Welcome to Alternate Futures, a place for people who love the amazing developments of the modern world and who want to explore paths and pitfalls those developments sometimes bring… especially in story form.
I’m Edwin H Rydberg. I write short stories and novels where I explore the changing landscape of humanity as influenced by technology. I’m fascinated by the amazing and unexpected ways in which technology and society interact.
My writing journey has been a long, convoluted one with turns and twists, side-roads and distractions. It began during my doctorate with failed attempts at writing my thoughts on the universe (failed due to multiple hard drive crashes). It continued through the emotional release valve of poetry before catching fire during my post-doctoral fellowships with science fiction.
I’ve been a member of several writing communities that have been very valuable to my development, including Writing.com and York Novelists but until now I’ve always found distractions and excuses to not finish my work (as attested to by three manuscripts sitting unedited for almost ten years and another several books half-finished). However, I’ve recently made some life changes, and returned to writing with the intent to finally publish much of the work I’ve written, or started writing. This year watch for novels coming out in my Altered Destiny series and my Gateway to Eternity/Dreams of Sentience series as well as some children’s books.
My writing journey actually began while doing my doctorate when I was layed up in bed after a knee surgery. With not much to do and a lot of time on my hands, I began writing a memoir around my thoughts – specifically on the nature of time. However, three hard drive crashes later I figured I was being given a message, so I stopped. By then I’d healed up and was back to finishing my degree.
This was a very emotional period in my life, as I’m sure many who have done 5-6 year doctorate studies may attest to, and I next took to writing poetry as a means of emotional release. These were fairly amateurish attempts, but they served my purpose and I made it through my degree with my mind intact (mostly).
During my post-doctorate fellowship that followed, I met a fellow science fiction enthusiast who inspired me to begin writing many of the story ideas that had then begun to populate my head. In 2005, I won a European science story writing contest and in 2006 I began writing more seriously. Deciding I needed to join a community of writers to properly figure out this writing thing, I signed up to Writing.com where I entered a vibrant, enthusiastic community of writers. This showed me which parts of my writing where strong and which needed work. It also led to my creating a small press Utility Fog Press for publishing anthologies. But there’s only so much feedback you can get from an online community, so I took a ‘Finish Your Novel’ course at York University. This ended up being a writing critique course that morphed into a writing group I’ve been with for almost ten years now.
After writing my drafts of my first three manuscripts, my wife and I started a family. As our situation made it difficult to concentrate on writing, I spend the next several years publishing anthologies and learning digital artwork for cover design. I’ve recently returned to writing with the intent to finally publish much of the work I’ve written, or started writing. This year watch for novels coming out in my Altered Destiny series and my Gateway to Eternity/Dreams of Sentience series.
On this website you’ll find short stories, science fiction reviews, thoughts on technological developments, my geeking-out about future-tech, and opinions on how technology might influence the future of social issues. I update the blog weekly with a new post, as well as providing a weekly newsletter.
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