Johanna Sinisalo

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Johanna Sinisalo in October 2008.

Aila Johanna Sinisalo (born 22 June 1958, Sodankylä) is a Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer.[1] She studied comparative literature and drama, amongst other subjects, at the University of Tampere. Professionally she worked in the advertising business, rising to the level of marketing designer.

An important figure in the Finnish science fiction scene in the late 1980s and early '90s (winning a rare back-to-back collection of Atorox Awards for short fiction in the genre), she was also the first Finnish science fiction writer to make a mainstream breakthrough by breaking genre barriers.

Sinisalo was awarded the 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).[2][3] The novel has been translated into several languages. An English translation of "Linnunaivot" was published in 2010 by Peter Owen Publishers under the title "Birdbrain" (translated by David Hackston). Not Before Sundown was awarded The James Tiptree Jr. award in 2004. Movie rights were acquired by Carter Smith in 2006. She was nominated for a Nebula Award in 2009 for Baby Doll.[4]

She is also the screenwriter of Energia Productions Iron Sky movie, a sci-fi comedy set in 2018.[5]

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short fiction[edit]

She has published over 40 short stories, most of them fantasy and science fiction in various in sci fi magazines, journals and women's magazines. Her work has also appeared in the following anthologies:

  • Vuosirengas 74 (1974)
    • short stories Kilometripylväät and Jäinen kaupunki
  • Jäinen vaeltaja (1986)
    • short stories Tarina kuolleesta metsästä and Sorsapuisto
  • Atoroxin perilliset (1988)
    • short stories Hanna, Yövesi and Suklaalaput
  • Ensimmäinen yhteys (1988)
    • short story Transit
  • Illan tähti yksinäinen (1991) edited by Raija Hämäläinen
    • short story Illan tähti yksinäinen
  • Kultainen naamio (1993)
    • short story Me vakuutamme sinut
  • Onnellinen kuolema (1996)
    • mini novel Tango merellä
  • Linnées boreales (2001)
    • short story (French) Le Transit
  • Kärlek på finska (2002)
    • short story (Swedish) Låset
  • Intohimosta rikokseen (2002)
    • short story Baby Doll
  • Utopiae 2005 (2005)
    • novelli (French) Baby Doll

Editor[edit]

  • Anthology Verkon silmässä (Tammi, 2005)
    • Selection of short stories about the internet from several writers.
  • The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy (Dedalus Books, 2005)
    • Anthology in English, a selection of Finnish speculative fiction from the 19th century to the present day, translated by David Hackston.

Television[edit]

Comics[edit]

  • Tiskivuoro in Uusi Nainen -magazine ', art by Hannu Mänttäri
  • Scripts for Moomin related comics for Semic and ToTo-tuotanto, several artists
  • Pikku eläinpuoti in *Oma Ystävä -magazine, art by Hannu Mänttäri
  • Kimppakämppä in Trendi -magazine, art by Johanna Rojola
  • Several science fiction and fantasy themed comics from the year 1982 onwards, several artists

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.tampere.fi/kirjasto/pirkanmaankirjailijat/sinisalo.htm
  2. ^ Burns, John (2004) "Troll, by Johanna Sinisalo, translated by Herbert Lomas", Straight.com, May 13, 2004, retrieved 2010-01-20
  3. ^ Lehmann, Chris (2004) "After He Was Out of the Woods ", Washington Post, May 18, 2004, retrieved 2010-01-20
  4. ^ Payne, Marshall (2009) "Johanna Sinisalo 2009 Interview", nebulaawards.com, retrieved 20 January 2010
  5. ^ Woerner, Meredith (2009) "Space Nazi Movie Finally Launches Into Production", i09.com, December 30, 2009, retrieved 2010-01-20

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