Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Vandercon ante portas!

VanderMeers are coming back to Helsinki! Thus begins the Gretater Metropolitan part of the frabjous Vandercon: today Helsinki, tomorrow Espoo and on Saturday: Tähtivaeltaja Day!

The Uses of Fantasy: Imaginative Play and Real-World Relevance
14th April, 16.15
Metsätalo sali 9 (Unioninkatu 40 B)

Join Hugo Award winner Ann VanderMeer and World Fantasy Award winner Jeff VanderMeer for a far-ranging lecture, both serious and seriously amusing, on the uses of fantasy, including the interconnection between the fantastical and the real. What happens when fantasy enters *our* world, and how does it transform our world? Why is the fantastical a necessary, even vital, way of trying to understand, and enter into dialog with, terrible events in the modern era of failed cities and failing governments? We will also discuss the issues of cross-genre writing, and the importance of rejecting boundaries or artificial walls between modes of fiction.

Ann VanderMeer is the editor of the magazine Weird Tales, and the founder of Buzzcity Press. Jeff VanderMeer s fiction includes several surreal/magic realist novels and story collections, including City of Saints & Madmen (2001) and Finch (2009). His nonfiction includes Booklife: Strategies and Survival Tips for the 21st-Century Writer (2009). Together they have edited the collection New Weird (2008), Best American Fantasy anthologies (2007, 2008) and Steampunk (2008).

For more information, please contact merja.polvinen (at)

This event is organised in cooperation with Tähtivaeltajapäivä and Escon, and it is made possible with the funding of Suomen käännöskirjallisuuden keskus (FILI) and various Finnish science fiction societies.

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