SFT from the Nordic Countries

Speculative fiction in English translation from the Nordic countries has been available as far back as the turn of the twentieth century. Since the beginning of the twenty-first, though, we’ve gotten a lot more, especially horror from Sweden and  fantasy from Finland.

During the month of June, I’ll be spotlighting this little-known (in the Anglosphere) but important and often brilliant speculative fiction. Several stories listed here are available for free online.

If YOU would like to write something about Nordic SFT (essay, review, etc.), send me an email. Thanks!

Also, check out these great Nordic SFT resources on the web:

Danish Arts Foundation

Books from Finland

Finnish Weird

The Finnish-English Literary Translation Cooperative

Icelandic Literature Center

Nordic Voices in Translation

Swedish Book Review

 

DANISH

Novels/Anthologies

tr. 1922-24

tr. 1958

tr. 1964

tr. 1969

tr. 1971

tr. 1971

tr. 1982

tr. 1987

tr. 1992

tr. 1995

tr. 2008

tr. 2010

tr. 2010

tr. 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand-alone stories

Bergsøe, Vilhelm. “Flying Fish (Prometheus),” translated by Dwight R. Decker (Steampunk II: Steampunk Reloaded, 2010).

—-.  “The Amputated Arms,” translated by Julian Hawthorne (The Short Story Project, 2018).

Kruuse, Merete. “Mikey Turns Three,” translated by Joe F. Randolph (Terra SF II, 1983).

Madsen, Svend Ǻge. “The Good Ring,” translated by Carl Malmberg (View from Another Shore: European Science Fiction, 1974).

—-. “Mnemosyne’s Children,” translated by Johan Heje (The Road to Science Fiction 6, 1998).

Neutzsky-Wulff, Erwin. “Aruna,” translated by Joe F. Randolph (Terra SF: The Year’s Best European SF, 1981).

Nielsen, Niels E. “Planet for Sale,” translated by Sam Lundwall (The Best from the Rest of the World, 1976).

Ribbeck, Bernhard. “A Blue and Cloudless Sky,” translated by Niels Dalgaard (The SFWA European Hall of Fame, 2007).

Weitze, Charlotte. “The Aquanauts,” translated by Klaus Æ. Mogensen (Creatures of Glass and Light, 2007).

 

 

FINNISH

Novels/Anthologies

tr. 1995

tr. 2003

tr. 2004

tr. 2006

tr. 2011

tr. 2013

tr. 2013

tr. 2013

tr. 2013

tr. 2013

tr. 2014

tr. 2014

tr. 2015

tr. 2015

tr. 2015

tr. 2016

tr. 2016

tr. 2017

tr. 2017

tr. 2018

tr. 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

tr. 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand-alone stories

Hai, Magdalena. “Fairyland,” translated by J. Robert Tupasela (Finnish Weird #4, 2017)

Hyvönen, Viivi. Excerpt from The Monkey and the New Moon, translated by the author (Finnish Weird #4, 2017).

Jääskeläinen, Pasi Ilmari. “Where the Trains Turn,” translated by Liisa Rantalaiho (Tor.com, November 2014).

Kauppila, Suvi. “Wither and Blossom,” translated by the author (Samovar Magazine, 2017).

—-. “Children of the Endless Sea,” translated by the author (Samovar Magazine, 2018).

Kontro, Inkeri. “The Dying Embers,” translated by the author (Strange Horizons, 2014).

Krohn, Leena. “Eyelids That Spatter Blood” (excerpt from Gold of Ophir), translated by Hildi Hawkins (Weird Fiction Review, 2015).

—-. “The Trepanist” (excerpt from Datura), translated by Anna Volmari and J. Robert Tupasela (Weird Fiction Review, 2015).

—-. “The Bystander” (excerpt from Tainaron), translated by Hilda Hawkins (Weird Fiction Review, 2015).

—-. “Gorgonoids” (excerpt from Mathematical Creatures or Shared Dreams), translated by Hildi Hawkins (Leena Krohn: Collected Fiction, 2015 / Lightspeed, 2016 / The Big Book of Science Fiction, 2016).

—-. “In the Quiet of the Gardens,” translated by Eva Buchwald (Other Aliens, 2016).

—-. “The Light in the Guest Room,” translated by Eva Buchwald (Other Aliens, 2016).

—-. “The Night of the Normal Distribution Curve,” translated by Anna Volmari and J. Robert Tupasela (ODD?, 2011).

Meresmaa, J. S. “Forever, As Always,” translated by J. Robert Tupasela (Finnish Weird #4, 2017).

Niemelä, Marketta. “Wagtail,” translated by Liisa Rantalaiho (Usva International, 2010).

Raevaara, Tiina. “My Creator, My Creation,” translated by Hildi Hawkins & Soila Lehtonen (Books from Finland, 2010)

Rajaniemi, Hannu. “Elegy for a Young Elk,” translated by the author (Subterranean Online, Spring 2010).

Rekunen, Veikko. “The Biological Truth,” translated by ? (Terra SF II, 1983).

Saario, Mari. “The Light Ones,” translated by Liisa Rantalaiho (Creatures of Glass and Light, 2007).

Sinisalo, Johanna. “Transit” by Johanna Sinisalo (The Dedalus Book of Finnish Fantasy, 2006).

—-. “Baby Doll,” translated by David Hackston (The SFWA European Hall of Fame, 2007).

—-. “Bear’s Bride,” translated by Liisa Rantalaiho (The Beastly Bride: Tales of the Animal People, eds. Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling, Viking, 1991).

—-. “The Hunter King,” translated by David Hackston (Books from Finland, 2012).

—-. “The Kings with No Hands,” translated by J. Robert Tupasela (Finnish Weird 3, 2016 / Year’s Best Weird Fiction: Volume Four, 2017).

—-. “Voiceless Voices” by Johanna Sinisalo, tr Lola Rogers (Giants at the End of the World, 2017).

Vainonen, Jyrki. “The Pearl,” translated by Hildi Hawkins (Books from Finland, 1999).

—-. “The Garden,” translated by Lola Rogers (Words Without Borders, 2010 / It Came From the North: An Anthology of Finnish Speculative Fiction, 2013).

 

ICELANDIC

tr. 2012

tr. 2012

tr. 2012

tr. 2015

tr. 2016

tr. 2018

tr. 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NORWEGIAN

Novels

tr. 1893

tr. 1930

tr. 1985

tr. 1993

tr. 1994

tr. 2017

tr. 2017

tr. 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand-alone stories

Bing, Jon. “The Owl of Bear Island,” translated by ? (Tales From the Planet Earth, 1986).

—-. “A Meeting in Georgestown,” translated by ? (The Penguin World Omnibus of Science Fiction, 1986).

—-. “A Whiter Shade of Pale,” translated by ? (The Best From the Rest of the World, 1976).

Bringsvaerd, Tor Åge. “Codemus,” translated by Steven T. Murray (The Best From the Rest of the World, 1976).

—-. “The Man Who Collected the First of September 1973,” translated by ? (Best SF 1973, 1974).

—-. “Gobi, Childhood Moon” (excerpt), translated by James Manis (On Spec, 1989).

Grue, Jan. “The Minotaur,” translated by Becky L. Crook (Asymptote, 2014).

Knudtsen Jr., Ingar. “Turnabout,” translated by Joe F. Randolph (Terra SF, 1981).

Myhre, Øyvind. “John Henry,” translated by Grethe Bøe-Hansen (Terra SF II, 1983).

Øyehaug, Gunnhild. “Same Time, Another Planet,” translated by Lydia Davis (The Paris Review, 2015).

—-. “Light,” translated by Kerri Pierce (Words Without Borders, 2017).

—-. Excerpt from Knots, translated by Kari Dickson (FSG, 2017).

 

 

SWEDISH

Novels/Collections

tr. 1966

tr. 1968

tr. 1971

tr. 1973

tr. 1975

tr. 1984

tr. 2007

tr. 2007

tr. 2009

tr. 2009

tr. 2010

tr. 2011

tr. 2012

tr. 2013

tr. 2014

tr. 2015

tr. 2017

tr. 2017

tr. 2018

tr. 2018

tr. 2019

tr. 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

tr. 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stand-alone stories/excerpts

Edenborg, Carl-Michael. Excerpt from The Alchemist’s Daughter, translated by Fiona Graham (Swedish Book Review, 2017).

Engholm, Ahrvid. “Clues,” translated by Bertil Falk (Creatures of Glass and Light, 2007).

Haskins, Maria. “Lost and Found,” translated by the author (StarShipSofa, 2017).

Mårtensson, Bertil. “The Fifth Time Out,” translated by ? (Terra SF: The Year’s Best European SF, 1981).

Taivassalo, Hannele Mikaela. Excerpt from Oh, Come and Look at This, translated by Sarah Death (Swedish Book Review, 2011).

Tidbeck, Karin. “Brita’s Holiday Village,” translated by the author (World SF Blog, 2012 / Apex Book of World SF 3, 2014).

—-. “Augusta Prima,” translated by the author (Lightspeed, 2013).

—-. “Mine-Wife,” translated by Silvester Mazzarella (Words Without Borders, 2015).

 

Reviews of untranslated novels

Stig Olsson reviews Jerker Virdborg’s Svart krabba (Black Crab)

Sarah Death reviews Jerker Virdborg’s Kall feber (Cold Fever)

Sarah Death reviews Jerker Virdborg’s Skyddsrummet Luxgatan (The Lux Street Bunker)

 

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