About Fredrik Ekman

I was born in 1970 and grew up in Västervik on the east coast of Sweden, although I currently live in Linköping, where I have also attended university. I started my higher education at the University of Karlskrona/Ronneby where I studied at the Computer and Information System Program (currently MDA). Before that I had also attended the one-year RADa program (currently IT-programmet) at Stålhagsskolan, Hultsfred. At Linköping University I have, among other things, studied English (one year) and Teaching (one year) in addition to having learned yet more about computers.

My interest in computers was awakened in the early 80's when my father started a computer company. This gave me the opportunity to follow the development of the home and personal computer. I have a broad knowledge about computers and have experience from the popular operating systems, as well as more than a dozen different programming languages. I have a special interest in the Internet, to which I have been connected since the beginning of 1992.

I have always been interested in writing and have through the years written for a number of non-profit magazines of different kinds. In later years, I have started a professional career as a writer. Since I am happy with my current residential status and since I work well independently towards a deadline, I have chosen to work free-lance, which has so far worked out very well. Among other things, I was the Internet columnist of Windowstidningen (a major Swedish computer magazine) for over a year and a half and I am currently responsible for the computer web sites reviews of Internetworld (another major Swedish computer magazine). I am just as happy to write in English as in Swedish.

From 1997 on I am also editor in chief of the club magazine of the martial arts club that I am a member of, with an editorial staff numbering circa ten people, plus writers (all non-profit, of course).

Publications I have written for

Professional magazines

  • Aftonbladet IT - IT-bilaga till svensk dagstidning
  • Internetworld - Swedish Internet magazine (IDG)
  • Windowstidningen - independent Swedish magazine about Windows (IT Media)

Non-profit magazines, fanzines, etc

  • Beyond Bree - American fanzine about Tolkien and his books
  • The Computer Gamers' Gazette - American fanzine about computer games
  • ERBzin-e - electronic fanzine about Edgar Rice Burroughs
  • Kastväsendet - club magazine for a Swedish martial arts club
  • Michi - club magazine for another Swedish martial arts club
  • Other Hands - American fanzine about role-playing in Tolkien's Middle-earth
  • Åtta Bitar - Swedish fanzine about Commodore's eight-bit computers

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