Johanna Sinisalo’s The Core of the Sun wins Prometheus Award for Best Novel

The Libertarian Futurist Society has chosen The Core of the Sun, by Johanna Sinisalo, as the 2017 winner in the Best Novel category of the 37th annual Prometheus Awards. Previous winners include names such as Kurt Vonnegut, Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross.

The awards will be presented during WorldCon75, the 75th annual World Science Fiction Convention Aug. 9-13, 2017 in Helsinki, Finland, where Johanna Sinisalo is a Guest of Honor.

In the novel, the Eusistocratic Republic of Finland has prioritized social stability and national health, and outlawed practically everything that might give one pleasure or cause addiction: except the distribution of sex. To achieve this, the state has bred a new subspecies of women who are receptive, submissive and always willing.

“Written with wit and grace, […] the novel maintains an impressive grasp on plot and suspense, easily luring the reader into taking its characters, politics, and striking story to heart.” – Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

At the moment Sinisalo is finalizing the manuscript of Renate’s Story, a novel based her original story for the screenplay of the hit movie Iron Sky: sharp political satire that tackles the timely topics of indoctrination of the masses, the hunger for power – and, of course, the endless folly of mankind. The novel will be published in German and Finnish simultaneously with the premiere of the sequel, Iron Sky: The Coming Race, to be released at Berlin Film Festival in February 2018. Rights have also sold in France.

Click here to request reading materials for The Core of the Sun or Renate’s Story!

Publishers of The Core of the Sun:
CZECH, Euromedia
FRANCE, Actes Sud
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
LATVIA, Petergailis
WORLD ENGLISH, Grove Atlantic

Publishers of Renate’s Story:
GERMANY, Klett-Cotta
FINLAND, WSOY/Johnny Kniga
FRANCE, Actes Sud

Johanna Sinisalo

Johanna Sinisalo (b. 1958) is one of Finland’s most successful and internationally acclaimed authors. Praised by readers and critics alike, she has won several literary prizes, among them the Finlandia Prize in 2000 and the James Tiptree, Jr. Award in 2004. Johanna Sinisalo has been nominated for the Prix Escapades 2012, the Tähtivaeltaja (“Star Traveller”) award in 2014 and the Nebula Award in 2008. Her works have been translated into 19 languages.


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The Core of the Sun

2013, Fantasy & S/F

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The Blood of Angels

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Not Before Sundown

2000, Fantasy & S/F

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Hidden Powers

2010, Fantasy & S/F

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The Land of Mobius

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The Glass-Eye

2006, Fantasy & S/F

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The Handless Kings and Other Disturbing Tales

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Renate’s Story

2018, Fantasy & S/F

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Strangers Inside

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