfelt

Sexy Times in Science Fiction and Fantasy

Even though SF, fantasy and horror deal with the unexpected and unknown, the descriptions of intimate relationships between characters sometimes seem stale. Where’s the imagination, where’s the weird? Or is that what we want at all? Do we prefer the traditional and well-known, and even the gratuitous sex scenes in our novels? Our panel of writers and readers of all things NSFW discusses their favorite and least-favorite examples of using sex in speculative fiction.

Gaie Sebold, Marianna Leikomaa, Nastia T

Yksi ulkosuomalainen, s’il vous plaît

Spefikirjailijoilla on taipumuksena levittäytyä myös vieraille planeetoille, esimerkiksi Ranskaan. Ranskansuomalaiset esikoiskirjailijat kertovat, kuinka selviytyä, kun suomen kieli uhkaa rapistua, ympärillä on muukalaisia ja turvallinen suomalainen fandom on kaukana. Kyljessä katsaus myös siihen, kuinka ulkosuomalaisuus vaikuttaa kirjailijaidentiteettiin ja mitä Ranskassa oikein tapahtuu scifi- ja fantasiakirjallisuuden puitteissa.

Annmari Dannebey, Maria Carole


Take the stage on your own or bring your friends. Costumes from SF and fantasy, from books to films to comics to games to original work, are all welcome. Both performance and costume will be scored by our panel of judges, with prizes awarded at the Archipelacon closing ceremony. If you need background music, deliver the file to the Info Desk in good quality mp3, wav or aif format, or on audio cd no later than Saturday at 15.00.

Cheryl Morgan, Jukka Särkijärvi

Travel in Science Fiction and Fantasy

A talk about inner and outer journeys of fantasy and science fiction, the strange new worlds explored, and the different roads to go there and back again. Patrik Centerwall is a Swedish fan and writer. He debuted in 2013, received the Alvar Prize in 2008, and has served as chair of, among others, the Tolkien Society of Göteborg.

Patrik Centerwall