I sometimes approach it across water, but more often through air, like a bird, with a great wind under my wings. The shores rise rain-coloured on the horizon of sleep, and in their quiet circle the buildings: the houses grown along the canals, the workshops of inkmasters, the low-ceilinged taverns. The House of Words looks inward behind its high walls. Threads knotted into mazes run in all directions from the House of Webs, and air gondolas are suspended on their cables, dead weights above the streets.
At the centre of the island stands the Tower, smooth and blind. A sun of stone glows grey light at the pinnacle, spreading its sharp ray-fingers. Fires like fish-scales flicker in the windows. Sea is all around, and the air will carry me no longer.
Osuuskumma Publishing, the co-op publishing house focused on Finnish Weird, is releasing an anthology of Finnish sci-fi and fantasy short stories, all published in English for the first time. The anthology was compiled by Emmi, and it will be published at Worldcon, in August 2017.
A preview of the cover can be seen at the Osuuskumma Facebook page.
The US version of Emmi’s second novel is set to be released on November 1st. In anticipation Tor.com has published an excerpt from the very beginning of the book, and Harper Voyager has opened up a competition for interested US residents to win a copy of the book, plus a hand-made set of coral jewellery. Go read, and good luck!
Memory of Water has been selected as this semester’s Common Read for the Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, US. On the upcoming Wednesday 19th April at 4:00PM Emmi will be visiting the university and giving a talk about the research and science behind the novel.
On March 23rd & 24th the Jean Monnet seminar The future of Europe: a commitment for You(th) will be held in Rome. Emmi has been invited to give a speech for the working group discussing how to reach the hard-to-reach. Her turn on the stage is on Thursday, between 16.45 and 17.45 Central European Time.