English to Finnish literary translator

My career as a literary translator took an early start with a few Redeye comic books during my early teens, although my career as a professional literary translator didn’t commence until the late nineties, when I was hired to translate Christopher Sandford’s biography Kurt Cobain. Since then, I have translated about fifty books, most of them for major Finnish publishers, and several short stories for magazines.

As an active amateur musician and recordist, I have translated several musical biographies and other music related books. Being a sf author myself, I have likewise translated many great science fiction/fantasy books. My other areas of expertise are astronomy and astrophysics, maritime history and cultural matters. The portfolio also includes several mainstream literary titles.

 

Translations, fiction

 

Ernest Cline: Armada (Armada) – Gummerus 2018

Zen Cho: ”七星鼓 – Seitsemän tähden rumpu” (”七星鼓 – Seven Star Drum”) – a short story, Tähtivaeltaja 3/2016

Sarah Lotz: Neljäs päivä (Day Four) – Karisto 2015

Rjurik Davidson: ”Domine” – a short story, Tähtivaeltaja 2/2015

Sarah Lotz: Kolme (The Three) – Karisto 2014

Peter Watts: Sokeanäkö (Blindsight) – Gummerus 2013
Tähtivaeltaja Prize 2014

Ernest Cline: Ready Player One. Romaani. (Ready Player One) – Gummerus 2012

Liz Williams: ”La Malcontenta” – a short story, Tähtivaeltaja 2/2012

Steph Swainston: Uusi maailma (The Modern World) – Like 2012
Tähtifantasia Prize 2013

Tom Crosshill: ”Hei äiti, täällä me, poikasi Ženja” (Mama, We are Zhenya, Your Son) – a short story, Tähtivaeltaja 4/2011

China Miéville: Toiset (The City and The City) – Karisto 2011

Jonathan Tropper: Seitsemän sietämättömän pitkää päivää (This Is Where I Leave You) – Karisto 2011

Giles Milton: Postia paratiisista (According to Arnold) – Karisto 2011

Mike Resnick: ”Katastrofi-Parkkonen ja vihoviimeinen kiitoshymni” (Catastrophe Parker and a Canticle for Leibowitz) – a short story, Tähtivaeltaja 4/2010

Nick Hornby: Juliet riisuttuna (Juliet, Naked) – WSOY 2011

Philip K. Dick: Tohtori Veriraha (Dr. Bloodmoney) – Like 2010

Jonathan Tropper: Kuinka lähestyä leskimiestä (How to Talk to a Widower) – Karisto 2009

Mark Crick: ”Viinikukko Gabriel García Márquezin tapaan”, ”Sienirisotto John Steinbeckin tapaan” – two food related short stories in collection Kafkan kanssa keittiössä (Kafka's Soup), Kirjava 2009

Sean Stewart & Jordan Weissman: Cathyn avain (Cathy's Key) – Karisto 2009

Ursula K. LeGuin: ”Lusikat”, ”Havaintoja”, ”Viisas nainen” (”Spoons in the Basement”, ”Findings”, ”The Wise Woman”) – three short stories, Kirjailija, December 2008

Brian Francis Slattery: Avaruusblues (Spaceman Blues) – Karisto 2008

Sean Stewart & Jordan Weissman: Cathyn kirja (Cathy's Book) – Karisto 2008

Christopher Priest: ”Hänen jälkensä” (The Trace of Him) – a short story, Tähtivaeltaja 1/2008

Christopher Priest: ”Huorat” (Whores) – a short story, Tähtivaeltaja 3/2007

Sean Stewart: Matkijalintu (Mockingbird) – Karisto 2007

Alastair Reynolds: ”Zimansininen” (Zima Blue) – a short story, Tähtivaeltaja 1/2007

Kenzo Kitakata: Tokion tuhkaa (Do no kanashimi - from Emi Shimokawa’s English translation Ashes) – Karisto 2006

Sean Stewart: Kehä (Perfect Circle) – Karisto 2005

Philip K. Dick: Alfan kuun klaanit (Clans of the Alphane Moon) – Like 2005

Philip K. Dick: Jumalan pojan paluu (The Divine Invasion) – Like 2004

Chuck Palahniuk: Tukehtuminen (Choke) – Like 2003

Philip K. Dick: Ruukunkorjaaja (The Galactic Pot-Healer) – Like 2003

Philip K. Dick: Varro vain viime vuotta (Now Wait for the Last Year) – Like 2001

Philip K. Dick: Simulantit (The Simulacra) – Like 1999

Philip K. Dick: Rakennamme sinut (We Can Build You) – Like 1998

Philip K. Dick: Timothy Archerin sielunvaellus (The Transmigration of Timothy Archer) – Like 1997

Philip K. Dick: Haudasta kohtuun (Counter-Clock World) – Like 1997

Philip K. Dick: On aika sijoiltaan (Time Out Of Joint) – Like 1996

 

Translations – non-Fiction

 

Neil deGrasse Tyson: Tähtitiedettä kiireisille (Astrophysics for People in a Hurry) – Aula & Co. 2018

Russ Thorne: Emojit (Emojipedia) – Karisto 2017

Peter Culshaw: Manu Chao – Maailman kiertäjä (Clandestino – In Search of Manu Chao) – Into 2015

Paul Stenning: Rage Against The Machine – Taistelu lavalla (Rage Against The Machine – Stage Fighters) – Into 2013

Mark Spitz: David Bowie (Bowie, a Biography) – Otava 2010

Philip Norman: John Lennon (John Lennon) – WSOY 2008

Eric Clapton: Eric Clapton (Clapton - The Autobiography) – Otava 2008

Everett True: Nirvana – tositarina (Nirvana – The True Story) – Johnny Kniga 2007

Nick Johnstone: Patti Smith – rock n roll nigger (Patti Smith – A Biography) – Johnny Kniga 2007

Richard Chapman: Kitara (Guitar) – WSOY 2007

Joe Ambrose: Iggy Pop – Raakaa voimaa (Gimme Danger: The Story of Iggy Pop) – Johnny Kniga 2006

Nicholas Schaffner: Pink Floydin Odysseia (Saucerful of Secrets – The Pink Floyd Odyssey) – Johnny Kniga 2006

Dave Thompson: Red Hot Chili Peppers – Elämäkerta (Red Hot Chili Peppers: By the Way – The Biography) – Johnny Kniga 2005

Jerry Hopkins & Danny Sugerman: Jim (No One Gets Here Out Alive) – Johnny Kniga 2005
(Only Prologue and Epilogue: the rest of the book translated by Jorma-Veikko Sappinen)

Bill Mason & Lee Gruenfeld: Jalokivivarkaan tunnustukset (Confessions of a Master Jewel Thief) – Nemo 2004

Fred Adams: Elämää multiversumissa (Our Living Multiverse: A Book of Genesis in 0+7 Chapters) – Like 2004

Fred Adams ja Greg Laughlin: Maailmankaikkeuden elämäkerta – ikuisuuden fysiikkaa (The Five Ages of the Universe: Inside the Physics of Eternity) – Like 2002

Ian Carr: Miles Davis (Miles Davis - The Definitive Biography) – Like 2002 (with Jukka Jääskeläinen)

Christopher Sandford: Sting - Elämäkerta (Sting - Demolition Man) – Like 2001

Peter Guralnick: Robert Johnson - blueslegendan jäljillä (Searching for Robert Johnson) – Like 2001

Peter Guralnick: Elvis – Graceland (Careless Love – The Unmaking of Elvis Presley) – Like 2000

Jonny King: Mitä jazz on (What Jazz Is) – Like 2000

Vladimir Simosko et al: Eric Dolphy - Musiikillinen elämäkerta ja diskografia (Eric Dolphy: A Musical Biography and Discography) – Like 1997

Peter Guralnick: Nuori Elvis -- Viimeinen juna Memphisiin (Last Train to Memphis – The Rise of Elvis Presley) – Like 1997

Christopher Sandford: Kurt Cobain – Like 1996

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