Program tags Archives: Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is a Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer and a former copywriter who’s been a full-time writer since 1997. She started writing short stories for various Finnish science fiction fanzines in the 1980s, breaking through in 1985 with her first Atorox Award (for the best Finnish genre short story of the year). After six more Atorox Awards, she was the first Finnish science fiction writer to make a mainstream breakthrough by transgressing genre barriers.

Sinisalo was awarded the prestigious Finlandia Prize for literature in 2000 for her first novel, Ennen päivänlaskua ei voi (translated as Not before sundown in 2003 and again as Troll — A Love Story in 2004 for the American market). The novel has been translated into several languages. Troll was awarded the James Tiptree Jr. Award in 2004. She was also nominated for a Nebula Award in 2009 for her novelette “Baby Doll”.

In addition to editing The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy (2005), Sinisalo has written numerous screenplays for radio and television, as well as worked in movies (Iron Sky, 2012), and been very proactive in the Finnish SF/F scene. Her books have been translated into several languages, English, Swedish, Japanese, French, Latvian, Czech, German, and Polish among others. An avid hiker, Sinisalo’s latest English novel Birdbrain (2010) delves into hiking like Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Blood of Angels will be published in English in 2014, and the international English rights for Core of the Sun have also been sold.

Her novels have dealt with Kalevala and fame (Sankarit [Heroes], 2003 ), reality-TV (Lasilmä [Glass- eye], 2006), eco-disaster (Enkelten verta [Blood of Angels], 2011) and dystopic patriarchaic society, with gastronomical undertones (Auringon ydin [Core of the Sun], 2013). Sinisalo acknowledges Tove Jansson’s Moomins as the most influential books she read at an early age, with Ursula K. Le Guin and Margaret Atwood as some of her greatest literary heroes.

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

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