Hi! I’m Edwin H Rydberg. I write entertaining 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.
I regularly attend UK SF conventions, so hit me up for a chat if you see me there. I also enjoy playing online video games.
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When I was a kid I liked 3 things: space, comics, and science (video games entered my world a few years later, although this was still early 80s so that meant arcades and coin-ops). At ten I created a comic about a war between Earth and Venus. It featured the exploits of Terran space spy and his mission to infiltrate a Venusian space station. As you might guess, this was shortly after I’d seen Star Wars (the one now called ‘A New Hope’). I didn’t write another piece of fiction for twenty years.
In the meantime I learned more about space, science and technology (in my teens I could quote the specs for all the latest fighter jets and I was the only person in my graduating class who knew what a quark was — yeah, I was a big hit at parties). After some indecision, I eventually became a biochemist. However, a fortunate post-doctoral position not only turned me back toward writing, but also rekindled my long dormant love of science fiction writing. After winning a Europe-wide science writing competition in 2005 and then hitting a whole series of life changes (including marriage, child, and moving country), I decided this was the time to move on to a career in writing and publishing.
To begin, I joined a vibrant community at Writing.com that led to my forming Utility Fog Press and publishing the Assassins’ Canon and Farspace anthologies (I also got into digital art). During this time I also used the inspiration from NaNoWriMos to write the first drafts of three novels. A short time later, a local writing course led to the formation of the York Novelists writing group, which was very helpful to my development as a writer, and eventually led to me form Promoting Yorkshire Authors — a regional author self-help group that is developing promotion opportunities in Yorkshire, UK for Yorkshire authors.
Throughout this time I published very little of my own work, but that’s changing now. My first work to be published was Episode 1 of the six-part superhero trilogy Altered Destiny. Next up is Book 1 of the Dreams of Mortality series, a collection of loosely-linked stand-alone novels the tie into a future humanity series I’m working on.
Born: the northern tip of Lake Superior
From: the Canoe Capital of Canada
University: Waterloo (B.Sc. Biochem), UBC (Ph.D. Biochem)
Fellowships: Weizmann Institute, IRBM
Research topics: Human alpha-amylase, acetlycholine esterase, HCV RNA polymerase
Writing awards: 2005 EMBO science writing contest
Writing groups: Writing.com (2006 – 2009), York Novelists (2008-2015)
Author groups: Promoting Yorkshire Authors (co-founder, 2016 – present)
Books: Game, Set, Deathmatch; Assassins’ Canon; Farspace 1; Farspace 2