A son of two literary minded journalists (a former young poetess and a later author of a dozen well received books), I gravitated towards books in an young age. Not just reading, but writing stories, too. In my early teens I practiced typing by writing historical adventures. Soon I became insterested in astronomy and science fiction. And music. Definitely music.
After studying physics, astronomy, mathematics, philosophy and cultural antropology in Helsinki University, after several (more or less dead end) jobs and stalled careers I became a professional literary translator.
I’ve always known, though, that one day I will write my own books and stories. It took a while, but the first novel called 391 was finally published in 2004, followed by Alshain in 2006, Nedut in 2007, Karsta in 2009, Muurahaispuu in 2012 and Alas in 2013, with more to come.
Using sf themes has been natural to me – a way of bending something out of today’s world into something... other. To me, science fiction tells, above all, about today – about fears, hopes, loves, hates.
Still, I have used and will use elements of other genres, too – fantasy, magical realism, historical fiction, ”realistic” fiction, detective stories, even nonfiction – whenever I see fit. That’s my song and I change chords whenever I want.
Literary influences: Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip K. Dick, Abilio Estévez, Tony Hillerman, Alessandro Baricco, Irja Sinivaara, Riku Korhonen, J. Michael Straczynski, Mika Waltari.
Other favourites: Stanislaw Lem, Gabriel García Márquez, Naiyer Masud, Raj Kamal Jha, Kurt Vonnegut, Karin Fossum, Mihail Bulgakov, China Miéville, J.R.R. Tolkien, Johanna Sinisalo, Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Mary Douglas, Howard Waldrop.
Some musical favourites: Habib Koité, Tinariwen, Ali Farka Touré and other singer/songwriters from Mali, Ismo Alanko, Dave Lindholm, Richard Thompson, John Hiatt, Peter Gabriel, The Clash, Patti Smith, The Neville Brothers, Mick Karn, Japan, Junoon, Daniel Lanois, Black Dub, Orishas, Asian Dub Foundation, Massive Attack, Bluesounds and many, many others.