Welcome

Finland’s largest science fiction and fantasy literature event Finncon takes place in Jyväskylä on July 5-7, 2019. Joining us, there will be authors, readers, fans and critics from all around the world.

Finncon is free and open for everyone. Welcome aboard!

The main con venue is L Building (Liikunta) which is situated in the Seminaarinmäki Campus of the University of Jyväskylä (street address: Keskussairaalantie 4). Some programming also takes place in Opinkivi building across the yard.

Programme and L Building Opening Hours

Guests of Honour

Our Guests of Honour are translator Kersti Juva, professor Raine Koskimaa, critic Cheryl Morgan and author Charles Stross.

Kersti Juva is an award-winning translator renowned especially for translating a number of works by J.R.R. Tolkien into Finnish. In addition to The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Silmarillion, The Hobbit and others, she has translated classics of English literature such as Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne, Winnie the Pooh novels by A. A. Milne and Watership Down by Richard Adams.

(Photo: Markku Heikkilä)

Raine Koskimaa is the professor of Contemporary Culture Studies in the University of Jyväskylä. He researches digital literature, video games and related topics.

(Photo: Petteri Kivimäki)

Cheryl Morgan is a Welsh science fiction critic, publisher and a regular visitor of cons around the world, especially in Finland. Emerald City, a magazine edited by Morgan, won the prestigious Hugo Award in 2004, and she has since been also awarded a personal Hugo for Best Fan Writer.

(Photo: Lou Abercrombie)

Charles Stross is a British author known for science fiction space opera as well as Lovecraftian horror. His longest-running book series include The Laundry Files and The Merchant Princes, and Stross has also won several awards for his short fiction — some of which you can freely read online.

Sponsors of the Con

We thank our sponsors The Finnish Cultural Foundation, Arts Promotion Centre Finland, Maa ja Ilma ry, Otavan Kirjasäätiö and WSOY:n kirjallisuussäätiö for their financial support.

Jyväskylän Science Fiction seura 42, Jyväskylän Kesä, University of Jyväskylä, The Student Union of the University of Jyväskylä, Hotel Alba, Summer Hotel Rentukka, Semma Oy and Café Syke, Fantasiapelit, Restaurant Sohwi ja restaurant Musta kynnys have offered us invaluable help and support.