One central theme in Finncon X will be science fiction and fantasy as a
hobby. Activities such as amateur writing, collecting, amateur films, and
fan fiction will be investigated, as well as present-day challenges on SF
fan activity, and SF as a way of life. The different phenomena of fan
culture, such as Star Trek, Star Wars, Tolkien, and The Rocky Horror
Picture Show, will also be under scrutiny.
In honour of the tenth Finncon, there will be a special history panel
on the Finnish SF con, and a discussion on Finns' all-time participation
in international SF events. As Glasgow's Worldcon of 2005 draws near, this huge
international meeting of SF enthusiasts will have an introduction of its
The scientific perspective will be represented by lectures on space
research. Participating experts include Esko Valtaoja, winner of the
Tieto-Finlandia prize for non-fiction, and Sini Merikallio, who took part
in NASA's Mars simulation.
Programme by the guests of honour include talks, question hours,
autograph occasions and author's readings. The so called Kaffee-Klatsch meetings provide a chance
to meet a favourite guest of honour over a cup of coffee.
Japanese anime will again appear as
its own theme with presentations, panel discussions, video shows and an
art exhibition. There'll also be a special anime masquerade or
cosplay on Saturday.
As part of Finncon's Baltcon-related programme, the short story
competition Baltastica 2003 will be organised
for the residents of the Baltic Sea countries. The language of the
competition is English. On Saturday, last year's best Finnish science
fiction or fantasy short story will receive the traditional Atorox prize. The winner of this
year's NOVA short story competition
will also be announced during the weekend.
Finncon is free and open for everybody.
Regarding the programme, contact programme manager Mrs Kaisa Ykspetäjä:
email-deleted, +358 40 577 1983.
Latest update for this page: 11.4.2003.