Fafnir 3/2015

Fafnir – Nordic Journal of Science Fiction and Fantasy Research 3/2015

Jyrki Korpua, Päivi Väätänen & Hanna-Riikka Roine:
Editorial 3/2015

Download this article as PDF

_____________________________________________

Jakob Löfgren:
“Thank you so much for keeping all of us in the Emporium gainfully employed” – The Relationship between Fan and Merchant in the Wincanton Hogswatch Celebration

Abstract: This paper examines relationship between fans and merchants in the Hogswatch celebration; a celebration of all things Discworld held in November in Wincanton, Somerset. Using socioeconomic theories on the different modes of exchange – gift economy (Gavin & Phipps) – the article explicates a relationship between fandom and dealers of intertextually linked products, resembles a gift economy system. This because the fans and merchants share an intertextual common sense, drawn upon in the celebration. Furthermore, the article aims to discuss the mutual benefits of the proposed fan/merchant relationship; showing a process of embedded economy (Cotterrell) and craft consumerism (Campbell). The article is part of my ongoing PhD-project at the department of Nordic folkloristics at ÅAU.

Keywords: fandom, folklore, fan-culture, socio-economics, gift-exchange, fandom-economy, intertext, Discworld, Terry Pratchett.

Download this article as PDF

Erik Stengler:
Beyond the Techno-thriller: Michael Crichton and Societal Issues in Science and Technology

Abstrakti: Michael Crichton is primarily known for being an outstanding writer of techno-thrillers and co-creator of the genre. In this paper I suggest that his fictional works can and should be considered under the deeper and wider perspective of his concern for societal issues regarding science and technology with a profound consideration of their effects and on the life of people and the development of society.
In fact this defining feature of his work is inclusive of numerous works by Michael Crichton that would not fit into the techno-thriller genre. It therefore seems a more appropriate way to characterize his work. This idea is further supported by the fact that most of the few works of his that do not fit into this perspective were written during a brief period of time in which Michael Crichton explored other genres, only to return to his humanistic approach to science and technology for the rest of his fiction-writing career.

Keywords: Michael Crichton, techno-thriller, science and society, technology and society.

Download this article as PDF

Juha Raipola:
Lectio praecursoria: Kirjallisuus inhimillisen rajoilla

Juha Raipola (FT) puolusti väitöskirjaansa Ihmisen rajoilla: Epävarma tulevaisuus ja ei-inhimilliset toimijuudet Leena Krohnin Pereat munduksessa Tampereen yliopistossa 30.5.2015. Tämä essee on editoitu versio väitöstä edeltäneestä lectio praecursoria -esitelmästä. Raipolan väitöskirja on luettavissa TamPub-julkaisuarkistossa, http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-44-9805-3.

Juha Raipola (PhD) defended his doctoral dissertation On the Borders of the Human: The Uncertain Future and Non-Human Agencies in Leena Krohn’s Pereat mundus at the University of Tampere, Finland on the 30th of May 2015. This essay is a slightly edited version of the lectio praecursoria given by Raipola before the defense. The dissertation (including an abstract in English) can be accessed at TamPub Institutional Repository, http://urn.fi/URN:ISBN:978-951-44-9805-3.

Keywords: humanismi, posthumanismi, ekokritiikki, Leena Krohn; tulevaisuus.

Download this article as PDF

_____________________________________________

Liisa Rantalaiho:
In Memoriam: Sir Terry Pratchett (28th April 1948 – 12th March 2015)

Download this article as PDF

Leena Romu:
Kirja-arvio: Katja Kontturi, Ankkalinna – portti kahden maailman välillä. Don Rosan Disney-sarjakuvat postmodernina fantasiana

Download this article as PDF

Markku Soikkeli:
Kirja-arvio: Tapani Kilpeläinen, Silmät ilman kasvoja – kauhu filosofiana

Download this article as PDF