Aila Johanna Sinisalo is a Finnish science fiction and fantasy writer. She studied comparative literature and drama, amongst other subjects, at the University of Tampere. Professionally she worked in the advertising business, rising to the level of marketing designer.
An important figure in the Finnish science fiction scene in the late 1980s and early '90s, she was also the first Finnish science fiction writer to make a mainstream breakthrough by breaking genre barriers.
Sinisalo was awarded the Finlandia Prize for literature in 2000 for her first novel, Ennen pÃ¤ivÃ¤nlaskua ei voi. The novel has been translated into several languages. An English translation of "Linnunaivot" was published in 2010 by Peter Owen Publishers under the title "Birdbrain". Not Before Sundown was awarded The James Tiptree Jr. award in 2004. Movie rights were acquired by Carter Smith in 2006. She was nominated for a Nebula Award in 2009 for Baby Doll.