Stefan Stenudd bio

Video made for my own amusement in 2007. More of my art videos here: My YouTube Channel

This is me so far

I was born 1954 in Stockholm, Sweden, and grew up in suburbs of that city. I continued to move around between central Stockholm and its suburbs, except for a year in the USA (Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and New York in 1979-80) until 1991. Then I moved to the city of Malmö in the south of Sweden, where I still live.


I finished high school in 1974 as a Natural Science major with modest grades and an exam paper om Chinese calligraphy. The following year I entered the School of Artistic Education (Grundskolan för konstnärlig utbildning) for a short but zestful period before deciding to go autodidact.

       I entered Stockholm University in the early 1980's for a few years of studies and disputes within Popular and Mass Culture, Social Anthropology and the History of Ideas. In 1993 I returned with delight to the History of Ideas at Lund University, starting a dissertation on creation myths that I still work on irregularly.


Nine to five is not really my thing, but in my youth I had a few short employments such as at the Arbitrage department of the now deceased Göteborgs Bank, manual poster printing ā la Gutenberg at the NK department store, offset printing at the Foreign Ministry and other government bodies, a rebellious janitor at ship insurance company Assuranceforeningen Skuld, and computerized evaluation of robot tests at the Swedish Military Defense.

       For some years I supported myself as a substitute teacher in various subjects and on several high schools in the upper and lower social settings of Stockholm. A longer period in the first half of the 1980's I was as a vague tutor in the Brandbergen Youth Group, dealing with so-called delinquents.

Stefan Stenudd. Photo by Ulf Lundquist 2017.
Stefan Stenudd. Photo by Ulf Lundquist 2017.


From the start of the 1980's I was freelance writing for various newspapers and magazines, with periods as a critic of science fiction and fantasy novels in the tabloid daily Aftonbladet, a rock music and drama critic in the morning daily Dagens Nyheter, a polemic substitute editor and member of the editing board of Ordets Makt, the cultural magazine for teenagers, a columnist in the Martial arts mag Svenska Fighter, et cetera.

       I spent twelve years as the very secret restaurant critic of the Malmö daily newspaper Sydsvenskan 1995-2007. I was also a columnist for the extremely short-lived free Stockholm daily newspaper Everyday, I forget when, and for an equally short time editor of a comic strip magazine owned by ETC Publishing.

       Since 2007 my journalistic writing is mostly done by blogging.


I started painting passionately after high school, but long interruptions followed when I focused on writing instead. Still, I had several exhibits in the distant past (that's the 1970's). Since then I've made most pictures with the digital camera and Photoshop — until the summer of 2014, when I started painting again, with as much frenzy as in the 1970's.

       You can see some of my canvases — old and new — on this website.


My literary debut was in 1979 with a science fiction novel for youth, Om Om, which won a Scandinavian competition. Some ten books of both fiction and non-fiction followed, as well as a few plays and movie scripts.

       My first book written in English, Occasionally I contemplate Murder, was published in 2006. Now, it's more than ten books in English, novels as well as non-fiction, on themes that many would describe as speculative. They are presented on this website.

Stefan Stenudd 45 years in aikido, 2017. Many more aikido videos here: My Aikido Channel on YouTube


I started to practice aikido in 1972, when I was 18 years old. It was in Järfälla Budo Club until 1977, then on to start Brandbergen Aikido Club. In 1991 I moved to Malmö and started the aikido section at GAK Enighet, a martial arts club founded already in 1892. I still teach there. Here is our website: Aikido Enighet

       Presently I have the aikido grade of 7 dan Aikikai (2015), Shihan (2010), and also 4 dan iaido (1996) of the Aikido Toho Iai Kenkyukai formed by Shoji Nishio.

       I was Chairman of Swedish Kendo in the early 1980's, Swedish Aikido in 1989-91 and again 1995-99, also Member of the Swedish Budo & Martial Arts Federation board in several periods since the early 1980's, between 2009 and 2016 as its President.

       I have been a member of the Swedish Aikido Grading Committee since it was founded. In the International Aikido Federation I was the creator of its first website and Member of its Directing Committee 2004-2012, the last four years as its Vice Chairman.


I keep on writing books and teaching aikido. That's about it. Oh — and I glance frequently at my easel, thinking I should really paint some more.

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The wisdom of Taoism and the Tao Te Ching, its ancient source.

An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.

Qi (also spelled chi or ki) explained, with exercises to increase it.

The ancient Chinese system of divination and free online reading.

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About me
I'm a Swedish author of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, an historian of ideas and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.