Emmi Itäranta shortlisted for the Tähtivaeltaja Award

We are thrilled to announce that Emmi Itäranta has been nominated for the Tähtivaeltaja Award 2013 for her debut work, Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja, Teos 2012). The Helsinki Science Fiction Association yearly elects the most outstanding science fiction book published in Finland.

The other nominees for the Tähtivaeltaja Award 2013 are: Iain M. Banks: Pintakuvio (Surface Detail); Ernest Cline: Ready Player One; Alastair Reynolds: Muistoissa sininen maa (Blue Remembered Earth); and Gene Wolfe: Kiduttajan varjo (The Shadow of the Torturer).

Earlier winners of the Tähtivaeltaja Award include authors such as Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, J.G. Ballard’s Super-Cannes, Iain M. Banks’ The Player of Games and Brian Aldiss’ Helliconia Trilogy. This Award is well established and has been given to those outstanding science fiction books since 1986.

Emmi Itäranta’s debut novel has been sold to six languages already, including World English (HarperVoyager), Estonian (Koolibri), Czech (Plus Publishers), German (Reihe Hanser), Italian (Edizioni Piemme) and Turkish (Dogan Egmont).

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Emmi Itäranta


Emmi Itäranta (b.1976) holds two MA degrees, one in Drama and another in Creative Writing. Her award-winning debut novel Memory of Water (Teemestarin kirja) was published in Finland in 2012 to great accolades, followed by The Weaver (Kudottujen Kujien Kaupunki) in 2015. Itäranta’s writing has been compared to that of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Her honours include the Young Aleksis Kivi Prize 2013, the Kalevi Jäntti Literary Prize 2012 and first place in the Teos Fantasy and Sci-Fi Literary Contest 2011.

Memory of Water has also been nominated for the Philip K. Dick Award, the Arthur C. Clarke Award recognizing the best science fiction novel published in the UK in 2014, and the Golden Tentacle award. In addition, Itäranta has been included on the Honor List of the James Tiptree, Jr. Award.

Rights to Memory of Water have been sold in 21 languages to date.

Itäranta’s cv is an eclectic mix of writing-related activities, including stints as a columnist, theatre critic, press officer and dramaturge. Her poems, short stories, articles and essays have appeared in anthologies, film magazines and science fiction magazines in the UK and Finland. She lives in Canterbury, in the United Kingdom.

Bibliography


Emmi Itäranta

The Weaver

2015, Fantasy & S/F


Emmi Itäranta

Memory of Water

2012, Fantasy & S/F

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