Tom Ölander

(1945 — August 26, 2002)

Tom Ölander was before 1976 the only sf-fan in Finland and for many years, the only Finnish fan to travel to conventions outside of Finland. In 1981, Ölander helped start the first Finnish semiprozine, Aikakone and the following year organize the first Finnish National Convention. The typical Finncon now attracts nearly 2000 members. Ölander worked to promote fandom outside of Finland to Finnish fans and worked to arrange to translate authors’ work into Finnish. He attended Eurocon 11 in Hungary 1988.


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