MP

by wjw on August 19, 2017

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So here I am at Worldcon, signing a book for Finnish MP Jyrki Kasvi, who reads SF, can speak Klingon, wears a cowboy hat, and presented the Best Novel Hugo.

Honestly, why can’t we get legislators like this?

The photo is by my hard-working minder, Pekka Rantasaari.

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Stand By for Greatness

by wjw on August 15, 2017

So while I was in Finland, Orbit reverted the rights to all three of the Dagmar Shaw books.

I’ll try to make those available as soon as I can.  I can hardly do a worse job of promoting them than the original publisher.

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Native Speaker

by wjw on August 11, 2017

I am interviewed in Aamulehti, the second-largest newspaper in Finland.

You will be amazed at how well I speak Finnish.

 

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At the Worldcon

by wjw on August 9, 2017

WorldCon75, MaailmanCon, tieteis- ja fantasiakirjallisuustapaaminen, sci-fi, fantasia, kirjallisuus, Ursa-majuri

 

I am at the 75th Worldcon, and it is perfectly glorious.

Also, the headline says I’m a “sci-fi great.”  I won’t disagree.

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Founder

by wjw on August 7, 2017

bernadotteWalking around Stockholm, I saw this statue, which I believe is that of Jean-Charles Bernadotte, the Gascon sergeant who rose to the rank of general during the French Revolution, and who then married Napoleon’s old girlfriend Desiree and went on to become King Karl XIV Johan of Sweden, founder of the present line of Swedish kings.

He is the only monarch known to have borne a “Death to Kings” tattoo.

I also noticed the statue is being crated up, as if it’s being shuttled out of sight somewhere.

If the Swedes have grown tired of the Bernadottes, want to shift them offstage, and need a new head of state, I am pleased to offer myself.  I have no embarrassing tattoos, though I will adopt a slightly older style.

meviking

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Me, On Finnish Radio

August 5, 2017

I am interviewed on a Swedish-language station on Finnish state radio!  The analysis is in Swedish, but I’m speaking English.  (No surprise there.) Just hit the Avsnitt for 5.8.2017.  I think. And here’s a transcript of the interview, entirely in Swedish for those of you who want to puzzle it out.

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Gustaf Slept Here

August 4, 2017

We are in lovely Stockholm.  This involved 13 miserable hours on a ferry from Turku, though the misery was mitigated by glorious views of first the Finnish, and then the Swedish, archipelago.  By the end I didn’t care about the archipelago, I just wanted to get off the damn boat. Stockholm’s series of islands is […]

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Archipalego

August 1, 2017

So a military attaché, a philosopher, and a couple writers went out on a boat . . . Sounds like the beginning of a joke, and maybe it was, but I assure you it actually happened. Friend of the blog Marcus Prest (author of Android, etc.) has been playing host to us in Turku for the […]

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Lakeland

July 27, 2017

This week we’ve been looked after by my Finnish friend Kari Salo, who I’ve known since he came to stay with my family when we were both fifteen. Kari and his lovely wife Anneli invited us to her lakeside summer cottage, where we enjoyed kicking back with a beer and a sauna after our busy […]

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No niin

July 24, 2017

For those of you planning on coming to the Helsinki Worldcon, or otherwise visiting Finland, here’s Ismo to tell you the single most important Finnish word.

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