Liisa Rantalaiho is known in Finnish science fiction fandom as a founding member of Spektre, a science fiction society in Tampere, a long-time judge of the Portti short story competition, and a book reviewer for Portti magazine, as well as a writer and performer of filk songs. The Finnish Science Fiction Writers Association awarded her with the Cosmos Pen Award in 2006 for her groundbreaking work as an advocate of Finnish science fiction literature.
Liisa Rantalaiho got her Ph.D. in the social sciences in 1968. She has a versatile career in the fields of occupational psychology and sociology and is a pioneer of women’s studies in Finland. In 1999, she received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Lapland. She retired from the University of Tampere after a long career.
The Jyväskylä Science Fiction Society 42 invited Liisa Rantalaiho to be the Fan Guest of Honour at Finncon 2010 in Jyväskylä for many reasons. She has made a significant contribution in connecting fandom in Tampere and throughout Finland, as well as in supporting various activities. She is an inspiring, motivating and knowledgeable performer who is interested in the fantastic also in the visual arts and music.
In the field of Finnish science fiction writing, Liisa Rantalaiho has had a great effect on both writers and readers as a reviewer, presenter, judge and opinion provider. In the annual meetings of Finnish science fiction writers (FINFAR), her comments are well-informed, extensive and methodologically weighty. She has also acted as the preliminary examiner and opponent for the first doctoral thesis dealing with Finnish science fiction fandom, published in spring 2009.