Europarama is a podcast series about science fiction and the future of Europe. In this second episode titled Baubotanik, Giuseppe Porcaro and Emmi Itäranta imagine a utopian future for Europe.
I still dream of the island.
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.
February 28th sees the release of Finská čítanka, an anthology of stories by Finnish authors, translated into Czech. The anthology has been edited by Jitka Hanušová, and it includes work from Katja Kettu, Johanna Sinisalo, Pasi Ilmari Jääskeläinen, Rosa Liksom, Tuomas Kyrö and Emmi Itäranta. Emmi’s contribution is Roads of Silver, Paths of Gold, a short story originally written for the Arthur C. Clarke Centenary anthology. You can buy the anthology here.
Climate Culture Conference 2019 is an event where artists, scholars, students and politicians come together to discuss culture and art in our society in the time of climate change. It will take place on June 12th at the Finlandsinstitutet in Stockholm, at Snickarbacken 4. Emmi will be one of the speakers and panelists in the first part of the conference titled Climate Culture, along with the artist duo Bigert & Bergström and professor Staffan Laestadius. The conference is open for public and free of charge. A lunch is also included. You can find the full program and more information here.
If you missed Emmi’s event at the Science Fiction Bokhandeln in Stockholm last month, you can listen to it on Souncloud. Emmi and Alva Markelius talk about dystopias, writing, future speculations, science fiction, and the novel Emmi is currently working on, amongst other things. The interview is in English.